The Kanazawa Rundown
historic city of Kanazawa, Japan, is a remote location that is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa. The southeastern part of the city faces mountain vistas, whereas the northwest looks to the Sea of Japan. Filled with beautiful gardens, shopping areas and a rich history, Kanazawa is worth travelling off the beaten path to see.Around Korinbo, Katamachi and Nagamachi, tourists will love the extensive shopping and attractions like the Ashigaru Shiryokan Museum. ... Read more »
and easily travelled, Kanazawa is known for its arts and crafts. UNESCO has even named it a Creative City. The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts is a wonderful place to see the craftsmanship of the people from this region. To get a better understanding of Noh Theatre, tourists should visit the Kanazawa Noh Museum. After strolling through the shops and craft stands, Castle Park is a great place to stop for lunch and take in the views of Kanazawa Castle, built in the 1500s. From crafts to castles, a trip to Kanazawa is one that will never disappoint.
When To Go
Famous for rain, Kanazawa proves that always carrying an umbrella is best. Winters are very cold due to the city’s location in Snow Country. This area along the Japan Sea Coast of Honshu has blustery Siberian winds that are capable of dropping large amounts of snow. The city actually has sprinklers in the sides of the streets that help to wash away the snow. If you want to be outdoors, the months of July through September and April through June are great times to visit.
- July through September: Average daily high 32°C (90°F)
- October through December: Average daily high 13°C (55°F)
- January through March: Average daily high 0°C (32°F)
- April through June: Average daily high 21°C (70°F)
The nearest airport that serves Kanazawa is Komatsu Airport. The Komatsu Airport serves international flights from cities like Seoul and Shanghai. There are many domestic as well as international flights that come in from all over to this airport. Connections at the Tokyo, Haneda and Narita airports are easily made, and bring visitors to Kanazawa often.
Kanazawa’s train station, a futuristic wonder, integrates traditional woods with modern glass and steel to create an efficient train system. The station is located on the Hokuriku Line of the West Japan Railway.
Several bus companies have routes that run from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Many of the routes have varied schedules like the JR Bus, which runs only two daily and two nightly buses. More buses are added on the weekends and holidays.
- Air – Komatsu Airport serves flights from Seoul, Shanghai and many other major cities
- Train – Beautiful station, efficient trains, on the West Japan Railway
- Bus – Several to choose from, day and night, also weekend and holiday service
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