Historic Scenery & Traditional Culture
In addition to its historic urban atmosphere and numerous priceless cultural properties, Kanazawa is home to nationally designated traditional crafts and traditional performing arts, and other forms of traditional culture that can still be experienced today.
Beyond the famous Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden, the city also features the Higashi Chaya and Kazuemachi Chaya districts along the east side of the Asanogawa River, which, along with the Nishi Chaya district on the west side of the Saigawa River, are all popular sightseeing destinations for their restored feudal-era Japanese architecture and atmosphere.
Just outside the Korinbo area at the center of Kanazawa with its high-rise buildings lies the Nagamachi samurai district, with its old earthen walls and old homes once inhabited by samurais.
Kanazawa also has a number of temple districts built around the castle, with Utatsuyama to the northeast, Kodatsuno to the southeast, and Teramachi to the southwest all remaining as beneficiaries of Kanazawa’s having been spared air raids during World War II. In addition to historic buildings, these districts are known for Noh plays and other performing arts, as well as traditional crafts and industrial techniques such as gold leaf, lacquering, metalworking, and pottery. Other cultural traditions, such as tea ceremony and wagashi Japanese sweets, are likewise a part of the intangible cultural heritage that is a key part of this area’s identity.
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Kanazawa’s traditional Kaga Cuisine makes full use of the area’s natural abundance from both land and sea. The sea surrounding the Noto Peninsula, to the north of Kanazawa, is where the Tsushima warm current meets the Liman cold current, and this collision between the two has made these offshore waters a treasure trove of outstanding seafood. Kaga Cuisine owes a great debt of gratitude to the Sea of Japan: at Omicho Market, the so-called “kitchen of Kanazawa,” shops sell fresh yellowtail, crab, shrimp, squid, and much more, with many restaurants offering incredibly fresh seafood bowls and sushi. There are also shops at Omicho Market that offer samples of locally grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to its exceptionally fresh ingredients, Kaga Cuisine is noteworthy for its beauty — an aesthetic sensibility polished by the tea ceremony, said to be the pinnacle of hospitality, can be found in Kaga Cuisine. To further enhance the beauty of the food, Kaga Cuisine is often served in dishes made with local traditional techniques, whether lacquerware decorated with finely detailed maki-e gold powder designs or colorful Kutaniyaki ceramics. Indeed, these Kutaniyaki ceramics are a particularly popular choice for service a wide variety of Kaga Cuisine dishes. And for dessert, why not enjoy some of Kanazawa’s traditional wagashi Japanese sweets, known nationwide?
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Hot spring towns with a thousand years or more of history can be found throughout Ishikawa Prefecture. Enjoy an elegant tour of these hot spring towns, with beautifully Japanese scenery along the way.
• Kaga Area (Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu, Awazu, Tatsunokuchi)
• Kanazawa Area (Yuwaku, Saigawakyo, Kyokusui, Fukatani)
• Noto Area (Wakura, Suzu, Nebuta)