Kanazawa is a delightful city that flourished as a centre for high culture and traditional crafts throughout the Edo Period. It continues to draw visitors with its unique charm, which includes one of the top three landscape gardens in Japan, traditional geisha teahouses, and a well-preserved samurai district.
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Start with the pristine Kenroku-en Garden, which is ranked as one of Japan’s top three gardens. The garden is home to the oldest water fountain in the country, a couple of teahouses, and a large villa that used to be the retirement home of one of the richest clans in Kanazawa. Adjacent to the garden is Kanazawa Castle, easily accessed through the Ishikawa-mon Gate.
Lunch will be inside Omicho Market, known throughout Japan for its fresh seafood and fine sushi. The guide will introduce a local restaurant where some fine local cuisine can be sampled.
Head to the Higashi Chaya District, one of the three, well-preserved cha-ya districts in Kanazawa. Cha-ya, which means ‘tea house’ in Japanese, were where geisha used to entertain their guests with music, songs and dances. Here, find Hakuza, the shop that sells Kanazawa’s specialty – gold leaf products. The tearoom inside the shop is totally covered with gold! Be sure to indulge in one of Kanazawa's specialty products - some gold leaf covered ice cream!
Finally, head across town to the old Samurai district of Kanazawa and visit Nomura House, a restored residence of a high ranked samurai family. Freshly made green tea can be enjoyed on the second floor while viewing the small but entirely enchanting Japanese garden below.
Our services include:
-speaking guide (8 hrs)
– All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Meals and/or drinks other than mentioned above
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
– Travel insurance (please see ‘Important Notes’)
– Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
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