Duration: 5 hours
Start/End: Kanazawa Port/Kanazawa Port
Highlights: Kenrokuen Garden, Higashi Chayamachi Area, Omicho Market, Nagamachi Samura district
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Upon arrival at the Toyama port, you will be transferred by your local guide and driver to Kenrokuen Garden which is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens. Its name, Kenrokuen, literally means “Garden of the Six Sublimities” – essential attributes to make up a perfect garden. They include the spaciousness, seclusion, artificially, antiquity, abundant water, and bread views. You can get a glimpse of landscape theory by strolling around Kenrokuen. Feast your eyes on the scenery of water features, bridges, teahouses, trees, flowers, stones, viewpoints and hidden nooks mixed together make a wonderful sight. The colorful garden is always blooming with various flowers in each season: fresh spring with plum blossoms, early summer with cherry blossoms, romantic autumn with maple trees and especially winter is marked by the snow flowers.
Then, you will head to the biggest and the most interesting area in the city, Higashi Chayamachi Area. A chaya is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests come to see Geisha – traditional Japanese female artists, performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games, and conversation. It’s also an ideal place for you to sample some tea and a few sweets while enjoying the scenery outside through the teahouse’s window.
Your Kanazawa trip will continue on to the Omicho Market. Being the largest fresh food market in Kanazawa, lined up by about 200 shops and stalls, the market offers various fresh & dried seafood, seaweeds, seasonal products, and some common households. Seafood market stalls also sell their freshly made ready to eat sushi, sashimi, and yakitori. Around noon, you will have lunch at a local restaurant inside the market specializing in rice bowls topped with fresh Kanazawa seafood.
Finish your tour by the last stop at Nagamachi Samurai district which reveals a historical spirit with the samurai residences, earthen walls, private entrance gates, narrow lanes, and water canals. Spring is considered the best time to visit here as it’s time the cherry trees fully blossom along the streets and river. But the different colors of the leaves in other seasons create a mesmerizing scenery that worth a visit, too. The shore excursion ends as you return to the port for the next departure.