Kanazawa Full Enjoyment of One Night & Two Days Tour

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Kanazawa
English, Japanese (Native)
2 days
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour is one night, two days tour in Kanazawa that include various tour spots such as Kenrokuen-garden, Kanazawa castle, Samurai residence, Higashi Chaya district and Ohmimachi market. You can have an impressive experience by watching the remains of castle town established by a local feudal load ;Toshiie Maeda. Kanazawa is called “Little Kyoto” as a town having traditional beauty like Kyoto.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

08:30

1st day: To move from Tokyo to Kanazawa by Shinkansen

In Kanazawa city, you can find the remains of castle town established by a local feudal load of Samurai worriers, Toshiie Maeda who did enormous role during Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573~1600). Maeda family of feudal load had kept the load of Kanazawa castle as number one crop yield of 1 million among the loads in Japan as the servants to Tokugawa Shogunate. The ancient atmosphere of current Kanagawa city such as Nagamachi Samurai residence, Higashi chaya, Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa castle and so-on come from the heritage of Maeda family. Kanazawa is called “Little Kyoto” and promoting it as a town having traditional beauty like Kyoto.

13:00

Kenrokuen garden

This garden is one of the most famous landscape garden in Japan. There are three artificial hills , two beautiful ponds and bipedal stone lantern which is a symbol of the garden that stands with one foot in the water and the other on an islet.

14:30

Kanazawa castle

Nationally- Designated Historical Site Kanazawa castle is located at the edge of a hilly area, between two rivers that run through the city. Its total area is approximately 30 herctares and the central enclosure has an elevation of 60 meters, around 30 meter above the castle town. In 1583, Maeda Toshiie became the load of Kanazawa castle, after which it became home to the Maeda clan which would rule over Kaga domain, a large region covering most of modern day Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures through the Edo period. In 1759, most of the castle’s building were lost in the largest fire the castle town had ever seen, but Ishikawa main gate and Sanjikken Nagaya storehouse were both reconstructed and have been preserved since Edo area.

Kanazawa castle with its well preserved and accurately re-created grounds , and its stone wall built with advanced stone working techniques is an excellent example of modern Japanese castles.

16:00

Oyama Jinjya shrine

This shrine deify Toshiie Maeda who was a local feudal load of Samurai worriers and did enormous role as one of the top feudal loads during Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573~1600). There are three types of building method as Japanese, Chinese and Western.

17:00

To return to a hotel in Kanazawa

09:00

2nd day: Myoryuji temple

This temple was the place where worshipers pray for favors. Kaga Domain just in case built this building as a fortress to protect an attacking from Tokugawa Shogun. Therefore, this building has various mechanism to mislead the enemies to intrude such as a loophole to Kanazawa castle, a pitfall of offertory box, hidden stair under a floor board, hidden window behind a hanging scroll and so-on. The ceiling is set a lower height to prevent swords and spears can not be used. These trick existence in this building is the reason why this temple is called “Ninjya house”. The building seem to be two stories, however there are seven layers and the total room numbers as 23 and stair numbers as 29. The sightseeing inside this building need to be reserved as 30 minutes time and no English explanation by staff available, only Japanese.

10:30

Samurai residence

This area is located in Nagamachi district where there are many houses with earthen walls that belonged to Feudal load and still retain an atmosphere of feudal times.

- Mud walls / stone around the Samurai houses: The thick walls are made of mud mixed with gravel and then hardened. The lower part of the mud walls are made by piling up round, half -ground (cracked) riverbed stones. The mud walls are covered with a singled-roof in order to protect the wall’s surface from rain.

13:30

Higashi Chaya district

There are lots of souvenir stores and restaurants where you can taste Kanazawa local consumed gourmet in this district.

Machiya in Kanazawa:

Machiya is the urban housing where merchants and craftsmen had lived during Edo ara. Those buidings used to be built on the residence of town people inside castle town and port town.

The characteristic of the buildings are as follows.

• The buildings are built directly in front of the road.

• Each family’s house contact each other with frontage fully spread and stand side by side.

• This is not a terraced house but independent house with pillars and walls not be shared each other.

15:00

Ohmimachi market

This market was opened by Oumi merchant who had lived near Kyoto and moved to this district.

Various shops who sells fresh fishes, fruit & vegetable, dry matter, miscellaneous goods and so-on are lined in this market.

16:30

To return to Tokyo by Shinkansen

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

What to Expect

In Kanazawa city, you can find the remains of castle town established by a local feudal load of Samurai worriers, Toshiie Maeda who did enormous role during Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573~1600). Maeda family of feudal load had kept the load of Kanazawa castle as number one crop yield of 1 million among the loads in Japan as the servants to Tokugawa Shogunate. The ancient atmosphere of current Kanagawa city such as Nagamachi Samurai residence, Higashi chaya, Kenrokuen garden, Kanazawa castle and so-on come from the heritage of Maeda family.

Kanazawa is called “Little Kyoto” and promoting it as a town having traditional beauty like Kyoto.

Following are the main tour spots in Kanazawa city.

1) Kenroku-en Garden:

This garden is one of the most famous landscape garden in Japan.

There are three artificial hills , two beautiful ponds and bipedal stone lantern which is a symbol of the garden that stands with one foot in the water and the other on an islet.

- Kotoji-Torou (garden lantern):

This lantern has forked-foot whose height is 2.67meter and create beautiful scenery combined with old trees of autumn and rainbow bridge on a meandering stream.

