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Kanazawa Castle

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All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family, are the Ishikawa Gate, a moat and stone walls.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
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This castle is absolutely worth visiting. The white walls are pretty unique and the town spent a ton restoring it using native building techniques, which are expertly described in a lot of detail. It's a unique "diamond" design/layout, which is fascinating. You can also go...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sushiplease
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Castles in Japan are very different from European counterparts for instance in that some part generally where made of wood. In the buildings one can enter at Kanazawa castle there is plenty of information about the carpentry techniques used (very impressive). The area of the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank MagnusTheTraveler
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nice beautiful garden and castle, just strolling and admiring the cherry blossoms is so enjoyable, lots of open space, Great for kids to run around on the grass along with the fine weather!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank GwenT226
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A good looking structure, even photogenic, but it is a modern rebuild of the original which burnt down, that does not detract from its aesthetic appeal but does knock it out of being of real historical interest.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 676SamB
Reviewed 3 days ago

The castle is really good. Inside you can climb up the tower and they show you how the castle was reconstructed with some glass panels in the floor and walls so you can see how it is made.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank B T
Reviewed 5 days ago

The castle and grounds look incredible at the moment, surrounded by cherry blossom. A photographers dream. The castle grounds probably have all year interest. The inside is a bit sparten and you need to understand that a lot of it has only just been rebuilt...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank BazJackSalisbury
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful castle with stunning grounds. It is a very recommended place to visit in Kanazawa on your way to the gardens.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Karen R
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a nice place to visit, the castle has been well restored and worthy of an hour or so to walk around. Free to enter the grounds but there is a fee to enter the castle.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Scott W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is a reconstruction and just an OK visit. The main grounds are a nice flat walk but the sunken garden is worth the trip to this local.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Lee K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very lucky to catch the sakura full bloom at Kanazawa Castle. It was really beautiful. And enjoyed "Hanami" at the park nearby. The whole area is very clean and there is a toilet nearby. Beside the castle, there is a huge Kenrokuen Garden...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Andrew S
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Entering the Kanazawa Castle Park occupying large area on the outskirt is free of charge. To enter the Hishiyagure (diamond-shaped turret), Gojikken Nagoya (long warehouse) and the Tsuzuki Yagura (turret protecting the... More
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