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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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1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is worth visiting, suspect it gets overlooked with the famous gardens on its door steps. But it is a lovely example of its type. It also has a excellent information booth there where English is spoken.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank GarryUK
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very pretty place to see beautiful Japanese gardens and feel Zen-like. There is not a castle. There are some of the castles out buildings and gates. Nothing to go inside, all outside walking.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We didn’t gin inside the castle, but had a good walk around the outside and in one of the gates. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank GarethGym01
Reviewed 1 week ago

Japan's castles have a difficult fate. Few of them have survived to this day at least in partial form. What we see is only reconstruction. Castles Osaka, Matsumoto burned down, castles Hiroshima and Nagoya completely destroyed by American bombers. Kanazawa castle, unfortunately, is no exception....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank VadimM67
Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually restored relatively recently, and although the restoration has been undertaken sympathetically, and with great detail and craftsmanship, the sense and connection feels somewhat ‘lost’. Yes, it is a pretty amazing building, but it doesn’t compare to other ‘castles’ visited during our sojourn. If this...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Foxy-Froggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kanazawa Castle is a central feature of the city and is adjacent to the Kenroku-en gardens. Entry is free for over 65 year olds. A significant part of the castle has been restored using original methods. The carpentry and joinery are amazing and the whole...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John_Dese
Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is worth a visit. It's quiet inside, it's like you have the castle to yourself. The gate is impressive when you arrive form the Kenroku-en garden.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank NoeB1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, stunning white castle and grounds. Wonderful place to tour and walk through the grounds. Beautiful views of the city around and below.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tr0yelli0tt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is really more of a museum than a castle. It's nothing like the Matsumoto Castle, but it's very nice and very interesting. Lots of information on how it was built. Definitely worth doing.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mafischl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Kanazawa Castle -whats left of it- is an amazing sight. The perimeter wall is huge and beautifully restored. The main gate is a work of art with stunning wooden gates. A moat surrounds the castle walls and the entire area is clean so well...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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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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