Located by the coastline of Japan Sea in the Hokuriku region, Kanazawa city serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Having become recently accessible from Tokyo in just 2 hours and 28 minutes by shinkansen, the city has a growing presence as one of the bucket list destinations rivalling Tokyo and Kyoto. What you can expect in Kanazawa is super fresh seafood brought straight up from the sea and beautifully conserved historical buildings and traditional arts largely due to the fact the city escaped destruction by air raids.
Make sure to visit Kenrokuen Garden, known for one of three best landscape gardens in Japan. Its massive garden used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle. Walk through Higashi Chaya District, where makes you feel as if you traveled back in time with wooden architectures. Experience pasting gold leaf, which the city enjoys almost complete dominance in producing. Don’t forget to eat the excellent seafood in Omicho Market if you like sushi and sashimi, or maybe even if you don’t. You won’t regret it. Take a short trip of 1.5 hours from the city and reach the Shirakawa-go village district deep in a mountainous area in Gifu Prefecture. Bathe in an onsen hot spring in a town designated as the Important Preservation District.