Kanazawa
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  • Kanazawa: Noto Peninsula Private Day-Tour

    1. Kanazawa: Noto Peninsula Private Day-Tour

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Kanazawa at 8:30 AM. Travel directly to the Wajima Morning Market with your English-speaking driver-guide. Explore the many stalls which line the streets and sell fresh fish, fresh vegetables, and a variety of traditional arts and crafts.  Then, travel to the Senmaida Rice Fields and discover a vast area of over 2,000 rice paddies set on steep slopes. Admire green rice fields of various geometric shapes that contrast with the beautiful blue ocean in the background.  Next, stop at the Okunoto Salt Farm Village in Suzu. Explore the only salt farm in Japan which continues to use the traditional "Agehama" technique for salt production. Learn about this process which has a history dating back over 500 years.  Visit Myojoji Temple, which is the main temple of the Nichiren Sect in the Hokuriku Region. Enter the Joroku-do, a hall containing an imp...

  • From Kanazawa: Shiakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

    2. From Kanazawa: Shiakawago, Hida-Furukawa and Takayama Visit

    Be picked up by your English-speaking guide at your accommodation in Kanazawa and head to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago. Spend 2.5-hours in Shirakawago exploring the village. Walk across the Sho River on the pedestrian bridge and take in the sights of this fairytale village. Head to the canal-lined streets of Hida-Furukawa. Spend 1-hour in Hida-Furukawa exploring the town and enjoying lunch. Hida-Furukawa is famous for its timber craftsmanship and festivals. Your last stop is Takayama. Spend 2-hours in this preserved town famous for carpentry and sake brewing. Takayama village is a preserved village, with buildings dating back to the Edo period. From Takayama, your driver will take you back to your accommodation in Kanazawa.

  • Kanazawa to Shirakawago: Half-Day Tour

    3. Kanazawa to Shirakawago: Half-Day Tour

    Explore the world heritage hamlet of Shirakawa-go on a 4-hour package tour with access to a private vehicle exclusively for you and your fellow travelers. Your English-speaking driver will take you to the World UNESCO site of Shirakawa-go. You will be collected from your hotel lobby, before being whisked off to the UNESCO village of Shirakawago. Your morning or afternoon driving tour will be designed for those looking for convenient access to this beautiful but remote mountain village You will have between 1.5 and 2 hours to spend exploring the village. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will take you back to Kanazawa City in the comfort of your private car.

  • From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

    4. From Kyoto : One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa

    Take the fast route to Kanazawa from Kyoto Station with a trip on the Thunderbird Express. Book a one-way ticket in advance and enjoy a hassle-free ride to the well-preserved Edo-era district. Simply redeem your ticket at JR Kyoto Station, then enjoy the comfortable express train. Along the way, admire scenic views of the Kyoto countryside before you arrive at the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture.

  • Kanazawa: Samurai and Geisha District Walking Tour

    5. Kanazawa: Samurai and Geisha District Walking Tour

    Follow your guide to Nagamachi, a neighborhood once inhabited by a band of Samurais. Discover remnants of this part of Kanazawa’s history with a visit to Nomura Clan Samurai House and see famous artifacts that date back to this period. Visit Kanazawa Castle Gardens and Kenroku-en, one of the finest Japanese gardens in the world. Your guide will take you to the best areas for photos. In spring you’ll see plum blossoms (just before the famous cherry blossom season) whilst in autumn the cherry and maple trees change to a range of beautiful red and orange colors. Finally, take a stroll through Higashi-chaya, once a haven for the fabled Geisha. Your guide will take you through this historic district and take you to a Japanese Tea House where the Geisha once performed. Take the opportunity to sample the famous Gold Leaf Ice Cream. Kanazawa is one of Japan’s top producers of gold leaf, and th...

  • Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    6. Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

    Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once the supplier has received your booking, they’ll get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. The right loca is hand-pickedl for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting loca...

    Yukari was a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, flexible, patient, delightful and fun. Her English is excellent, she knows her city and shared lots of great information and stories, and had a good sense of humor. All in all, I felt like a made a new friend! Yukari is a wonderful asset to your company and I highly recommend her as a guide,

  • Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

    7. Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

    This Kanazawa Geisha District tour will introduce you to this beautiful and intriguing quarter of Kanazawa city’s long held culture and charm. Allow your guide to take you down the enchanting back streets to visit the less commercial aspects of this charming tea district. Where untouched enclaves take you back to samurai times when this entertainment district was in its heyday.  The Kanazawa Samurai District tour takes you back in time to one of the best preserved Samurai Districts in Japan. The streets are lined with mud and straw walls encapsulating the unspoiled extravagance of the Samurai era. Let your guide take you through this romantic enclave on a trip back in time with this tour. Feel the power and influence of the Lords of Kanazawa by visiting the Kanazawa Castle grounds and park area. View the beautiful white lead roof tiles, touch the formidable Ishikawa Mon gate, and enjoy...

  • Shirakawa-go, Gokayama & Takayama Private Tour From Kanazawa

    8. Shirakawa-go, Gokayama & Takayama Private Tour From Kanazawa

    This exclusive package is tailored for distinguished guests who prefer the convenience of door to door service. Your driver/guide will collect you from your hotel lobby at an agreeable time.  Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) registered as a World Cultural Heritage site. Shirakawa-go is part of the Hida region and is famous for the gassho-zukuri village found there. The houses were built using a traditional style of the minka (non-samurai houses), and have a thatched, peaked roof that looks like two hands in prayer (gassho). The upper floors of some of the houses were used for silk farming (sericulture), as they had a large space available to store silkworms and mulberry leaves. Shirakawa is a must-see area if one would like to grasp the rich contrast of life in this region. Gokayama, the World Heritage Site is nestled in the tranquil and rustic landsca...

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What people are saying about Kanazawa

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Yukari was a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, flexible, patient, delightful and fun. Her English is excellent, she knows her city and shared lots of great information and stories, and had a good sense of humor. All in all, I felt like a made a new friend! Yukari is a wonderful asset to your company and I highly recommend her as a guide,

Hana was a terrific guide For our family of teens and tweens. We only gave her vague guidance and she whisked us off to the samurai houses and then on to the food hall in the dept store. Hana guided us all through the wide array of sweets and pickles and other treats we didn’t recognise. It was a great way to spend the morning!

Very joyful trip in Kanazawa city

Hanayo is a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. She introduced the history, stories and different culture of Kanazawa and showed me around the city. I enjoyed her company very much and highly recommend her trip to tourists who travel to Kanazawa.

Our guide, Yukari was so lovely. She contacted us before our tour to ask what we would like to see and when we met her she made suggestions that might suit best. We had a wonderful 2 hours with her and would recommend highly

The tour guide knew her stuff and took me around the Geisha district and notable Kanazawa temples. very informative and lovely guide which made the experience more enjoyable.