City of Kanazawa / 金沢市.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Kanazawa (map) is a historic city in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. For travelers who want to see one of the best-preserved major Edo-period cities in the country, it’s hard to beat.

Its relatively remote location, on the “wrong” side of the island from the usual Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka tourist trail, has perhaps unfairly contributed to it attracting so few foreign tourists.

The samurai, the merchants, the geisha, and the lords have all left their mark on Kanazawa in a compact, easily navigable central area. Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art.

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Kanazawa is not a very large city and the main attractions for visitors tend to be concentrated around five neighborhoods.

The area stretching between Kanazawa Station (map) and the Omicho market (map) has many modern hotels and stores, but also a plethora of smaller local traditional eateries and craft shops (which tend to be concentrated around Omicho market).

Higashi-Chayagai (map). Located north of the Asano river, the area encompasses the famous geisha district of the same name as well as nice views over the river. The name “Higashi-Chayagai” means “the Eastern tea houses district”. There are several nice drinking and eating places, traditional inns and teahouses as well as shops selling local crafts.

Tera machi (map). Located south of the Sai river, the area (whose name means “temple district”) houses many Buddhist temples (including the most famous, the Ninja temple, map) as well as the other main geisha district, the Nishi-Chayagai (map). The name “Nishi-Chayagai” means “the Western tea houses district”.

Castle, Kenroku-en Garden and museums (map). Admittedly a large area, it stretches from the Castle grounds (map) to the north-west to the museum district to the south-east, and has the Kenroku-en Garden in its middle. Most of the city’s museums are within this area, including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (map), the various prefectural museums, and the D.T. Suzuki Museum (map).

Kohrinbo (map) and Katamachi (map). This area is perhaps the liveliest in the evening, as it comprises many shops and many drinking and eating places. The western part of the area houses the Nagamachi Samurai District (map), with its old houses and lovely local craft shops.

From east (Higashiyama) to west (Teramachi) would take about an hour at a leisurely pace, though to see everything between them properly would take days.

Kanazawa can get a lot of rain, local proverb says “even if you forget your lunchbox, don’t forget your umbrella“.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Transit Planner | Route Map – Japan Transit Planner.

For sorting through transport schedules and fares, HyperDia is an invaluable companion; it computes to-the-minute directions including connecting trains, as well as buses and planes.

Also сheck оut мore info: Transportation in Kanazawa (visitkanazawa.jp) • Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)

BUS: There are three types of buses: city buses, a tourist bus (Kanazawa Loop Bus), and community buses (Furatto-Bus).

Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: JR West Hokuriku Main Line services from Fukui terminate in Kanazawa (kanazawastation.com). IR Ishikawa Railway.

Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: The nearest airport serving Kanazawa is in the city of Komatsu (komatsuairport.jp).

WATERWAYS: Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

KANAZAWA – A Heritage of Cultural Excellence- Introduction.

Kanazawa, a city where the “real” heartbeat of Japanese culture still beats. Step into the castle town that still boasts authentic Japanese culture and an artistic flair established by samurai over 400 years ago. This short film is an introductory highlight reel of 10 short films that will take you on a journey through it all.

video source: Visit Kanazawa Official / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.

HyperDia.Com

HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. Rental car and hotels etc around the station.

Tokyo Cheapo.

A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

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Food

Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.