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Kanazawa: Full-Day Private Tour with a Local Guide

Product ID: 137741
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This is a full-day, 7-hour tour around Hokuriku's first castle town of Kanazawa with a local guide. Touch samurai and Zen culture in Kanazawa.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up included

Your hotel in Kanazawa.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk around Omi-machi Market, where fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan will be 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 the Suzuki Daisestu Museum
Full description
After departure from your accommodation, this tour will visit Omi-machi Market first. Omi-machi 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 odens you can eat while walking around. Enjoy this scene at your leisure.

Next to Omi-machi Market, you will visit Kanazawa Castle, which is a symbol of Kaga Hyakumanges. Built in 1583 by Toshiie Maeda in full scale, it was the place of residence for the 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 as 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 also the stunning winter snow hanging together with the famous Koji lanterns in Kanazawa. Both sights are 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. Furthermore, Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi is represented here. He was 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 and the thought space building. Here, various representations have been constructed. In the exhibits, it appears as though you will pass through long and narrow corridors that will lead to a different space. You will find 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, you will find the mysterious charm that draws in visitors for whatever that purpose might be.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • One-day bus ticket
  • Admission fee for Kanazawa Castle
  • Kenrokuen Garden
  • Suzuki Museum
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
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Product ID: 137741