Overflowing with breathtaking historic sites and not-to-be-missed cultural attractions, Kanazawa more than deserves its nickname of ‘Little Kyoto’. Unlike the imperial capital, this former seat of a powerful warrior clan is on a more human scale, however: think wonderfully evocative geisha and samurai districts in place of the big city’s imposing palaces and temples, and a refined artistic heritage that encompasses everything from landscape gardening to crafts such as hand-dyed silks, all in a compact area.
You could easily spend richly rewarding hours just soaking up the atmosphere of Kanazawa’s three impeccably preserved entertainment areas, dipping into elegant teahouses and tiny tucked-away boutiques, workshops and museums, or strolling quiet lanes lined by the houses of the Edo-era aristocracy. But there are other attractions, including one of Japan’s most celebrated gardens – a serene, verdant work of art sculpted over centuries – and a sophisticated culinary scene that covers everything from street-food stalls at the city’s vibrant covered market to a host of gourmet restaurants.
Sample Kanazawa’s varied cultural charms with help from our Japan specialists, who’ll guide you through this charming, many-layered old city.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.
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