- Karasaki-matsu / pine tree:

This pine tree was raised by 13th generation feudal load, Nariyasu by getting the Seeds of Karasaki-matsu grown by Lake Biwa.This pine trees are the best shape of a tree in Kenroke-en garden. Yukitsuri to place ropes or wires stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches to prevent their breaking under heavy snow is the things that reminds one of a particular season during winter.

- Negamimatsu:

Neagarimatsu (pine tree) in Kenroku-en garden is famous for its’ roots which consists of 40 pieces with large and small and gradually is rising up to the height of 2 meter. The figure impress people by its’ powerful strange spectacle.

- Gankobashi:

11 numbers of stone are lined up which look like wild geese fly away in a queue. It is said that if you walk through this bridge, you will live longer.

At present, due to the bad wear, the walking on this bridge is prohibited.

- Kasumigaike-pond:

This pond is located on the center of Kenrokuen-garden whose size is around 5800 square meters which is the largest size in this garden. You can see and experience different type of landscape depending on the angle you see. In this pond, wildduck and snowy heron usually take a rest and several fish such as carp are swimming which let you be relaxed. I recommend you to walk to see this garden along with this pond.

- Meandering stream:

In this Kenrokuen garden, the Meandering stream of 570 meter are set around everywhere. The water are pulled down from Tatsumi-service water gained from upper stage of Saigawa-river.

- Fountain:

This fountain raise water by a water pressure which are created by the difference of elevation between Kasumigaike-pond and the fountain position with the water coming from Kasumigaike-pond. The height of the fountain is around 3.5meter. It is said that this fountain was built in the late of 19th century and is the oldest one in Japan.

- Bairin (plum forest):

This plum forest was developed in 1968 as the memorial project of 100th Anniversary by gathring plums fro all over Japan cooperating with Kitano-Tenmangu, Dazaifu, Yushima-Tenjin, Kairakuen and so-on. 20 kinds of plums with total 200 pieces are planted at present and beautiful flowers colored by red and white are in full bloom in March every year.

- Yamazakiyama:

In this small mountain, deciduous broad-leaved forest such as maple, Japanese horse chestnut and so-on are planted. Those change color beautifully to red and yellow in autumn. The water flow out among rocks on the foot of the mountain are poured into Kasumigaike-pond by creating 570 meter meandering stream.

2) Kanazawa castle: Nationally- Designated Historical Site Kanazawa castle is located at the edge of a hilly area, between two rivers that run through the city. Its total area is approximately 30 herctares and the central enclosure has an elevation of 60 meters, around 30 meter above the castle town. In 1583, Maeda Toshiie became the load of Kanazawa castle, after which it became home to the Maeda clan which would rule over Kaga domain, a large region covering most of modern day Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures through the Edo period. In 1759, most of the castle’s building were lost in the largest fire the castle town had ever seen, but Ishikawa main gate and Sanjikken Nagaya storehouse were both reconstructed and have been preserved since Edo area.

Kanazawa castle with its well preserved and accurately re-created grounds , and its stone wall built with advanced stone working techniques is an excellent example of modern Japanese castles.

3) Samurai Residence:

This area is located in Nagamachi district where there are many houses with earthen walls that belonged to Feudal load and still retain an atmosphere of feudal times.

- Mud walls / stone around the Samurai houses: The thick walls are made of mud mixed with gravel and then hardened. The lower part of the mud walls are made by piling up round, half -ground (cracked) riverbed stones. The mud walls are covered with a singled-roof in order to protect the wall’s surface from rain.

4) Higashi Chaya district:

There are lots of souvenir stores and restaurants where you can taste Kanazawa local consumed gourmet in this district.

Machiya in Kanazawa:

Machiya is the urban housing where merchants and craftsmen had lived during Edo ara. Those buidings used to be built on the residence of town people inside castle town and port town.

The characteristic of the buildings are as follows.

• The buildings are built directly in front of the road.

• Each family’s house contact each other with frontage fully spread and stand side by side.

• This is not a terraced house but independent house with pillars and walls not be shared each other.

- A tea store named “Shima”:

This tea store architecture is built in 1820 when Chaya(tea store) district had been established.

The upstairs of this house is a parlor for guests to whom Geisha entertain, therefore the upstairs is built by long length.

The veranda with handrail projected outside is prepared.

The room inside has luxuriant atmosphere by color of pillars be deepened with lscquered and the mud wall with Bengal red.

You can enjoy the atmosphere where customers used to enjoy with Geisha.

This architecture is a rare one in Japan which shows the culture of ordinary people in later stage of Edo era.

This was registered as National important cultural properties.

5) Oumimachi market

This market was opened by Oumi merchant who had lived near Kyoto and moved to this district.

Various shops who sells fresh fishes, fruit & vegetable, dry matter, miscellaneous goods and so-on are lined in this market.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee,

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000 per day (total yen4000 for two days)

Transportation fee during this tour for you in case you move from hotel in Tokyo: yen28200 with both way by Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa per person including for a guide

Lunch for you and a guide:

Entrance fee for you: Kenrokuen garden:yen310 per person, Kenrokuen garden: yen550 per person, Higashi Chaya district : yen500 per person,

Accomodation fee (one night) for a guide: yen10000

Important Information

I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo. Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight-seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.

2) Please prepare the cash to spend any bus riding, lunch and souvenir.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$704/ per group

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