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Situated on the western coast of Honshu (Japan’s largest island), diagonally northwest from Tokyo, Kanazawa is not on the radar of many foreign tourists, but it has long been a destination of choice for the Japanese themselves. The array of cultural attractions in Kanazawa make the city a rival to Kyoto as the historical jewel of mainland Japan. Best known for Kenroku-en, a castle garden rated as one of Japan's top three most beautiful gardens, dating from the 17th century, it also boasts beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts, attractive temples, a wealth of museums and a wonderful market (and far fewer tourists than Kyoto – for now). The historic preservation makes Kanazawa one of the foremost examples of life in Edo Period Japan (1603-1868).
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Occasionally referred to as ‘little Kyoto’, Kanawaza is a small city facing the Sea of Japan; known for being the home of samurai, beautifully elegant gardens, historic temples and awesome markets.
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Best Time to Visit Kanazawa
Best time to visit Kanazawa and its Kenrokuen Garden is arguably from March to May, when the trees begin to blossom although each season in Japan is quite distinct, bringing a raft of different experiences.
June and July are considered the rainy season, but showers are inconsistent and sights quiet. August is hot and humid, but temperatures begin to cool again in September, with the winter foliage starting to turn in October. November is the peak month for viewing the bright reds of the maple trees, while December through to early February is crisp and cold, with occasional snow.
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Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Kanazawa, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Kanazawa on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, do not hesitate to contact us.