D. T. Suzuki Museum

Museum built in memory of the Buddhist philosopher, D. T. Suzuki Museum. Famous for its Water Mirror Garden

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Contemporary art museum that opened in 2004 and is today one of Kanazawa’s key attractions

Kaikaro Teahouse

Beautiful teahouse located in the middle of the main street of the Higashi Chaya District. It is the largest teahouse in the district and one of the most well-preserved. Tea service is included in the admission fee.

Shima Ochaya

Tea house built in the 1820s that today it stands as a museum and an Important Cultural Site. Spread over two floors, visitors can see the instruments used by the geisha to entertain guests to the tea house and glimpse into how the tea houses of the area looked in the late Edo period. Explanations are only in Japanese but a simple English pamphlet is also available.

Oyama Shrine

Oyama Shrine (尾山神社, oyama-jinja) is a shrine dedicated to Maeda Toshiie of the Maeda clan that would go…

Nagamachi Samurai District

Former area of residence for the samurai of Kanazawa with narrow canals and stone paths. Some of the homes are open to the public. There is also a small museum showing how the merchant class used to live, complete with a reconstructed old style pharmacy, tea room, traditional garden, and displays of local handicrafts.

Hishi and Tsuzuki Yagura + Gojukken Nagaya

Turrets and warehouse reconstructed in July 2001 based off designs from the 1850s. They were originally built with defense of the castle in mind, incorporating fire-proof walls and slits for firing upon enemies. Together they form one of the biggest wooden constructions built after the Meiji period in Japan.


The main gate to Kanazawa Castle. Reconstruction was completed in 2010, 130 years after its demolition in the wake of the Meiji Restoration. As with other rebuilt parts of Kanazawa Castle, Kahoku-mon was reconstructed based on historical research and using traditional Japanese carpentry methods of the period.

Gyokusen-in Maru Garden

Private garden of the Maeda clan with water features and bridges. After 130 years of neglect, restoration in 2013 following a 5-year period of careful excavation and planning based on old drawings and literature. The garden opened to the public in March 2015. Light-ups from sunset until 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and days before public holidays.

Kanazawa Castle

Home of the powerful Maeda family who governed the region for 280 years from the late 16th century up until the end of the Edo period. Since its early days, the castle has been pivotal to Kanazawa and the city has developed around it.

Kanazawa Jazz Street

Jazz artists from Japan and overseas congregate in Kanazawa for this annual music event. There are over 200…

Hyakumangoku Matsuri

Annual festival commemorating the entry of the feudal lord Maeda Toshiie into Kanazawa Castle in 1583