The best place to see Sakura
You might be wondering why Kanazawa is the best place to see cherry blossoms. There are two reasons. One, the amazing Kenroku-en garden as well as the newly built Kanazawa castle next the garden make a for an atmospheric place to see the true beauty of the blossoms. Two, Kanazawa certainly gets its fair share of visitors but its nothing compared to Kyoto or Tokyo, where you’re bound to see more people than flowers. Of course, you’re lucky if you get to see them anywhere.
Kanazawa’s biggest festival, Hyakumangoku Matsui, is held in the second weekend of June, somewhere between the 10th to the 14th. The main event is a parade through the city, with hundreds of men clad in Samurai gear, women in traditional clothing, acrobats and a famous actor playing the king. It’s quite a spectacle and you’re bound to find something that entertains you. The festival runs through the whole week so it’s a good time to visit. Everyone is certainly in a festive mood.
The one down side is the festival is held at the beginning of the rainy season, so the weather is usually poor.