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Published on 02.01.2016
I had the pleasure of going to Kanazawa in the fall. Absolutely amazing. There are so many things to do there and with the new Tokuriku Bullet train it's even easier to get there. Kanazawa is often thought of as a Little Kyoto due to the many traditional sightseeing places and the many similar spots spread out throughout the old town. See how samurai used to live while exploring the traditional samurai houses like Nomura-ke in Nagamachi District. Eat some yummy gold snacks at the "kinpaku" or gold leaf speciality shop Hakuichi. Stroll through one of the best landscapes garden, Kenrokuen, and enjoy the fall foilage. Chow down on some "kaisen-don" or seafood rice bowl at Omicho's fresh food market. Much like Gion district in Kyoto, Kanazawa's Higashichaya district is loaded with very traditional teahouses and restaurants. The architecture here was absolutely fantastic because unlike Kyoto there are not nearly as many tourists so you can really enjoy sightseeing without having to get around a large amount of tourists. Also if you are interested in Japanese crafts, there is no place better to come than Kanazawa. There are many different types of workshops to participate in.
A brief history of Kanazawa
Kanazawa was an area controlled by the Maeda clan which was the second most powerful clan next to Tokugawa in the early Edo period. It also was one of the few areas to escape the firebombings by the US during WW2, therefore, it is thought to rival Kyoto and Tokyo in terms of cultural acheivements. It is also Japan's leading producer of gold leaf, which is used in many temples and shrines all across Japan, including Kinkakuji.
Getting to Kanazawa is actually muh easier than it used to be thanks to the relatively new Hokuriku Bullettrain! It only takes about 2.5 to 3 hours from Tokyo station and about 14,000 yen or is included in the JR Rail Pass!