Watch me journey my method by means of Kanazawa, Japan in a whirlwind journey! I’ll present you
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Kanazawa was an historic service provider city identified for its arts & crafts, in addition to its big fort. It’s a fantastic metropolis to add to your Japan journey itinerary!
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*How do I get to Kanazawa from Tokyo?*
Traveling from Tokyo to Kanazawa solely takes 2.5 hours. In March 2015, the Nagano Shinkansen line opened a brand new practice that runs to Kanazawa station. It’s referred to as Hokuriku Shinkansen. I went from Nagano to Kanazawa which solely took a bit of over one hour.
*twenty first Century Museum of Contemporary Art*
The free a part of the museum is an exhibit on fabric. You can really feel the completely different supplies used to make a bit of material. I consider the exhibit that’s supplied without cost modifications on a regular basis. The outdoors of the museum has fairly attention-grabbing items you’ll be able to have a look at.
*Kanazawa has cherry blossoms!*
If you missed the cherry blossoms you’ll be able to nonetheless catch the Yaezakura cherry blossoms! It is a multi-layered cherry blossom. Because of the completely different layers the colours vary from gentle to darkish pink.
*Things to Do in Kanazawa*
1) When in Kanazawa, you’ve got to attempt gold leaf ice cream. Kanazawa produces 99% of all gold leaf in Japan.
2) Kanazawa additionally has a wealthy custom of creating superb craft gadgets. This stems from the fifteenth century the place samurai used to rule the land. They didn’t have any wars to battle and have been wealthy in meals and land, in order that they determined to make investments lots of their assets into arts and crafts.
Today, Kanazawa has over 400 legendary craftsmen devoted to 36 various kinds of arts and crafts. Gold leaf, fireworks, umbrellas and fishing lures are a number of the specialties of the realm.
3) Chaya Area is a beautiful neighborhood of fantastically preserved geisha homes. Many have now been transformed into eating places or teahouses. This place jogged my memory of Gion in Kyoto. Like right here additionally it is a well-known geisha district.
4) Kanazawa Castle
From 1583 to the tip of the Edo Period, Kanazawa Castle was the seat of the highly effective Maeda Clan, a feudal land second solely to the Tokugawa’s lands when it comes to measurement and wealth.
The unique fort was burnt down and I didn’t hassle to pay to go inside. There isn’t a lot inside in contrast to Matsumoto fort. If you haven’t seen my journey to Matsumoto keep in mind to go examine that out.
Kanazawa Castle Hours
7:00 to 18:00 (March 1 to October 15)
8:00 to 17:00 (October 16 by means of February)
5) Kanazawa Tea Ceremony
If you need an actual tea ceremony expertise, they’ve one right here.
This beautiful personal backyard and tea home was reconstructed primarily based on the unique ground plans and opened in 2015. It’s one of many prettiest locations in Japan for my part, and consuming matcha tea within the tea home whereas searching on the view is a particular expertise.
On Friday and Saturday nights, they open the backyard and light-weight it up. I didn’t get to try this this journey however I learn that it’s a stunning sight.
6) Omnicho Market
I couldn’t simply go away with out experiencing this market. So earlier than I left Kanazawa, I had to cease by this market to have a look.
This place jogs my memory of Nishiki market in Kyoto, simply not as massive and crowded. It’s additionally maze like with a bunch of small coordinators snaking round in every single place.
I beloved the massive, uncooked oysters right here. You can add your sauces on it and it solely prices 500 yen. I additionally obtained the calm which was disappointing and fishy.
7) Eat Kanazawa Curry
I got here right here as a result of it was conveniently situated inside Kanazawa practice station and Go Go curry is a well-known model. I’ve by no means tried Kanazawa styled curry earlier than. Kanazawa curry has some particular attributes: it wants to be thick and gooey and is usually candy. It’s served with shredded cabbage and curry solely covers the rice. It’s historically eaten in a stainless-steel bowl and a fork and a spoon (or perhaps a spork).
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