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The bullet train journey from Tokyo through the Japan Alps to Ishikawa Prefecture is like being fast-forwarded through a Japanese winter hall of fame; a snow resort from the Nagano Winter Olympics here, a hot spring retreat that inspired a Nobel Prize-winning novel there. The pot of gold at the end… Read More

Family fun in Ishikawa’s Kaga area

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From to craft to cars, Kaga has a range of attractions ideally suited to family groups   Okashi-jo Kagahan & Nippon Origami Museum Okashi-jo Kagahan is one of the Kaga area's most well-established traditional sweet makers, and with more than 300 types to choose from under the one ro… Read More

Short trips around Kanazawa

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Stay in Kanazawa to dig deeper and experience Ishikawa's diverse regional culture   Kaga Area Visit the Kaga area from Kanazawa for a full-bodied mix of local culture, hot springs and mountain scenery. Centred on the city of Kaga, an hour to the south of Kanazawa by train, it has six ma… Read More

Kanazawa culture in half a day

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Kanazawa's cultural riches make the city an incredibly rewarding day trip from Nagano or Tokyo Early: Hirokoji & Myoryuji Temple Now that the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train has put Kanazawa just over an hour from Nagano, and only two and a half from Tokyo, Kanazawa's special castle town… Read More

The best of Kanazawa in a day

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From one of Japan's most beautiful gardens to modern art   Morning: Kanazawa Station, Omi-cho Market Even before setting foot in Kanazawa's cultural heritage area, gold leaf greets visitors to the city with a shine on the bullet train platforms of Kanazawa Station. First priority? Fresh… Read More

Four must-see destinations in Kanazawa

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Kenrokuen Garden, Myoryuji Temple, Kanazawa Station & Omi-cho Market   Kenrokuen Garden Featuring an inspiring series of landscapes imbued with deep philosophy and spirituality, Kenrokuen Garden is an iconic part of Kanazawa's cultural heritage, and one of Japan's three most beautif… Read More

Kanazawa hands-on

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Connect with the city's living cultural heritage Try a hands-on creative workshop in Kanazawa for a more intimate insight into the city's cultural riches, and find out why it has been recognised as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art.… Read More

Kanazawa’s living cultural heritage

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Castle town charm, and gastronomic delight Kanazawa was founded amidst the storm of famine, rebellion and civil war that raged during sixteenth-century Japan, and richly matured as a castle town to become one of the most influential cities in the country. A patchwork of gently undulating plat… Read More