Discover Kanazawa

Kanazawa, a city known for its well-preserved Edo-era districts, art museums, and Japanese handicrafts, offers a wealth of attractions for history buffs and culture enthusiasts. Visit the historic Kanazawa Castle, relax in the beautiful Kenroku-en garden, or shop for unique souvenirs in the many local stores. Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Kanazawa for a memorable and enriching trip.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Kanazawa

The easiest way around Kanazawa is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following pass to get around:

  • Kanazawa Loop & Kenrokuen Shuttle Buss Day Pass

    • Coverage: most touristic attractions in the area

    • Duration: 1 day

    • Price: 600 Yen

    • Where to buy: Information booth at Kanazawa Station

Getting to Kanazawa

Public transportation: 

To get from Tokyo to Kanazawa by public transportation, travelers need to take a train. Detailed instructions are as follows:

  • Bullet Train: Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  • Regular Train: This option is not recommended due to the lengthy journey time and multiple transfers required.



Valid rail and bus passes:


Nearest airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Komatsu airport. 

  • by car: approximately 45 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour


Car rentals:

How long to stay in Kanazawa

We recommend staying here between one and two days.

Hotels in Kanazawa

Flights to Kanazawa

The nearest and most convenient airport is Komatsu airport. 

  • by car: approximately 45 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour

Festivals in Kanazawa

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed slightly in the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Asano River Carps Festival

    • Date: May 4th

    • Time: 10:00 - 16:00

  • Hokkoku Fireworks

    • Date: July 28th

    • Time: 19:50 - 21:15

  • Shiinoki Summer Festival

    • Date: August 16th and 17th

    • Time: 16:00 - 21:00

  • Craft Beer Kanazawa

    • Date: August 28th and 29th

    • Time: 11:00 - 19:00

  • Kanazawa Jazz Street

    • Date: September 13th until 16th

    • Time: 11:00 - 21:00

  • Yosakoi Soran Nihonkai Tournament Tournament

    • Date: November 24th

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