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Ishikawa(Kanazawa)

Day 1/2 Honolulu – Kansai Airport We arrived at the Kansai Airport smoothly and the line at Immigration wasn’t long at all for a change. We met our English tour guide, Makoto Fukuda, at the arrival exit.  He would be our guide till we get to Tokyo on Day 9.  Since we arrived in Kyoto around 8pm, most of us were able to eat at restaurants near Kyoto Station or Aeon Mall.  Great start!   Day 3  Kyoto – Arashiyama...

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We have created “Must see places in Japan”  Top 40 lists. Here is No.1 through No.10. No.1 Fushimi Inari, Kyoto No.2 Kanazawa, Ishikawa No.3 Todaiji Temple, Nara No.4 Asakusa Sensoji, Tokyo No.5 Mr. Fuji, Shizuoka and Yamanashi No.6 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima No.7 Shirakawago, Gifu No.8 Miyajima, Hiroshima No.9 Takayama, Gifu No.10 Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Let’s find out No.11 trought No. 40....

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Throughout major Japanese cities, such as Shinjuku (Tokyo), or Mito (Ibaraki), a traveler might be surprised to find that smack in the middle of the city, there lie beautiful, hidden gardens, separating nature and wildlife from the bustling city. Such is the case with Kanazawa Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, alongside Kairaku-en and Kouraku-en. So, what does one of these “isolated” gardens have to...

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The Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival (百万石まつり) is Kanazawa’s main annual festival. It is held for 3 days centered around the first Saturday in June each year. The term “Hyakumangoku” literally means a “1 million koku’s of rice”, with a koku being a measurement in Japan. This would equal to around 5 million bushels of rice. The festival commemorates the entry of Lord Maeda Toshiie into Kanazawa Castle,...

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Located just before Fukui in Ishikawa prefecture, Katayamazu is a resort town known for its hot spring hotels. With the countryside on one end and the Sea of Japan in the west, katayamazu is conveniently situated in the midst of natural beauty. Not far from Kanazawa City, katayamazu is also close to Komatsu Airport for those arriving from afar. Despite its proximity to major points in the area, the town is tranquil and feels quite...

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“Kenroku-en”, a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond, is derived from an old  garden annexed to Kanazawa Castle built by “Kaga-han” fief in the 17th century.  Repeated improvements had been added on it by the successive feudal lords to complete today’s aspect and its name “Kenroku-en” was fixed early in the 19th century. The selling points of this garden are an excellent...

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