Japan Kanazawa Kasumiga Ike Pond Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden is one of the best gardens in Japan and is home to the iconic and unusual Kotojitoro Lantern. It's stunning in all seasons, and you'll see plum flowers in March and cherry blossoms by April. In fall, prepare for a striking display of fiery foliage. Also visit the nearby Seisonkaku Villa, which is one of the most elegant samurai villas still standing.
Japan Kanazaw Buddhist Temple Ninja Dera
Head to Myouryuji Temple, also known as Ninja Temple, to discover the many hidden traps, secret rooms, escape tunnels and deceptions within its walls. Surprisingly, ninjas have nothing to do with this temple — it was built by Maeda lords as a disguised military outpost to warn the castle of attacks. How sneaky!
In past centuries, samurai got their entertainment at high-class teahouses. Here, geisha performed elegant dances and songs for their customers. While three "Chaya" (teahouse) districts exist in Kanazawa, Higashi Chaya is the largest. Head to the Shima Teahouse museum or Kiakaro Teahouse to experience an authentic tea service for yourself.
Cuisine in Kanazawa is dominated by mountain-grown ingredients and fresh seafood. Head to Omicho Market, where 200 stalls sell everything from king crabs to on-demand sushi. For dessert, get a taste of opulence at the Gold Leaf Sakuda store by tucking into gold leaf ice cream.
Pick up popular gold leaf souvenirs at the Hakaza shop in the Higashi Chaya district. You'll also find a number of craft goods in the surrounding shops such as kimono and lacquerware. To get your hands on some Japanese fashion, head to Apita Town Shopping center, a 15-minute walk from Kanazawa port.