Things to do in Kanazawa

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    Kenrokuen Gardens

    Kenrokuen Gardens

    Ranked #1 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    9.512 reviews
    Outdoors, Garden
    Popular withGreenHistoryArtsy

    Kenrokuen is one of the top 3 gardens in Japan. Each season has a different look. You can also enjoy lots of traditional local foods in the neighborhood around the ...

  • 2
    Kanazawa Castle

    Kanazawa Castle

    Ranked #2 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    7.19 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesAdventure

    I didn't go in any of the bulidings but the complex itself is fantastic for the gardens and architecture. I went during the cherry blossom festival when entrance was free, ...

  • 3
    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

    21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

    Ranked #3 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    8.45 reviews
    Sights and Museums
    Popular withArtsyFamiliesSpiritual

    Very large open space museum with various pockets of different things to look at and challenge the mind

  • 4
    Nomura Samurai House

    Nomura Samurai House

    Ranked #4 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    10.04 reviews
    Popular withHistoryBackpackersFamilies

    The entrance to this samurai house is free, and I must admit we got here because I read "Maeda Toshiie" (did I mention we are huge history nerds?). Actually Lord ...

  • 5
    Higashi Chaya District

    Higashi Chaya District

    Ranked #5 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    8.45 reviews
    Sights and Museums
    Popular withAdventureHistoryFoodies

    The Higashi-Chaya district is a really unique experience. We stumbled upon it after visiting the Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. (Turn left... About two blocks, the district is on your left). ...

  • 6
    Myoryu-ji Temple

    Myoryu-ji Temple

    Ranked #6 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    10.03 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Temple
    Popular withHistoryBackpackersAdventure

    Myōryū-ji (Temple) is commonly known as Ninja-dera ("Ninja Temple"),but is not actually associated with ninjas. The temple got its nickname because of its many deceptive defenses, which include trap doors, ...

  • 7
    Kanazawa Samurai District

    Kanazawa Samurai District

    Ranked #7 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    9.33 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighbourhood
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesBackpackers

    Nagamachi is a beautifully preserved historic area of Kanazawa that was once the residential district for the city’s samurai. Located in the center of Kanazawa, it is an ideal place ...

  • 8
    Shima Geisha House

    Shima Geisha House

    Ranked #8 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    9.33 reviews
    Popular withHistoryAdventureSolo Female

    Didn't originally plan on going here but so glad I did. Such a special experience. There's not a lot of information in English but if you've done any research or ...

  • 9
    Forus (金沢フォーラス)

    Forus (金沢フォーラス)

    Ranked #9 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    8.73 reviews
    Shopping
    Popular withSolo FemaleLuxuryHipsters

    Forus is located next to Kanazawa Station (just a few steps away, actually) and it's a huge shopping center, with restaurants scattered here and there, on every floor. The biggest ...

  • 10
    D.T. Suzuki Museum

    D.T. Suzuki Museum

    Ranked #10 overall in Kanazawa things to do
    9.02 reviews
    Sights and Museums
    Popular withArtsyGreenHistory

    This museum was suggested from the ladies at the Kanazawa Tourist Information Center. It was a hot summer day and everywhere else was super crowded. They pointed us to what ...

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