General Information about Higashi Chaya Machi Higashi Chaya Machi initially flourished as the suburb of the Kanazawa Castle. Its residents were totally immersed in the art of “No’u,” a traditional Japanese folk singing and dancing performance, so much that “No’u” singing would fall from the skies when one walked the streets of Higashi Machi. Eventually, during the Edo Period this rich musical...Read More
General Information About Kanazawa Bukeyashiki Ever wondered what a neighborhood looked like when Samurais ruled Japan? Well, you’re in luck. Kanazawa Bukeyashiki will show you exactly what the streets and neighborhoods looked like during the Japanese feudal period. You don’t need any fancy Samurai armor or swords– just bring your Samurai attitude– to enjoy this quaint experience in the heart of Kanazawa, a...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
“Kenroku-en” garden in Kanazawa City is renowned across Japan as one of the three greatest Japanese gardens together with “Koraku-en” and “Kairaku-en”.
“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...Read More
It is said that the characteristic of Japanese garden is a condensation of natural beauty. A style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond, one of typical Japanese gardens, is elaborately designed to give a pleasure to strollers when they walk through a microcosm of nature. Ponds, trees, mounds and paths are all arranged following natural settings. Unlike western gardens, from this point of view, there are no fountains...Read More