The city of Kanazawa is very compact and you will be able to feel the appearance of the ancient samurai days in the feudal period as strolling the town and streets.
Kanazawa JR station or your hotel in Kanazawa
Kanazawa JR station or last distination
- Nagamachi Samurai Residence District & Nomura Samurai House:
The middle class samurai of the Kaga clan resided here about 350-400 years ago. The streetscapes of the Nagamachi district evokes you the life style of samurai. It is excited to stroll in the narrow alleys with earthen walls and classy gates which have retained since the Edo era. you can find the historical and cultural values in the traditional Japanese style construction structure of Nomural Samural House with a chamber room and an alcove. The beautiful garden has awarded 2 stars of the Michelin Green Guide.
- Kanazawa Castle;
Ishikawamon Gate was rebuilt in 1788 in the Edo period. Roof of Ishikawamon gate looks very white, sparkling and beautiful. Why white? It is because lead is used for the roof and it became weather white. It is nice to see panoramas of the castle from the gate.
- Kenrokuen Garden
The garden is one of the three most famous landscape gardens of Japan with ponds, streams, 8200 trees, stone lanterns, tea houses, small bridges, and etc. This garden is also called a "feudal lord garden" as it started to create about 340 years ago by the 5th lord Maeda of the Kaga clan. It is very enjoyable to stroll around the garden.
- Higashi Geisha Tea House District:
You can find traditional Japanese wooden tea houses with beautiful lattices along with the stone pavements. It is also a fun to look into small shops in tea houses selling genuine local handcrafts such as wooden lacquer wares, gold leaf jewelries, and Japanese sweets. It is just like you are in a small world which give you very different impression from the town you are living.
- Omicho Fish Market
It is fun to see a various types of fishes, veges, foods and souvenirs and people working at the fish market are quite energetic. The market has been operating over 300 years since the Edo era. You will find it very interesting atmosphere. If you wish, you will be able to eat fresh grilled seafood there.
guide fee and hotel pick-up
Expenses described below will incur besides the tour fee.
Transportation fees and entrance fees for you and a guide:
*Public transportation (one-day loop bus)/person: 800 yen
*Entrance fee for facilities/person: (Kenrokuen Garden; 320 yen, Nomura Samurai House; 550 yen)
*Lunch/person: (1,000 to 1,500 yen)
booking notice has been changed
The itinerary and the hours of the tour can be flexible. If you have a particular place that you would like to go or change the total hours of the tour, please feel free to ask me.
Yoshie was such a delight to be with! She had prepared for the tour with much care which really made things go smoothly. Additionally, she went out of her way to find answers to our questions so that we could follow up on our own using her research. Highly recommend her!
Hi Steve, thank you so much for your review. I was very pleased to take you around in Kanazawa and Echizen in Fukui. You two are so energetic and curious about things in every aspect which is amazing. Take very good care of yourself and come back to Japan again! Yoshie
Yoshie helped us in exploring Kanazawa for one day and a small villages an hour by train outside of Kanazawa including interesting crafts plus our participation. The combination of a city with wonderful parks, market, etc. with quiet village life was wonderful. Easily greatly recommended.
Hi Steve and Lesley, thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to take you around Kanazawa and Echizen for two days. I am very pleased that you enjoyed beautiful town of Kanazawa and a town of various handmade crafts. You two created a wonderful handmade washi paper on your own! It was amazing. Thank you again and take care. Yoshie
Yoshie is kind, knowledgeable and fun. Excellent English and really made the city come alive. Would recommend to anyone visiting Kanazawa, spend a morning with Yoshie-san!
Hi Duncan, thank you so much for the review. It was a lovely day to walk around the Kenrokuen Garden, spending good enough time. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed a formal tea ceremony experience in a tranquil tea house of Gyokusen-en. Thank you again! Yoshie
Yoshie was a true delight from the moment she met us from the train to when she dropped us back. Her knowledge is incredible and she planned the day so well. We fitted in everything she had suggested without feeling rushed and Yoshie made it so enjoyable. Thank you Yoshie.
Hi Louise, thank you so much for the review. It was fun to walk with you and your friends around Kanazawa. We also talked a lots during lunch time and as walking and I found it very interesting. Thank you again and take very good care of yourself! Yoshie