Kanazawa

Japan

Cruises to Kanazawa

Head to Kanazawa and the Ishikawa Prefecture and you step back in time to the Edo Period (1603 to 1886), the height of samurai culture. Thankfully, Kanazawa was the second-largest city (after Kyoto) to make it through World War II intact. As a result, parts of the old castle town, including the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived in pretty good condition. Keep your camera ready to capture the rows of teahouses in the historic Geisha district. Kanazawa also boasts attractive temples, a wide variety of museums and a lively market dating back to 1721. About an hour away is Kaga Onsen, healing hot springs that are well worth a day trip.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Kanazawa Port Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    JST (Japan Standard Time) UTC/GMT +9 hours
  • Language
    The official language is Japanese.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Japanese Yen (JPY)
    • Famous For
      During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, a powerful feudal clan. Hence, the city grew to rival Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).
    • Fun Fact #2
      Kanazawa escaped destruction by WWII air raids. Parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district, have survived in good condition.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Kanazawa is famous for beautiful Wagashi, or Japanese sweets. Experience a tea ceremony featuring these exquisite confections.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Charming Shirakawa-go is a village trapped in time, a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside featuring 100-plus thatched-roof houses.
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