During the Edo period, the city of Kanazawa grew to become a town of outstanding cultural achievements, rivalling Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. At the time, it was home to the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa.
The city is home to many historical attractions such as the Edo style residences and districts. If you'd like to emerge yourself in ancient Japan, it is the place to be. Explore the modern museums and Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens."
Kanazawa castle in winter
We recommend strolling through Nagamachi, an old samurai district found at the foot of Kanazawa Castle (built in the 1580s). The past residence of samurais and their families. The historic atmosphere is one of a kind, and it offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about some of the legendary samurai legends and stories.
Traditional Tea House in Kanazawa
The Higashi Chaya District is the largest entertainment area in Kanazawa and is worth a look. During the Edo period, "chayas" (tea houses) were exclusive restaurants where geishas entertained guests with songs and dance performances. If you are lucky, you might be able to see some!