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Kanazawa Castle

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All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family, are the Ishikawa Gate, a moat and stone walls.
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1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
+81 76-234-3800
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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful example of a traditional wood construction castle. The tour is very informative with examples of the construction techniques used to build it. A good choice along with the garden next door

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Expansive grounds and the connected garden is stunning in the autumn colours, buy the combo ticket for both attractions as its better value.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 22_L_C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the top sights in Kanazawa. The fortress is impressive and gives you a glimpse of the Japanese wood building technique. The park surrounding the castle is very nice. I appreciated the shadow protecting us from the July sun and that some...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were there in the evening when it was lighted up. We only walked around the castle grounds and did not go in. The grounds were big and grand and the lighting played a role in making the castle look attractive. To me, this is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sychim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kanazawa castle charms by its elegant wide lines built over vast grounds; first sight from square makes one think this would be a good Lego build. The inside is spartan as typical for Japanese interiors, and just worth visit to peer outside fortress windows and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Otto L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kanazawa Castle is located across the street from the Kenrokuen Garden, and is historically significant. It's worth an hour walk around if you are visiting the Garden, but since there is limited access to interiors, it's not a must-see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jerry J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family are the Ishikwa Gate, a moat and the stone walls. A really nice castle in Japan.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Able to enter and view the beautiful timber and take photos. Is accessible by lift for disabled persons. Very reasonable fee includes access to the stunning gardens across the street. Many clean Toilets in all areas. Great for Photos

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 3heather
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Kanazawa castle and Garden, if you really wan to enjoy the air and slowly walk for relax. I suggest you should visit in the early morning. By the way, I found that there is a stress out side the castle, around the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tungluongtien
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during the evening and discovered a peaceful and beautiful garden and castle. We were lucky enough to find a wonderful garden behind the castle that was alight with a 7 minute "4 seasons" light show of changing colours and musc. Lighting then indicated...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gregory W
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Entering the Kanazawa Castle Park occupying large area on the outskirt is free of charge. To enter the Hishiyagure (diamond-shaped turret), Gojikken Nagoya (long warehouse) and the Tsuzuki Yagura (turret protecting the... More