With little damage from the Second World War, Kanazawa has many historical attractions including Nachamachi, the former samurai district; traditional Chaya restaurants where geisha perform and Kanazawa Castle dating from 1583, which is being restored to its former glory. Yet the main attraction is Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan’s top three gardens, which includes delightful miniature landscapes.
One of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, Kenrokuen means ‘garden combining six,’ which refers to the six characteristics it is believed gardens should showcase: spaciousness; human ingenuity; seclusion; antiquity; water and wonderful views. A place for quiet reflection, a wander through the ponds, waterfalls, bridges, teahouses and miniature landscapes is not to be missed.
Kanazawa, Kanazawa & Around, Japan
Beniya Mukayu is located just 15 minutes from the local town but feels as if you are in the heart of the countryside. With beautiful pared back design, a light and airy feel complete with stunning spa this is truly a retreat for body and soul.
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
With a wonderful location adjacent to Kanazawa Station, large choice of dining options, spacious and comfortable rooms offering fabulous views and friendly helpful staff, Hotel Nikko is the ideal base for exploring Kanazawa’s famous castle and gardens.
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa
Kanazawa, Kanazawa & Around, Japan
Just a two-minute walk from Kanazawa Station, the Hyatt Centric is a chic base to explore the historic and elegant city of Kanazawa and after a full day of sightseeing, the roof terrace bar is a wonderful spot for a relaxing sake-inspired cocktail.
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa is located next door to Kanazawa's JR train station, making it most one of the most convenient hotels in the city. With great views and a range of restaurants, it makes for a comfortable stay in Kanazawa.
Family Fun in Japan
Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa & Kyoto
Designed to appeal to adults and children alike, this awesome Japan tour takes in the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, with its distinctive cultural traditions of kawaii (cute), anime and cosplay. Then go cycling in the Japanese Alps, stay in a traditional ryokan inn and learn how to cook like a local in Kyoto.
GBP £6,100 pp
Tokyo, Yamashiro Onsen, Kyoto, Ise Peninsula
Ignite the senses as you take an awe-inspiring tour through Japan in limitless luxury, enjoying the eclectic mix of madcap modernity and tranquil tradition. Slip between skyscrapers, savour sake, and be stunned by samurai. Headquarter at some of the most exclusive hotels and native ryokans while enjoying unparalleled service and delectable cuisine.
Japan in Spring - Cherry Blossom Season
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Miyajima, Kyoto & Hakone
Explore and marvel during Sakura season, when beautiful cherry blossom blankets the country. Taking you throughout the island of Honshu, visit Japan in spring to see a nation in full bloom. The unfolding beauty continues through Hakone National Park and Miyajima Island, two of the best and most picturesque places to see Japan’s famed blossom.
GBP £13,800 pp
Taste of Japan
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka
Savour the chance to tour Japan through world-class cuisine on this food-focused trip. Awarded heritage status by UNESCO, Japanese food is an art form and integral to the country’s culture. Experience the rituals and exquisite aesthetic of kaiseki dining, enjoy a private sushi masterclass, delight in the street food, and sip smooth sake.
GBP £8,500 pp