According to some online guidebooks, Kanazawa is, for some reasons, often forgotten by French tourists, but has a rich history and culture. It was the home of the Maeda clan, one of the most powerful in Japan during the 16th century.
We basically had at least 3 reasons to come here:
1) the city has one of the most famous Japanese garden (Kenroku-en)
2) it is close to the Sea of Japan, which would be a good change after our week in the mountains
and 3) well I said it before: less French people 😉
The Kenroku garden was quite crowded, making it a bit less relaxing than we would have thought:
Besides the garden, other attractions include the Omicho Market, some old Samurai houses and the Higashi Chaya-gai Geisha District. We did a little bit of all that, picturing it with our own eyes.
Also, less famous than the Kenroku garden, we stopped at Gyokusen’inmaru Park located on the other side of the Kanazawa Castle.
Back to the reasons for which we came here:
1) The garden is indeed beautiful!
2) It turns out the shore is one hour far from the city center, so we did not see the Sea of Japan at all!
3) These people are everywhere! 😀
Also, during these 2 days at Kanazawa, we decided to stay in a traditional ryokan, sleeping on tatami mats, embracing the Japanese culture and practicing martial arts. See it by yourself: