Touch Samurai and Zen Culture in Kanazawa.
This is a one-day, 7-hour tour around Hokuriku's first castle town, "Kanazawa," with a local guide.
Kanazawa is said to be the origin of the city that Kanazawa Mido used as a base of missionary work in Honganji in the middle of the 16th century. Later in the 16th century, Maeda Toshiie established Kanazawa castle in this area, and since then it developed as the castle town of "Kaga Hyakumangoku" the land of a million rice bushels, prospering from the 17th century during the Edo era to the end of the 19th century. After Edo (Tokyo) , Osaka, Kyoto, it is said that the next biggest city is Kanazawa. The samurai city formed around the castle as a vibrant merchant city, and a temple town which was arranged to protect the castle. The atmosphere of the castle town still remains as a place where Japanese culture is beautifully on display.
After departure from your accommodation, this tour will visit Omicho market first. Omicho market is popular as the kitchen of Kanazawa citizens where seasonal fish and fruits gather, and it can be said that the crabs caught in the Sea of Japan face quite the fate, for it is here where the crabs are lined up, and then also the locally sourced fruit and oden's you can eat while walking around. You can enjoy this scene at your leisure.
Next to Omicho market, you will visit Kanazawa Castle. Kanazawa castle, which is a symbol of Kaga Hyakumanges, was built in 1583 by Toshiie Maeda in full scale and was placed as a residence of 14 Maeda family of Kaga clan until 1869. All buildings other than Ishikawa gate and 30 Nagaya (row houses) have disappeared due to repeated fires, but since 1996 the public has benefited from Kanazawa Castle Park. In 2001, historical buildings were faithfully restored as best possible based on old pictures and old documents. The landscape has once again been revived for the present age.
After lunch, you will visit Kenrokuen. Kenrokuen is one of the three famous Japanese national gardens, listed along with Mito Kairakuen and Okayama Korakuen. The garden boasts a beautiful appearance during every season, and the stunning winter snow hanging together with the famous Koji lanterns in Kanazawa. This is both a symbol and a must-see for Kanazawa sightseeing.
At the end of the tour, you will visit Suzuki Daisenkan from Kenrokuen by way of Honda Forest Park. Suzuki Daisetsu Museum is a spot infused with the thoughts of a world-famous Buddhist philosopher, Suzuki Daisetsu, born Kanazawa, who made Zen culture widely known abroad. Further, Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi is represented here. He is famous for designing large portions of the New York Museum of Modern Art, in particular the extension and renovation of MoMA in 2004, consisting of three buildings, the "entrance building", the "exhibition building", the "thought space building." Here, various representations have been constructed. In the exhibits, it appears as though you passes through a long and narrow corridor that leads to a different space. There is freedom to think and feel as you wish, to touch, watch, and see things as they appear to you, as there is no formal explanation. There is also a space for the various world views of Zen, including the biggest attraction, "the garden of water glasses." Here there is a mysterious charm that draws in the visitor for whatever purpose that might be.
· Walk around "Omicho Market," where fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan is available in great bounty.
· View the castle architecture of Kanazawa castle, embodying samurai culture.
· Stroll and enjoy the elegant garden landscape of Kenrokuen.
· Experience the world of silent Zen as interpreted by Suzuki Daisestu Museum's "Water Garden."
・Please join us wearing shoes that are easy to walk in.
・During severe winter weather, your tour agenda may be subject to change.
・Tour duration can be extended at a rate of 3,000 yen per group, per hour, payable in cash.
¥14,000 for 2 persons or more
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Start Time: 9:30 am
・Food and drinks
Enjoy a Samurai Town with an Insider on a Full Day Private Tour of Kanazawa
From the minute our guide, Junko arrived to greet us, to the end of our tour, could not fault the information, expertise and help given to us during the tour. Very informative and happy to answer any of our questions even if not related to the sites we were visiting i.e. asked about some good shopping areas near our hotel which Junko happily obliged with shops and showed us where they were that we could visit after the tour. Also Junko asked what we wanted for lunch and we decided to leave up to Junko for their suggestion and they didn’t disappoint. The Ramen was fantastic.
Excellent Kanazawa tour. Highly Recommend
This was our favorite tour in Japan because our tour guide Natsuko was able to escape all of the large tour bus crowds. We were able to see so much in just 1 day. From Samurai village to ninja temple to gold leaf ice cream treats to a fancy lunch to the beautiful gardens to the castle and great shopping spots. Transportation was made easy since our tour guide grew up in the town. She was so informative and yet lots of fun to talk with. We were a family with younger children and it was the perfect tour for all ages. Highly recommend Natsuko as your guide!
Rachel Scott（Australia ）★★★★★
Perfect day sightseeing
From the first moment we met our guide Kazu, we felt exited for the day ahead. She had a great sense of humour and her English was amazing. We loved everywhere Kazu took us! Highly recommended ❤️
Ian Jarrett （Australia）★★★★★
Sushi, Zen and ice cream covered in gold
The man who invented the sushi train was a chef frustrated by the fact that he needed to fit more customers into his small restaurant. He came up with the idea of seating his customers around a circular table from where they could serve themselves from a revolving banquet of sushi and sashimi.
The man came from Kanazawa and I was offered this bit of trivia during a day tour of the city that is widely known for its fine castle and beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, which is considered to be one of Japan’s top three most beautiful gardens.
We saw gold leaf production, we ate gold covered ice cream and toured Kanazawa’s geisha enclave ($1000-plus for a chat and dinner “but no romance”), Kazu, our guide, told us.
We covered most of Kanazawa’s attractions, including the History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, where one of the more popular exhibits is Leandro Erlich’s ‘Swimming Pool’.
We did a lot of walking but with time to eat and rest, nowhere more peacefully than at the D.T. Suzuki Museum, which celebrates the life of the man who introduced Zen to the west.
Final thought: This was a bespoke tour with hotel pick-up so we were able to cover the city’s attractions at our own pace.
Ryan Wall （USA）★★★★★
Enjoy a Samurai Town with an Insider on a Full Day Small Group Tour of Kanazawa
We had an exceptional tour of Kanazawa with our English speaking guide Natsuko. She had all of the tour and bus tickets ready so we wasted no time in lines. She was able to avoid the long tour bus lines. She has lived in Kanazawa her whole life so she could easily explain the history. We were able to cover so much in the 8 hours. I would highly recommend this tour with Natsuko.
Kanazawa on Foot
We had Junko as our personal guide for the day. As we had arrived a day early in Kanazawa we had already done some of the standard tour activities. Instead Junko worked with us to come up with a tailored walking/bus tour to cover all the highlights not already done on our own. The walk through the Gardens was stimulating and then onto the Castle. This was a disappointment as apart from the main wall nothing really remains of the wooden structures. A bus ride up the Geisha area was interesting and we were directed to a show Geisha house - something we would not have entered on our own. Junko took us off to a local Ramen restaurant for lunch where we had a great meal of soup and dumplings. We finished with visits to two museums, of which the 21st Century was the most stimulating. Junko did a good job and her English was excellent. Would recommend this tour if in Kanazawa.