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.
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.
Kanazawa Castle, Japan 🙂