Kanazawa is a historic city in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. It is populated by more than 450 thousand people. Kanazawa is the center of the economy and culture of the Hokuriku region. It is a leading tourist city where 8 million tourists visit every year. The samurai, the merchants, the geisha, and the lords have all left their mark on Kanazawa in a compact, easily navigable central area.
How to reach
Komatsu Airport (KMQ) offers regular international flights to and from Shanghai (China), Seoul (Korea) and Taipei (Taiwan). Domestic flights provide connections with Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, Sapporo-Chitose, Fukuoka, Sendai, and Naha airports. The Hokuriku Shinkansen, a high-speed railway line from Tokyo to Kanazawa started operating in 2015.
Cherry blossom season
The conference takes place during the cherry blossom season. You will have the unique opportunity to view cherry trees in full bloom in the Kenrokuen Garden and near the Kanazawa Castle.
Kenroku-en Garden is the most famous sight in Kanazawa. It is considered one of Japan's Top 3 gardens. You can feel the fresh air as you enjoy the ponds, fountains, and waterfalls in the garden and enjoy the traditional craftsmanship with beautiful stone bridges and stone lanterns.
Kanazawa Castle Park
In Kanazawa, there was a castle of the Lord Maeda Toshiie. Although the original castle was down by a fire in the past, some of the parts were rebuilt again and again. The Ishikawamon Gate and Sanjikken Nagaya (a storage house of about 50 yards) have both been designated as important cultural assets in Japan.
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. A chaya (teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance. Kanazawa has three, well preserved chaya districts, Higashi Chayagai, Nishi Chayagai and Kazuemachi.
Ninjadera (Ninja Temple)
Myoryuji Temple, commonly known as Ninjadera ("Ninja Temple"), was built by the Maeda lords, rulers over the region during the Edo Period. While not actually associated with ninja, the temple earned its nickname because of its many deceptive defences. The temple's defences aimed to guard against intruders or attack, and include hidden tunnels, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases. You can enjoy real ninja tricks in this temple.
The Seisonkaku Villa was built in the last years of the Edo Period by a Maeda lord for his mother. It is one of the most elegant, remaining samurai villas in Japan. Seisonkaku is a large structure with a number of expansive tatami rooms on two floors. One of its interesting features is the roof which covers its garden viewing deck. It was built without supports that would interrupt the view of the garden.
Gold Leaf Factory
Kanazawa, which literally means “stream of gold”, is a city of gold leaf. 99% gold leaf and 100% silver leaf used in Japan is made in Kanazawa.
Gold leaf is mainly sticked on Japanese Buddhist altar and craft arts.
Sakuda is a gold leaf souvenir shop as well as a factory that produce gold leaf. They show how to make 1/10,000mm gold leaf.
Kanazawa Station is the main entry point for visitors to Kanazawa and is a modern building completed in 2005. Outside the Kanazawa Station concourse is the red-colored Tsuzumi Gate, the design of which is based on traditional Japanese hand drums. Behind the gate at the east entrance to Kanazawa Station is the large glass dome Motenashi (Welcome) Dome, which serves as an event space.