Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular tourist city where traditional culture is still strong, just like Kyoto and Nara. The best place to visit is the Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s three major gardens. Other popular attractions include the Chayamachi District with its beautiful traditional townscape and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which is one of Japan’s leading contemporary art museums.

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Outline of Kanazawa

Where is Kanazawa?

Traffic access

By air

Komatsu Airport → Kanazawa: 40 minutes by limousine bus

Haneda Airport (Tokyo) → Komatsu Airport: 1 hour
Narita Airport (Tokyo) → Komatsu Airport: 1 hours 20 minutes

By train

JR Tokyo Station → JR Kanazawa Station:

About 2 hours 30 minutes by Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train)

JR Osaka Station → JR Kanazawa Station:

About 3 hours by JR Thunderbird Express

JR Kyoto Station → JR Kanazawa Station:

About 2 hours 30 minutes by JR Thunderbird Express

 

Kenrokuen Garden

Bridge at Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa = Shutterstock

Bridge at Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa = Shutterstock

 

Higashi Chayagai ( Higashi Chaya District)

Higashi Chaya District in the winter = Shutterstock

Higashi Chaya District in the winter = Shutterstock

 

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

One of most surprising art works among tourists at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa is an optical illusion Leandro Erlich's swimming pool = shutterstock

One of most surprising art works among tourists at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa is an optical illusion Leandro Erlich’s swimming pool = shutterstock

 

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