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Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Oyama Shrine

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants kept me very busy for the short time I was in this interesting city. This was my first stop after 3 nights in Tokyo on my 7 city Shinkansen adventure.

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The Oyama Shrine gate originally guarded the entrance of Kanazawa Castle, and was later moved to Oyama Shrine.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Oyama Shrine is in the heart of the city only 7 minutes walk from my hotel. First established in 1599 and moved to its present location in 1873.

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I stumbled on a little princess

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

You won’t see too many sweeter young Japanese girls as this little princess. I almost had to beg to get this great photo. 🙂

Map of the city

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants An interesting sculpture of Kanazawa city.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

People having fun in Central park

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, so lets go to the park.

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Central park is between the main city street & the castle, there were some Hawaiian dancers entetaining the crowd.

Tere is a cute little Japanese girl here stealing the limelight from the Hawaiian dancers.

Wedding

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The Museum of Cultural Exchange is also in Central park, a wedding reception was about to begin in the restaurant.

Gorgeous girls

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants The girls look absolutely gorgeous dressed in Kimonos. 

The bikers come to town

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants These fabilous looking machines were parked on the footpath outside my hotel.

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Very expensive looking machines.

Kanazawa parking

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Making the ost of the available space.

Kanazawa railway station

 photo Kanazawa station.jpg A very modern railway station, almost a work of art.

Department store

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Most cities I have visited in Japan all seem to have at least one department store at the railway station.

Lunch boxes

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants Naturally I purchases one of thse salmon roe or caviar, whatever you wish to call it, absolutely delicious. I ate it on my way to Hiroshima on the shinkansen.

Yakitori tour of Japan 🙂

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants This should be the name of my holiday, I was always searching for good Yakitori restaurants.

Yakitori no Meimon Akiyoshi was the restaurants name.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

There are 2,969 restaurants in Kanazawa & tripAdvisor rated this one 426th.

Lots of chefs

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants A typical busy noise yakitori restaurant with delicious food.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

My hotel is beside bus stop number 16 & is within walking distance of all the places of interest.

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Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Gyokusen’inmaru Garden

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle is absolutely stunning as you can see from the header in this post. This is one of my favourite photos from my two week seven city Shinkansen trip in October 2016.

Constructed in 1634 if flourished for between 200 & 300 years before being abandoned. However a full reconstruction began in 2013 to produce the wonderful result we see today.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle After a five minute uphill walk you arrive at the castle entrance.

Adjacent to the castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle These are a few shops just before you reach the castle.

Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A huge fire in 1759 destroyed the whole castle then it was re-built in 1788. That year is also when 11 ships with 1,530 people onboard, 736 of them convicts, arrived in Botany Bay a few miles south of Sydney Harbour in Australia. This event is known to all us Aussies as “the first fleet”.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one at Korinbo, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

The Imori moat

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

If you are going to build a castle then you gotta have a moat.

Spectacular

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Once again I was very lucky to have the beautiful blue sky to highlight my photos of Kanazawa Castle.

 The buildings look new

 Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle Even though it was rebuilt 228 years ago it still looks brand new. 🙂

As usual built on a hill

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle The castles always take the high ground, all the better to resist their enemies.

Through the gate we go

 Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle The Ni-no Mon is what they call the second gate. 

Picture perfect

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle As you can see the buildings and grounds are in perfect condition. 

Not a cloud in the sky

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A perfect day for wandering around Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle and the beautiful Kenrokuen garden right next door to the castle.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan

Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle

Japanese Garden Kanazawa Castle A final look at this beautiful garden within the castle walls.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa 

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Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

November 27, 2016 by David Herd

Beautiful Japanese garden

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa, an eastern coastal city, Kenrokuen is rated number one out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa by TripAdvisor. It certainly is a tranquil peaceful place to wile away a few hours.

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa The garden has an area of 11.4 hectares & is located on a hill in central Kanazawa next to Kanazawa Castle.

 Absolutely beautiful

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa My hotel was great value in a perfect location only 14 minutes walk from the gardens, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Close to everything

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Toyoko Inn is an excellent place to stay.

Artificial lake

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa Close to the Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan is the Kanazawa castle which is certainly worth a visit.

Prince Yamoto Takeru

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa 

His historical existence is a mystery but there are books that date his life to the 4th century.

Kenrokuen Garden lantern

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa There is a surprise around every corner of Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa.

 Which way shall I go?

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Decisions, decisions, there is so much to see at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan. Perhaps I’ll just take a selfie. 🙂

Make sure you have lots of time

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan The gardens are quite huge so make sure you allocate at least 2 or 3 hours to enjoy it fully.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Let’s check the maps

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa It seems like these ladies are planning carefully planning their schedule. 🙂

 Just behind those ladies

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Is this rather large stone statue.

Stone bridge

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa One of the stone bridges at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan.

Carp I presume

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa There were quite a lot swimming in the lake.

Rated one of the three best gardens in Japan

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa It’s easy to see why this garden is so highly rated in Japan.

Toyoko Inn

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one at Korinbo, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

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Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

November 26, 2016 by David Herd

Close to Higashi Chaya District

Japanese drummers Geisha District KanazawaJapanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa is located along the Asanogawa river only five minutes walk from the larger more popular Higashi Chaya District. Geishas are the traditional, female Japanese entertainers who regularly perform in these areas.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The district overlooks the Asanogawa river & seems rather quiet & peacful.

