A leisurely stroll through Kanazawa Castle and the surrounding landscape are a joy shared.

The castle grounds are open until late, we were very lucky on the evening we were there to take in a fantastic light show over the water in the Gyokusen’inmaru garden.  This piece of natural landscaping is a multilevel garden, complete with cliff, waterfall, islands and lovey bridges sits close to the gate of it’s own name

Sadly our visit to Kanawaza was  too short and we did not have time to fully visit the castle interiors throughout the day.  Luckily, there is this interesting link describing the buildings standing technical exhibit.

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If you have the time, it is recommended to take both a day and evening visit; as the castle is a much different experience by day – where one can bathe in its lovely lines and inspiring size (and pop into the 21st Century Museum)- and by night – where you can feel the heavy presence of defense and the violence that spawned such a grand structure.

Kanazawa | Kanazawa Castle  金沢城 –  Kanazawa
Gyokusen ‘inmaru Garden

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1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture  920-0937, Japan


Open Hours:
Castle:      7:00 – 18:00    Daily
Gardens: Open longer

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