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56 Travel Tips [1-20]


The first floor of the shop is lacquer ware for everyday use, the second is Wajima-nuri (the local lacquer ware), the third is tools for tea ceremony and Kaga-makie (gold and silver lacquer) and the fourth is a café. A glossy lacquer ware and Japanese sweets beautifully arranged on it, is too good to eat. And more, of course, it's delicious.


Women who work for gold foil factories under hard surroundings such as high temperature and drying used familiar materials and conceived these natural cosmetics after trial and error. These cute packages are also pleased for gifts as well as for yourself.


Although he had stayed here only for a short term, he was concerned here ' Iroha Soan' till his last years. In the building, his work-room and a study are left as they are, and his rare art works are exhibited. You can totally enjoy a world of Rosanjin.


They use the local foodstuffs such as meat, rice and vegetables of course, even soy sauce and seasonings. And no flour nor sugar for carry sauce. So this 'Kanazawa Curry' is healthy and doesn't cause upset stomach. I don't get tired if I eat it everyday.


Gozou is made from rice grown in Kanazawa and yeast made in Kanazawa. Used the same ingredients, they have totally different tastes because of the differences of water and prosses. You can enjoy tasting these five sake.


In old time, a man Togoro washed yam here, then he found gold dusts. From such a story, 'a swamp (沢) to wash gold (金)' became 'Kanazawa (金沢). It doesn't run dry under a blazing sun in midsummer and overflow after a long rain. It's a mysterious spring always filled with clear water.


Very thinly shaved ice containing air is so fluffy that seems to melt only at a touch. It's excellent with homemade syrup of seasonal food. You can eat it all easily though it looks big.


Tennyo-no Hagoromo (robe of goddesses) is woven by very thin threads, one fifth or sixth the thickness of hair. The weight is as light as 10g per 1㎡ and it feels like a breath of air. These scarfs of Japanese proud quality have adopted by famous brands and for stage costumes.


In a large site, there're many places to see such as tulip ground pictures, flower valleys and flower beds on the water. It's as wonderful as Keukenhof Park in the genuine country, the Netherlands.


A café in Hosho-ji Temple built by Maeda Toshitsune, who was the third lord of Kaga Domain. It's a little semi-Western style, but makes very comfortable harmony with the tranquil temple. Sweets that they serve are delicious of curse, I think I found the nice cafe to take a rest.


One of the three chaya towns in Kanazawa, Kazue-machi chaya town has tasteful stone pavements and Sembon-koushi (wooden lattice windows). As soon as you enter the narrow alley, you can feel like a time travel to Edo Period. It becomes more tasteful in the season of cherry blossoms. You all shouldn't miss the scenery of both together in only spring.


You can taste one kind, or three kinds together (\864-1620). Such as 'Toshiie to Matsu' of the oldest sake brewer Yachiya, and Nakamura's 'Kaga Setsubai' used also at ryotei (classic Japanese restaurants). You can try the Kaga local sake that can't be seen in other prefectures.


Dozen of kinds for the ingredients, such as pickled plum, tuna with mayonnaise, salmon as standards, and cod roe with cheese, grilled meat and avocado with tartar sauce. You can taste also the local specialties. They prepare set meal, too.


There're six shops for attractive goods of Noto Peninsula, such as Hyakuman-san (a character of Ishikawa Pref.) and Kutani ceramics. You can find many thing that are sold only here. If you travel Ishikawa, must visit!


Kanazawa Castle Park adjoining Kenroku-en Garden, a well-known place for cherry blossom. On Ohori-dori Street (between Kenroku-en and Castle Park) and Hasuikemon-dori (a street from Konya-zaka to Mayumi-zaka guchi), the scene of 360 cherry blossom trees, Someiyoshino, are the highlights.


Kaga vegitable juices have the same names as the bridges over the Asano River such as 'Ume no hashi' and 'Tenjin bashi'. And, with sweetened beans (ama-natto) of Kawamura, a popular shop at Nishsi Chaya-machi. I recommend their homemade sweets, too.


Traditional art products seems to be too expensive to buy, but 'Kanazawa Bikazari Asano' has many items that are reasonable and good for daily use, such as accessories, table wares and interiors. Don't miss this shop when you visit Kanazawa!


Kifune's dinner is fully booked for half a year ahead, and their lunch one year ahead as well. A chef Nakagawa uses seasonal foodstuffs and considers also about plates and displays. Many customers from other prefectures not only the neighbors visit this restaurant for beautiful and delicious cuisine.


You can enjoy Kenroku-en throughout the year, but the cherry blossom season is specially recommendable. There're co-starring 40 kinds and 420 trees of cherry blossom.


The deity 'Kukuri-hime' mediated between the gods 'Izanagi' and 'Izanami' who was a married couple and had found Japan. And more, 'Kukuri' is similar to 'kukuru (form a connection)', Kukuri-hime has been adored as a god for harmony and marriage since ancient times.