Watch me journey my manner by Kanazawa, Japan in a whirlwind journey! I’ll present you
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Kanazawa was an historical service provider city recognized for its arts & crafts, in addition to its large fort. It’s a ravishing metropolis to add to your Japan journey itinerary!
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*How do I get to Kanazawa from Tokyo?*
Traveling from Tokyo to Kanazawa solely takes 2.5 hours. In March 2015, the Nagano Shinkansen line opened a brand new practice that runs to Kanazawa station. It’s referred to as Hokuriku Shinkansen. I went from Nagano to Kanazawa which solely took just a little over one hour.
*twenty first Century Museum of Contemporary Art*
The free a part of the museum is an exhibit on fabric. You can really feel the totally different supplies used to make a chunk of fabric. I imagine the exhibit that’s provided without spending a dime modifications on a regular basis. The outdoors of the museum has fairly attention-grabbing items you may take a look at.
*Kanazawa has cherry blossoms!*
If you missed the cherry blossoms you may nonetheless catch the Yaezakura cherry blossoms! It is a multi-layered cherry blossom. Because of the totally different layers the colours vary from mild to darkish pink.
*Things to Do in Kanazawa*
1) When in Kanazawa, you could have to attempt gold leaf ice cream. Kanazawa produces 99% of all gold leaf in Japan.
2) Kanazawa additionally has a wealthy custom of creating wonderful craft gadgets. This stems from the fifteenth century the place samurai used to rule the land. They didn’t have any wars to struggle and had been wealthy in meals and land, so that they determined to make investments a lot of their assets into arts and crafts.
Today, Kanazawa has over 400 legendary craftsmen devoted to 36 several types of arts and crafts. Gold leaf, fireworks, umbrellas and fishing lures are among the specialties of the world.
3) Chaya Area is a beautiful neighborhood of superbly preserved geisha homes. Many have now been transformed into eating places or teahouses. This place jogged my memory of Gion in Kyoto. Like right here it is usually a well-known geisha district.
4) Kanazawa Castle
From 1583 to the top of the Edo Period, Kanazawa Castle was the seat of the highly effective Maeda Clan, a feudal land second solely to the Tokugawa’s lands when it comes to dimension and wealth.
The authentic fort was burnt down and I didn’t hassle to pay to go inside. There isn’t a lot inside in contrast to Matsumoto fort. If you haven’t seen my journey to Matsumoto keep in mind to go examine that out.
Kanazawa Castle Hours
7:00 to 18:00 (March 1 to October 15)
8:00 to 17:00 (October 16 by February)
5) Kanazawa Tea Ceremony
If you need an actual tea ceremony expertise, they’ve one right here.
This beautiful non-public backyard and tea home was reconstructed primarily based on the unique ground plans and opened in 2015. It’s one of many prettiest locations in Japan for my part, and ingesting matcha tea within the tea home whereas looking on the view is a particular expertise.
On Friday and Saturday nights, they open the backyard and light-weight it up. I didn’t get to try this this journey however I learn that it’s a stunning sight.
6) Omnicho Market
I couldn’t simply go away with out experiencing this market. So earlier than I left Kanazawa, I had to cease by this market to have a look.
This place jogs my memory of Nishiki market in Kyoto, simply not as huge and crowded. It’s additionally maze like with a bunch of small coordinators snaking round in all places.
I beloved the massive, uncooked oysters right here. You can add your sauces on it and it solely prices 500 yen. I additionally bought the calm which was disappointing and fishy.
7) Eat Kanazawa Curry
I got here right here as a result of it was conveniently positioned inside Kanazawa practice station and Go Go curry is a well-known model. I’ve by no means tried Kanazawa styled curry earlier than. Kanazawa curry has some particular attributes: it wants to be thick and gooey and is commonly candy. It’s served with shredded cabbage and curry totally covers the rice. It’s historically eaten in a chrome steel bowl and a fork and a spoon (or perhaps a spork).
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