On this my third trip to Kanazawa I am falling in love with this city! So much history and culture envelop me each time I visit. Whether it’s visiting the gold leaf museum, learning to make lacquerware, or dining at some of the best restaurants in Japan, this place rocks.
The JR Lines Rail Pass provided a fast and affordable way to get around the country. The trip takes about two and a half hours from Tokyo and good views of Mt Fuji and the Japanese Alps can be had on clear days.
High above Kanazawa
After arriving in Kanazawa station we headed to our hotel to dump baggage then hopped a bus up to the town of Shirakawa-go, a historic village high in the mountains. Here we saw old-style grass-roof houses partially covered in snow in this World Heritage site. A two hour visit was enough to see and photograph the site before heading back to Kanazawa for dinner.
We met our friend Koji-san in Kanazawa to see what he had arranged for dinner. The restaurant was Hana Momoji, a Japanese/European fusion style with some of the best food I’ve ever had in Japan. We started with a small sample of sea cucumber before moving on to a sashimi platter.
We worked our way through two salads, croquettes, and a seafood paella before heading back to our hotel for the night.
After a blissful night at Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel we were ready for a full day. On the schedule was the Phonograph Museum, Yamato soy sauce, Fukumitsuya sake-393 years in the business, and a stop at a lacquerware shop to learn how to make our own platter.
Kanazawa has a deep culture rooted in arts and crafts. Getting there is easy using the JR Lines rail pass, and a day or two might suffice for some visitors. For me I hope to spend 4-5 days to finish exploring this great Japanese city next time. There is so much left to experience and I feel I’ve just scratched the surface.