Kanazawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Senmaida Rice Terrace
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  • Stone entrance gate
    Stone entrance gate
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  • Digging for history
    Digging for history
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Kanazawa

  • 1. Mount Hakusan Hiking

    If you're hiking any mountain, you should be prepared for rain. Hakusan, being on the sea of Japan makes it even more probable. Make sure to bring rain gear and water proof your stuff. Mountain...

  • 2. Noto Peninsula

    Senmaida, or a 1000 fields in a top scenic spot to stop and gaze out on the ocean, or the beautifully staked rice fields. There are usually some merchants around selling little knickknacks and such as...

  • 3. Kawakita Fire Festival

    Kawakita fire festival is the largest fireworks festival around Kanazawa. There is dancing, taiko playing, lots of things to burn down and killer fireworks. The festival goes all day, rain or shine....

  • 4. Gokayama, UNESCO World Heritage

    A short ride, about an hour, outside of Kanazawa is the mountain world heritage site of Gokayama. Gokayama is a village of traditional “A” frame thatch roofed houses. You should be able to arrange...

  • 5. Senmaida Rice Terrace

    We hired a car and took a drive along the west coast of Noto Hanto. This is a spectacular drive. We really enjoyed the views of the rugged coastline. The children's main aim was to see a UFO...part...

  • 6. Matto Kirin Beer Factory

    Yes, it true. You can get free beer if you visit the Matto Kirin beer factory. Admission is free and it entitles you to 2 free beers or other Kirin beverage products. The down side is you have to...

  • 7. Oyama Shrine

    The Oyama Shrine is nestled between the main street that links the railway station and the down-town area. The shrine itself is similar to many others around Japan but has two features that make it...

  • 8. Kanazawa City Government Office

    The West side of Kanazawa offers very little in the way of tourist attractions and is mostly the industrial and government side of the city. However, if you find yourself on the West side of Kanazawa,...

  • 9. Rapeseed Blossom

    Ok, this is kind of a strange tip, but here goes. If you’re in Kanazawa during early April, you should check out the fields of beautiful yellow flowers (not sure what they7re called) that are used to...

  • 10. Matto Fire Festival

    Most visitors will never make here, but for those that do the festival of a lifetime awaits you. I’ve had the pleasure of attending and participating in this event for three years and it never gets...

  • 11. Kazuemachi Chaya District

    Instead of heading direct to Higashi Chaya district after alighting at the bus stop, deviate towards this restaurant lined district situated right along the river. Wind through the narrow alleys...

  • 12. Mikawa Okaeri Festival

    Another great festival that I’ve had the privilege of participating in is the Mikawa spring festival. It’s a held in mid May when its traditional for the gods to visit. Special portable shrines are...

  • 13. BBQ

    If you have friends in the area and/or have access to a car, you can take a long day and enjoy the summer weather. Take a few hours to the beach and enjoy the sea. Then pack up and head up the hills...

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