Kanazawa as we see it
(From Wikitravel): "Kanazawa is one of the overlooked jewels of Japanese tourism - although not
by the Japanese, who visit in droves. Its relatively remote location, off the beaten (shinkansen)
track, has perhaps unfairly contributed to a lower number of foreign tourists. However for those
travellers who want to see perhaps the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country (along
with Takayama), it is hard to beat. Kyoto's offerings of temples and shrines are all very well,
but Japanese history and culture is not just about them. The samurai, the merchants, the geisha,
and the lords have all left their mark on Kanazawa in a compact, easily navigable central area.
Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art. Kanazawa
cuisine is famous throughout Japan, particularly its seafood since it lies in the sweet spot of the
hot south and cold north currents. The quality of food is so high, that essentially you'll eat good
food whatever the price."
We will be staying at
Route Inn Ekimae.
The Kanazawa Festival
Our main reason for taking this extension to the core trip is to
experience the Kanaawa festival. Here is some background information
giving you an idea of what to expect:
Some other things to do in Kanazawa
Here is a list of suggested sites to see / things
to do in Kanazawa. If you're not interested in the
festival, you can ...