The city of Kanazawa is probably not on everyone’s Japan itinerary list. Most people just use the city as a transportation hub heading to Takayama or Shirakawa-go. Some include is as a day trip to visit Japan’s third most beautiful garden Kenrokouen. If you spend more than a day here, you’ll realize the town is full of surprises and perfectly preserved because it escaped the air raids during World War II. Kanazawa is close to the ocean and located in the Ishikawa prefecture. It boasts with a wonderful fresh food market, Omicho.
The Jizo Statues of the Kanmangafuchi Abyss in Nikko. Such amazing nature too.
Whenever I plan my next trip, I spend a lot of time reading about my destination. I’m constantly on the lookout for helpful articles about what to see, where to eat and where to shop. Sometimes you come across the perfect destination guide and the best you can do is to either print it out or bookmark it and try to search for the places the article talks about on Google Maps. This can be really troublesome and what if you would like to read the article again but you have no data or free wifi?
Well, the guys at GPSMyCity are here to help. If you’re not familiar with their app, be sure to check it out as it has amazing maps of city walk you can use offline! Yes people, offline. That is not all. Many of their city walks are now accompanied by related travel articles that are GPS-guided and some of my most popular city guides are now also available with this feature. You can also download the articles and read them offline later – no more worries about your internet data.
This is so cool! How do I get it?
Firstly, you have to get the GPSMyCity app on your iOS device from the itunes store. You’ll find City Walk maps for over 600 cities and accompanied by even more helpful articles. You can download the articles for free and keep it for later. If you want to download the accompanying map of the article, you’ll have to make a small in app purchase for it (about $1) and voila, you’re set up with your own cool destination article guide!
Four of my most popular posts has been turned into article guide apps in collaboration with GPSMyCity and to celebrate, I am giving away my Harajuku and Omotesando Guide article app away for free! This will be for a limited time only (a week after the launch) so that you can check out the awesome functionality of the apps for yourself.
Clink on the link below to download my Harajuku and Omotesando Guide article app, and then upgrade the app for the GPS map.
Here are some of my other Article Guides:
The Shibuya area in Tokyo is a popular district for shopping, entertainment and nightlife. It’s located between the equally popular Shinjuku and Harajuku areas and a good central point to stay if you visit Tokyo. Most of the well-known shops and restaurants are located around Shibuya Station and you’ve probably seen pictures of the busy Shibuya Crossing or heard about Hachiko, the loyal dog’s statue. Here’s some of my recommendations on what to see and do in Shibuya.
Kanazawa is located in central Honshu in Japan’s Isikawa prefecture. With its unique location between mountains and sea, it provided a stronghold for the Maeda feuadal lords and the town developed its own cultural identity. Kanazawa focussed more on culture than industry and it was spared from the World War II bombings. There were many reasons I included Kanazawa in my itinerary (it’s like a little Kyoto) but the main reason was to see the beautiful Kenrokouen Garden.
Harajuku is colourful and crazy. It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street. I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo. There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.
The Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) in Tokyo was built as a dedication to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor of modern Japan and his wife, Empress Shoken. I found this shinto shrine situated next to Harajuku station, a busy shopping area, with its 100000 trees and huge torii gates, oozing with tranquility. This was just what I was looking for before starting off my shopping extravaganza in Harajuku, Omotesando down Cat Street straight to Shibuya.
Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera (temple), observation deck, Kyoto, Japan 🙂
Tokyo is a big city with many layers to it. It’s impossible to try to reveal all the layers during a five-day stay, but I certainly tried my best. Asakusa falls under Eastern Tokyo in the Taito ward and it is separated from the more industrial Oshiage area, where you find the Tokyo Skytree, by the Sumida River. So what is there to see in this old entertainment district?
Kanazawa Castle, Japan 🙂