Samurai and geisha culture comes to life on a tour of Kanazawa
On the main island of Honshu lies one of the highlights of the Hokuriku region. Known as 'Little Kyoto', a tour of Kanazawa will lead you into the heart of a picturesque and culturally enthralling scene. Complete with beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts, this is the real deal. If Kyoto can appear somewhat staged, Kanazawa is authentically itself, boasting more than 40 geishas still residing in the city.
On your bespoke trip to Kanazawa, your expert guide can give you a deeper understanding of Japan’s culture and history as you visit the historic districts, temples and museums. You can take in the bustling market of Omi-cho, before heading off to the serene 16th-century castle that graces the hills of the island.
The food here is simply sublime, and recognised as such throughout Japan. On your trip to Kanazawa you will be served some of the country’s best sushi. We urge you to order the super sweet, delicate prawns as this dishes is rarely found outside this region, and sample the sticky, seasoned rice.
In a country famous for its gardens, Kanazawa’s 17th-century Kenrokuen gardens is acclaimed enough to be considered one of Japan’s three ‘great gardens’.
Enveloped by mountains, beaches, and the rugged Noto peninsula an easy trip away, Kanazawa is a very pretty slice of authentic Japan indeed.