3 hours away from Tokyo (via the Hokuriku Shinkansen) is Japan’s “little Kyoto,” Kanazawa, on the coast of Ishikawa Prefecture.
Because it escaped the fire bombing of World War II, Kanazawa has entire districts of perfectly-preserved 17th century Edo-era architecture.
It’s an amazing place to experience traditional Japanese arts like:
Wajirmanuri (輪島塗) lacquerware
kagayuzen (加賀友禅) textiles and kimono
kutaniyaki (九谷焼) porcelain
Enough of the travel book fluff. Let’s get to the heart of Kanazawa!
Japan’s El Dorado
Kanazawa might be Japan’s “little Kyoto,” but, I prefer to call it Japan’s “El Dorado.”
Shops all over Kanazawa sell a variety of products that contain gold leaf (金箔/kinpaku), like handicrafts, cosmetics, food, and drink.
In fact, Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf. There are plenty of gold leaf items that you can’t find anywhere else
From gifts for under 500 yen to pens costing millions of yen, there’s a shop somewhere in Kanazawa selling it.
What To Eat – The Quest For The Golden Ice Cream Cone
Kanazawa is right on the Sea of Japan, meaning it’s a paradise for seafood lovers — and absolute hell if you have seafood allergies.
There’s more than seafood in Kanazawa. If you read my tweets, you know I have a serious sweet tooth.
I was on a mission to eat this:
I also couldn’t pass up this “unmeltable” ice cream from Kanazawa Ice:
Prefectural Delights: Houjicha Tea, Pork, and Sweet Potatoes
Lunch. Because nothing screams “tradition” like pancakes, right?😂 to be fair, these pancakes are made with Kaga houjicha (Kaga/加賀 being the old name domain name of Ishikawa Prefecture centuries ago). Want these pancakes? Head to Fluffy, 2 minutes away from the center of Kanazawa’s Higashi Chayagai. 金沢・ひがし茶屋街のフラッフィーで食べた加賀ほうじ茶ホットケーキ。ほうじ茶の香りたっぷりで苦味もなく、めっちゃ美味しかったわ。 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. #babykaijublog #japanblogger #japaneseblogger #japanblog #butfirstdessert #pancakes #pancakesforlunch #sweettooth #foodie #sweettooth #houjicha #sweets #パンケーキ#ほうじ茶#ほうじ茶ホットケーキ #desserttable #instasweets #dessertsgram #huffposttaste #lunch #cafe #hungry #foodlover #brekkie #brunch #instagramjapan #japan#ひがし茶屋街カフェ#ひがし茶屋街
What To See And Do — Kanazawa Photo Diary
Getting To Kanazawa And Where To Stay
I booked a 3-day, 2-night stay and shinkansen round trip ticket for under 35,000 yen. I also got a 1-day use bus pass thanks to an amazing deal found on the website for Nippon Travel Agency.
My package also included a stay at Hotel Mystays Kanazawa Castle, a newly renovated hotel just minutes from Kanazawa Station.
The hotel also has an onsen but, kids in diapers are not allowed to use it, so no onsen relaxation for me. Too bad; The temperatures dipped right before our Kanazawa trip. There’s just something about a hot outdoor bath when it’s freezing. Maybe in a few years I’ll return!
Kanazawa At Your Doorstep — It’s Giveaway Time!
If you want to visit Kanazawa but just can’t, I brought some highlights of Kanazawa to share. After all, “Bringing Japan closer to you,” is what I do. It’s my job description!
Next week, I will be hosting a giveaway featuring fabulous golden goodies from Kanazawa. Stay tuned for details – subscribe for email updates so you don’t miss out!