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Visiting Kaga-no-kuni Region to Learn Its History

Started as a castle town of Kaga Hyakuman-goku (meaning the Kaga domain with one million goku/koku (about five million bushels) of rice produced annually in Japanese) and having been flourishing thereafter, Kanazawa City has many attractive places and local specialties: the Kanazawa Castle Park and the Kenroku-en garden where you can feel Kanazawa’s history and tradition, traditional crafts such as Kanazawa gold leaf crafts and Kutani potteries. The city also has many shopping areas. Let us introduce a recommended tourist course where you will surely find restaurants and shops, and there you can enjoy fresh sea foods, Kanazawa curry and other delicious foods which you can only discover in Kanazawa and Kaga.

Visiting Kaga-no-kuni Region to Learn Its History

Complete Process :One night and two days
Tokyo Station
Travel Time:About 153 min

TrainTrain:About 153 min

Kanazawa Station
Travel Time:About 5 min

BusBus:About 5 min

Ohmicho-ichibapic
Enjoy and feel filled by sashimi-topped rice bowl and sushi with plenty of fresh sea foods.
Travel Time:About 20 min

BusBus:About 20 min

Kanazawa Castle Parkpic
Kenroku-en Gardenpic
Kenroku-en is one of 3 major parks in Japan. You can see “Yukituri” in winter.
Travel Time:About 10 min

BusBus:About 10 min

Kohrinbo Shopping Areapic
Travel Time:About 20 min

BusBus:About 20 min

Kanazawa Station
Travel Time:About 25 min

TrainTrain:About 25 min

Kaga-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Villagepic
You will be served with delicious foods from mountains and the sea with refined elegance and emotion in four seasons.
inn Kaga-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village

BusBus

Kakusenkei Valleypic
Walk around Basho-loved Kakusenkei walking path. Relax and enjoy delicious fruit sweets in a riverbed restaurant.
Kutaniyaki Kamamoto Tenjikan Museumpic
At an old pottery kiln designated as a national historic site, experience Kutani pottery making such as painting a pottery and operating a kerokuro kick wheel.
"Yumenokuni No Mori" Japanese Traditional Handicrafts Village in Kagapic
Travel Time:About 26 min

TrainTrain:About 26 min

”Kanazawa Hyakubangai (Anto, Rinto)” Kanazawa Station Buildingpic
Travel Time:About 154 min

TrainTrain:About 154 min

Tokyo Station

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Introduction to Spots
Ohmicho-ichiba
The Ohmicho-ichiba market has been popular as “the kitchen of Kanazawa’s people,” which supports Kanazawa’s food culture, since a long time ago. There are about 180 restaurants and shops in the market, including fresh food shops selling fresh sea foods and Kaga vegetables, and restaurants serving bowls of rice topped with sashimi as well as sushi.
 ・Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
 ・Website URL: http://ohmicho-ichiba.com/ (Japanese)
Kanazawa Castle Park
The site of the Kanazawa Castle, which was then used as a residence castle by the Maeda family of the Kaga domain, is now used as a park called the Kanazawa Castle Park. In the park, the Ishikawa-mon gate and the Sanjukken Nagaya turret (both of which are important cultural properties) remain as they were in the Edo era, while the Gojukken Nagaya warehouse, the Kawakita-mon gate, and the yokusenin-maru-teien garden were faithfully restored.
 ・Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kanazawajou/ (Japanese, English,
Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Kenroku-en Garden
Adjacent to the Kanazawa Castle, the Kenroku-en garden was constructed as the Kaga domain’s garden in the Edo era, and is well known for its Kotojitoro lantern and Yukituri works which are typically seen on winter days where ropes or wires are placed around trees to protect them from snow with ropes or wires stretched from the top of them to their lower branches to prevent their breaking under heavy snow. In the garden, you can enjoy a refined elegance and emotion in four seasons.
In the garden, there is spring water then called Kanaarainosawa (which is now called the Kinjoreitaku sacred well) from which the name of Kanazawa came.
・Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kanazawajou/ (Japanese, English,
Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Kohrinbo Shopping Area
In the Kohrinbo shopping area, there are lots of popular shopping stores, including KOHRINBO ATRIO and KOHRINBO 109 as the area’s representative shopping malls.
・Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://kanazawa5towns.com/kohrinbo.html (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese)
Kaga-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village
The Kaga-onsen-kyo hot spring village is a collective term used for Kanazawa’s 4 distinctively characteristic hot springs: the Yamanaka-onsen Yamashiro-onsen, Katayamazu-onsen, and Awazu-onsen hot springs. These 4 hot springs are leading hot springs in the Kaga region, and are also called Kaga Yonto meaning Kaga’s leading 4 hot springs in Japanese.
・Website URL: http://www.kaga410.com/ (Japanese)
Kakusenkei Valley
This is a valley of the Daishoji-gawa river which flows along the Yamanaka-onsen hot spring area, and is famous for its Korogi-bashi, Ayatori-bashi, and Kurotani-bashi bridges. There is a walking path along the valley, along which there are many places you should visit, including the Basho-do small temple which enshrines Mr. Matsuo Basho famous for his haiku poems (Japanese poems of seventeen syllables) in the Edo era, and the Mugen-an garden where Kutani potteries and the paintings of Mr. Ogata Korin, a famous Japanese painter in the Edo era are exhibited in old samurai residences of Japan’s traditional residential architecture.
・Website URL: http://tabimati.net/midokoro/detail_kanko.php?p=3974 (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Kutaniyaki Kamamoto Tenjikan Museum
In the Kutaniyaki Kamamoto Tenjikan museum, the old Yoshidaya-gama pottery kiln is exhibited as dug and discovered, which was built in the late Edo era and is now designated as a national historic site of Japan. There are currently one of the oldest Kutani potter climbing kilns built in 1940 and an exhibition annex which is said to be built around 1898 to 1906 and was used as a workshop for a Kutani pottery manufacturer. You can experience how to actually paint potteries and how to operate a kick wheel (kerokuro in Japanese) to shape pottery materials.
・Website URL: http://www.kagacable.ne.jp/~kamaato/ (Japanese)
"Yumenokuni No Mori" Japanese Traditional Handicrafts Village in Kaga
In the village, you can experience how to make Wajima-nuri Japanese lacquerware, Yuzen stencil dyeing, and Kutani potteries and other traditional handcrafts of which Ishikawa Prefecture is proud.
・ Website URL: http://www.yunokuni.jp/mori/ (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese,
Korean)
”Kanazawa Hyakubangai (Anto, Rinto)” Kanazawa Station Building
In the station building, there are about 90 souvenir shops which sell local specialties of Kanazawa, Kaga and Noto.
・Location: Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
・ ・Website URL: http://www.100bangai.co.jp/ (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese,
Korean)