Trips and Tours to Kanazawa Japan

Visit the historic city of Kanazawa on a guided tour

About Kanazawa

The small city of Kanazawa is located near the coast of the Sea of Japan. The city benefited greatly from its rice production and because of this wealth was able to rival Kyoto and Edo (ancient Tokyo) in terms of cultural endeavours. Today Kanazawa holds on to its old arts by producing exquisite lacquerware products, the city is also known for its silk dyeing. Kanazawa is also home to beautifully preserved castles, temples and geisha districts where you can find traditional tea houses. The is also the Kenrokuen garden, rated as one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, set beside the Kanazawa castle and a large artificial lake.

The modern face of Kanazawa is arguably the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, which hosts art works from 1980 onwards and houses site-specific installations regularly. The museum is home to works by James Turrell and Gordan Matta Clark along with many other talented artists. Explore the beautiful city of Kanazawa and immerse yourself in the historic culture of Japan.

Trips and tour packages to Kanazawa

Many of our Japan tours take you to Kanazawa. Join us as we visit an Edo period Samurai house and the beautiful Kenrokuen garden where you can see for yourself why it is voted one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Book a tour with us today and discover Kanazawa for yourself.

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Is Kanazawa worth visiting - what to expect

When visiting Kanazawa expect to be charmed by a city where tradition and modernity coexist. Known for its beautifully preserved Edo-period districts, such as Higashi Chaya, Kanazawa offers a glimpse into Japan's rich cultural heritage. You'll find stunning attractions like Kenrokuen garden, one of Japan's most famous landscape gardens, and the historic Kanazawa Castle. The city is also renowned for its vibrant arts scene, including exquisite gold leaf crafts and contemporary art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. With its blend of historical sites, artistic culture, and delightful cuisine, Kanazawa provides a serene and enriching experience for travellers.

What to see in Kanazawa Japan

a stone lantern in Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen garden

Ranked among Japan’s top three gardens in Japan, the garden opened to the public in 1871 and features a variety of flowers and trees which makes the garden look different during every season. The garden is also home to water features, bridges, gates and hidden nooks that add to the beauty of the garden. The garden is a beautiful example of Japanese gardening, the combination of calming waterways, blossom trees and beautiful flowers is a sight to behold. Feel yourself relax as you stroll through the calming garden and take in the fresh air and pretty flowers.

A tour group in Kanazawa stood in front of cherry blossoms
A tour group in Kanazawa

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Visiting the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is a cutting-edge experience that blends modern art with innovative architecture. The museum features a diverse collection of contemporary works from international artists, housed within a striking circular building designed by SANAA. Visitors can explore interactive and immersive installations, such as the famous "Swimming Pool" by Leandro Erlich, which creates an illusion of being underwater. The museum's open design, with transparent walls and numerous entry points, fosters a sense of accessibility and invites exploration. The surrounding park-like grounds further enhance the creative atmosphere, making it a must-see destination for art enthusiasts.

Kanazawa castle
Kanazawa castle

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa castle has been through many fazes during its long history. The castle was originally built for the Maeda Clan who ruled over the feudal kingdom of Kaga the second largest and wealthiest kingdom in Japan at the time. During its history it has been burnt down several times and for decades was owned by the Kanazawa university until ultimately in the early 1990’s it became the visitor destination it is today. Kanazawa castle is surrounded by beautiful parks that you can spend your time walking around taking in the view of the castle, its stunning gates and beautiful architecture.

Best time to visit Kanazawa

The best time to visit Kanazawa is during spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, or in autumn when the weather is mild, and the fall foliage is vibrant and colourful.


Kanazawa is a city that beautifully encapsulates the essence of traditional and modern Japan. Visitors can immerse themselves in the preserved Edo-period districts, stunning gardens like Kenrokuen, and the rich cultural heritage evident in local crafts and cuisine. With its seasonal attractions, including breathtaking cherry blossoms in spring and vivid autumn foliage, Kanazawa offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking both tranquillity and cultural enrichment. Its blend of historical charm and contemporary vibrancy makes Kanazawa a must-visit destination for any traveller to Japan.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any festivals or special events in Kanazawa?

Yes, Kanazawa hosts several festivals and special events throughout the year. Notable ones include the Hyakumangoku Festival in June, celebrating the city's history with parades and performances; the Kanazawa Jazz Street in September; and the Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden Light-Up events held seasonally.

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