That was until I heard the sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

 Five minutes they added a flute

I was so happy to be able to see these wonderful street performers in action. About ten days later I had some more good fortune in Nagasaki when I saw some more fabulous drummers doing their thin. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa  Chaya houses have a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

Tiny streets

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa As you can see many of the streets are just tiny narrow alleys in Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Tea House

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa The historical rows in this teahouse town have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets since 2008.

Lattice is called “kimusuko”

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa A typical Chaya house which is noe a tea house or restaurant.

 Many interesting buildings

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa So many photo oppotunities in Japan which is one of the many reasons I love travelling here.

Torii Gate

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa Torii gates usually mark the entrance to Shinto shrines, however they seem to be used in many other areas as well.

Another example

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa This large Torii gate is quite different to the previous one.

Toyoko Inn

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa 

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

The Busses leave from the front of Toyoko Inn. Turn left just before you cross the river to get to Kazue Machi Chaya District Kanazawa.

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Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

November 25, 2016 by David Herd

Two-story Chaya houses

Old Japanese Geisha Town KanazawaOld Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya is one of three similar districts in Kanazawa. The cities tourism department holds a Geisha show in these Chaya districts every Saturday. Another district is Kazue-machi which is featured in another post.

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa  A chaya house has a beautiful lattice called “kimusuko” on the walls of the ground floor.

A close look at the lattice

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Hopefully the rather large body of the well fed FiveStarVagabond does not stop you getting an idea of the  “kimusuko”.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m guessing this is probably where the Geisha girls perform every Saturday.

A couple of locals sharing a happy moment.

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa 

The chaya houses used to be in central Kanazawa but were moved into four districts away from the city centre in 1820.

Photo opportunity

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa We all love photos to help us remember these wonderful places.

Hello boys

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa I’m sure the big guy on the right had an Australian accent.

Smile please

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa

TripAdvisor rate the Higashi Chaya District 3rd out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa so naturally the tourists (including myself) flock here with their cameras.

Magnificent blue sky

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa How lucky was I to have this beautiful sky?

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Time to relax with an icecream

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa A rather unique tradition in Kanazawa is to sprinkle edible gold leaf on top of ice cream and other food. Check out my Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa photo blog for other examples.

 Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa This whole area along with Kazue-machi which is close by, and Gion in Kyoto have been designated as Japan’s cultural assets.

Just across the bridge is Kazue-machi

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Kazue-machi overlooks the Asanogawa river.

sound of drums

The noise seemed to be somewhere up on the hill so I took some narrow winding steps up to the top. I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

More great homes

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa really has quite a wonderful unique style.

If you are feeling lazy

Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa These guys are at your service. 🙂

But first lets negotiate the price. 🙂

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa It seems like a very friendly negotiation.

Lovely shop

Old Japanese Geisha Town Kanazawa Lots of nice shops & tea houses in Higashi Chaya District Kanazawa.

Toyoko Inn

 photo Shinkansen to Kanazawa 12.jpg My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

You can take a bus but I prefer to walk

Japanese drummers Geisha District Kanazawa

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Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

November 24, 2016 by David Herd

Omicho Seafood Market

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa, Omicho was a delight to visit, the noise, the atmosphere & the food. I enjoyed a terrific lunch with edible gold leaf sprinkled on my sashimi.

Fresh seafood packed on ice

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

The only problem I found was finding somewhere to sit after you purchased some food.

Fresh crab

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa These look great but reasonably expensive at 4,500 Yen.

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa There were lots of species here I was not familar with.

Salmon roe is absolutely fantastic

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa I could almost eat it every day. 

My hotel was in a perfect location just a short walk to the market, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

So many choices

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa The market really does have an enormous variety of seafood.

Fresh fruit as well

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Being Japan the quality is very high indeed.

I decided to have lunch at one of the popular restaurants

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Very busy and excellent fresh sashimi.

Very crowded

Omicho Market Kanazawa Well it was Sunday lunch time so I guess that is one of the busiest times to be there.

Check this out

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa The sashimi came in three sizes, I chose the middle one, it was excellent.

How about the edible gold leaf?

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Lets have a closer look

Sushi Seafood Market Kanazawa Naturally the leaf is used in jewellery, cosmetics etc as well as the edible product you see here.

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The salmon roe is absolutely delicious.

Fresh oysters

 photo Omicho market 21.jpg I really love fresh oysters but I decided they were a little too expensive and I have five more cities to visit. 🙂

A great selection of seafood

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa Omicho Market has been around for over 300 years, initially however it only supplied the privileged towns near the castle.  Finally in 1904, the market was opened to the public and ever since then has been one of the most popular places to shop in Kanazawa.

Sushizanmai

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa Sushizanmai is my favourite chain of Japanese restaurants with the best one at Tsujiki markets in Tokyo. I have also eaten at their branch in Osaka & Fukuoka.

The market is 10 minutes walk from my hotel

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa

You can take the bus but I prefer to walk.

Toyoko Inn

Omicho Fresh Food Market Kanazawa My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

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