- January 15 2016
Must See Locations in Kanazawa with Our 1 Night, 2 Day Trip Itinerary :Part 2
Continuing from the Part 1 of “Must See Locations in Kanazawa with Our 1 Night, 2 Day Trip Itinerary :Part 1,” let’s talk about the rest of the trip.
8) Staying at Kanazawa Manten Hotel
We stayed at the Kanazawa Manten Hotel. What is great about this hotel is that it is close to the station.
It is a fairly new “business hotel” (hotels that are mostly used for business trips). Although the rooms are not big, it is clean enough and well-equipped.
What people love about the Manten Hotel is their onsen! It is large and has an outside bath, so I was able to completely relax.
You walk a lot while sightseeing in Kanazawa, so I am so glad that I could relieve all my fatigue here!
The train station is right next to the hotel, and we hear that it is fun to watch the shinkansen trains moving back and forth as they arrive and depart. Although some people say that the noise bothers them a bit, overall, people seem to review this hotels with comments like: “ easy access,” “a large onsen,” and “average rooms and service.” However, if you book this hotel early, you can reserve a room for about 6000 to 7000 yen, which is a great deal.
Breakfast is served buffet style. It was pretty good.
If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of traditional Kanazawa, staying at a high-class ryokan makes for such an amazing experience. But if you aren’t particular about where you stay, then this Kanazawa Manten Hotel is a great fit, I think.
9) 9:00 The symbol of Kanazawa! Head to Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle
Now, it’s the morning of Day 2. Leave your belongings at your hotel or the station, and let’s start sightseeing!
Today, we head to Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle in the morning. From Kanazawa Station, get on the bus that loops around Kanazawa city for about 10 minutes, and get off at “Hirosaka.” It is only a 3 minute walk to the entrance of Kenrokuen Garden. The entrance fee is 310 yen.
One of the three great gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen Garden is such a popular sightseeing place. However, if you make it there early in the morning, there will be less people, so we recommend an earlier time. There are many things to see in Kenrokuen Garden: ponds and falls that are beautifully designed and placed, tea rooms, pine trees and cherry blossoms that are said to be a few hundred years old, and so on.
Just one thing about Kenrokuen Garden… It is probably twice as big as you imagine. If you want to look around carefully, you should consider that it will probably take two to three hours.
Finally, let’s visit Kanazawa Castle. Although you cannot go inside the castle tower, you can see the beautiful gate and the view from “Kanazawa Castle Park.” The entrance fee is the same as Kenrokuen Garden: 310 yen.
It is the biggest wooden castle buildings in Japan, said to be built using the traditional methods that don’t use a single nail. The equally spaced patterns on the wall are are beautiful, aren’t they? If you want to know more about Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle, please read “The Number 1 Spot in Kanazawa! One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan: Kenrokuen Garden”!
Because there are many cafes and restaurants near Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle, it might be good to have a light lunch here.
10) 14:00 Explore modern art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
There is a famous modern art museum called “21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa” in the vicinity of Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle. The museum’s architect received the Leone d’Oro award, the highest award from the Venice Biennale at the 9th International Architecture Exhibition, for their design. It is worth seeing for not only their collections but also the museum itself.
Although the outside area is free to visit and an amazing enough experience, we hope you enter the museum and enjoy all the modern art that you can see, touch, and feel.
For more about the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, please read “The “21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa” Near Kenrokuen.”
11) 15:00 Strolling around the Nagamachi Samurai District
The last thing to see in Kanazawa is the Nagamachi Samurai District. This is an area where you can find the residences where samurais used to live, and it is said that some Kanazawa citizens still live in these houses with mud walls, even in morden times.
Here is a residence called “Nomura Family Samurai House.” You can go inside the building and enjoy looking at the wonderful garden from their rooms.
12) 16:30 Let’s eat conveyor belt sushi at “Maimon Sushi”
Now, our Kanazawa trip is about to end… But before that happens, let’s stop by at the Kanazawa famous conveyor belt sushi, “Maimon Sushi,” which is cheap but delicious. Although it is always very crowded, it is easier to get in if you go early in the evening.
Unfortunately, it is a bit hard to get to the restaurant from the Nagamachi Samurai District, so it might be faster to get there by taxi.
18:00 Finally it’s time to say good-bye to Kanazawa! Back to Tokyo Station
It was a fulfilling two day trip, and now we are exhausted.
Get your belongings at Kanazawa Station and let’s head to Tokyo Station. It might be better to book a Shinkansen for your way back, just in case.
Overall, Kanazawa was very organized and well-equipped. We saw many signs that were in different languages like English, and they feature some transportations specifically for tourists.
But that doesn’t mean that Kanazawa is too touristy. They leave the traditional areas as they are as they modernize the city in a stylish way without ruining the classic scenery. It is such a mysterious and special city. We would love to visit again.