The reason I wanted to go to Kanazawa was to take a bus to the villages of Ainokura and Shirakawa-go. I wanted to sleep in a “Gassho-Zukuri” farmhouse. I did so in 2009 and have great memories of it! It was so beautiful! Unfortunately, when we tried to book one, they were all fully reserved. No big deal, Kanazawa was quite nice too! It’s where one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan”, Kenroku-en, is.

We started with a quick walk through Kanazawa castle, or more like, what’s remaining of it. The Ishikawa-mon gate is one of the only remaining structure. Now, it leads to Kenroku-en. It was peak cherry blossom and pretty crowded! There were also some food stands.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kenroku-en

Kenroku-en is open all year and is known to be beautiful in all seasons. It features several ponds and lanterns. The Kotoji Toro is a two-legged stone lantern and one of the main feature of the garden. Read more about Kenroku-en history on Japan-Guide.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Higashi CHaya District

After this, we walked to Higashi Chaya District, one part of the old town in Kanazawa. It looks a bit like Gion in Kyoto, and again there were tourists dressed up in Kimono and visiting. Honestly, I find this practice a bit strange.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

We stopped for a light meal in Fumuroya Cafe, a "fu" (wheat flour) coffee shop/restaurant/tea house. It was really good, I love rice cake and fu!

Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Stay: Hotel MYSTAYS Castle

We didn’t stay in anything special in Kanazawa, we booked the Hotel MYSTAYS Kanazawa Castle because it was the most affordable option. It's a nice basic hotel that has public baths and laundry machines. They don't have dryers though so be careful! The room was really tiny and left little space for luggages (even our backpack). If you're tall, the bathroom may even be a bit cramped, but overall, we had a good stay and we had a good service.

Kanazawa Photo Album

You can see all my Kanazawa pictures in this Flickr album:

Kanazawa

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