Kanazawa in the Winter and the Appeal of Food!

In Kanazawa during the wintertime, various foods are gathered up, making the place so fully stocked with delicious food that Kanazawa in the winter is called a “treasure house of food.” 

Kanimen, Kanazawa Oden
Kanazawa Oden

Also, a lot of winter events are held as well in Kanazawa.

The newest edition of a guidebook is out. It offers information on winter sightseeing here in Kanazawa. So, please do use it as a reference. This guidebook is being distributed at the JR Kanazawa Station TouristInformation Center.

For downloads, click here. https://visitkanazawa.jp/files/moretocheck/downloads/en/winter_is_2019_2020_en.pdf

Hokuriku Shinkansen Bullet Train


Direct operations of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains running between Tokyo and Kanazawa were resumed from October 25th. Kanazawa city was not impacted by the typhoon. Everyone, please do come here.


It was announced that there is a possibility that direct operations of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains between Tokyo and Kanazawa could be resumed from October 25th.

A definite timetable is scheduled to be announced on October 23rd.

Please check the JR homepage for the latest situations regarding service. https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/

Direct connections for bullet train service between Tokyo and Kanazawa are canceled.

Due to the impacts from the typhoon, routes and bullet train cars were damaged. Accordingly, for Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains, Kagayaki and Hakutaka operations for direct connections between Tokyo and Kanazawa are canceled. Please check the JR homepage for the latest situations regarding service.

Until all lines of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains are opened for traffic, please use alternative means below to travel by train and bus between Tokyo and Kanazawa.

  • TokyoMaibara by Shinkansen Hikari, MaibaraKanazawa by Limited Express Shirasagi
  • TokyoKyoto by Shinkansen Nozomi, KyotoKanazawa by Limited Express Thunderbird
  • TokyoNagoya by Shinkansen Hikari, NagoyaTakayama by Limited Express Hida, TakayamaShirakawagoKanazawa by Nohi Bus : https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/highwaybus/kanazawa_en/

Alternative means exist due to the availability of Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains, local trains, and buses.

Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains are in service between Tokyo and Nagano.

You can travel Nagano (Limited Express Wideview Shinano) – Matsumoto (Bus) – Takayama (Bus) – Shirakawago (Bus) – Kanazawa route by using the  Three-Star Route Option Ticket.

In addition, please check the access page below for means of transportation such as airplanes.  

Access to Kanazawa : https://visitkanazawa.jp/howtoreach/access

Kanazawa JAZZ street

To be held for the eleventh time this year is “Kanazawa JAZZ street”. It is popular as a customary event in the fall. You can hear live jazz throughout the whole town of Kanazawa. 

At “Machikado Jazz live”, over 150 live events will be held at twelve venues in the center of the city. While listening to Kanazawa-style jazz, please make it a point to enjoy the townscapes, history, and food culture of Kanazawa.  

An introduction to a fall event unique to Kanazawa:

Traditional Culture Night Theater

Here is an event that you can enjoy in about one hour. It is the digest version of six kinds of programs that are characteristic of Japan.
The programs will feature such events as geisha performances as well as koto and Japanese drum musical performances, which are all part of the traditional culture of Kanazawa. 

Koto music
Kanazawa geigi dance

Tsuzumi-Mon Gate Night performance

At Tsuzumi-Mon Gate, which is a symbol of JR Kanazawa Station, a variety of programs such as dance and a capella will be held as daily specials. 

Why not experience the Japanese public bath known as a “sento” as a memory of your travels?

The “sento” bath has been loved for hundreds of years by the area residents.  Here you can have a glimpse of everyday life in Japan.  You can also enjoy the interaction with the locals as your use the sento.  

This pamphlet introduces the 15 sento baths located within the city as well as some etiquette for using the baths. https://visitkanazawa.jp/files/moretocheck/downloads/en/sento_map.pdf

Three-Star Route Option Ticket (One way)

From July 2019, valuable tickets are offered for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Center in Narita Airport and Haneda Airport etc, to visit sites along Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-Star Road. Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-Star Road is a road that connects Kanazawa, Gokayama, Shirakawa-go, Takayama, and Matsumoto.

Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Higashi Chaya District, Kanazawa
Higashi Chaya District, Kanazawa
Togakushi, Nagano
Togakushi, Nagano
Zenkoji-temple, Nagano
Zenkoji Temple, Nagano

This ticket gives you easy access to popular tourist sites with overseas tourists such as Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-star Road, World Heritage site, the national treasure and Nagano’s tourist sites where introduced with three star in the michelin greenguide japan.

Detailed information on the ticket can be found from here.

Matsumoto Castle, Nagano
Matsumoto Castle, Nagano

The greatest festival of Kanazawa [Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival]

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival commemorates the entry of Maeda Toshiie, the founder of Kanazawa city, into Kanazawa Castle. The festival this year is held for three days from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2. Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 1. There are various other interesting events in the city. Special Tour with VIP seats to watch the parade is also available.

Hyakumangoku Parade

Saturday, June 1 | 14:00-18:00 Hyakumangoku Parade

14:00 – 14:20 Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of Kaga-tobi ladder top acrobatics performance by firemen and Taiko drum performances.
Place: the Tsuzumi-mon gate at JR Kanazawa station

14:20 – 17:30 Parade
Participants in historical costumes will march through the main streets to the castle together with brass band performing music and Shishi-mai lion dance.
Place: the east square of JR Kanazawa station, Omicho market, Korinbo, Kanazawa Castle Park

16:00 – 18:00 Finale
The actor dressed as Maeda Toshiie enters Kanazawa Castle and is celebrated.
Place: San-no-maru square at Kanazawa Castle Park
Opening Ceremomy

Saturday, June 1 | 18:00-20:00 Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi ; Traditional Dance Performance

Around 13,000 people dance on the downtown streets.
Venue: Between Minamicho and Katamachi and between Korinbo and Shinoki cultural complex (Hirosaka street)
Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi

Saturday, June 1 | 19:00-21:00 Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh

Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park
Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh

Geisha Culture Experience

Geisha have been active in the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa, Higashi, Nishi and Kazue-machi, since the Edo period (from the 17th to 19th centuries), and currently, about 50 Geisha have inherited the traditional performing arts.
Even if you want to meet a Geisha, there is a custom called “Ichigen san Okotowari” where first time visitors are unable to enter the teahouse.
However, in this event, first time visitors are also able to enter the teahouse and watch the Geisha dance.

Kanazawa Geigi’s Traditional Performing Arts and Experience Hospitality in a Teahouse

Dates: designated Saturdays from May 11th, 2019 to March 28th, 2020
Time: 13:00 – 14:00 (doors open at 12:45)

Watch a Geisha dance and taiko drum performance at an existing teahouse, and also experience playing party games. *included traditional confectionary and tea. *included an English interpreter as a guide.


The cherry blossom season is here!

For Kanazawa, blooming was announced on April 1st, and around April 8th is expected to be the time of full bloom.

The three places, Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle Park, and Kazue-machi Chaya District, are especially recommended as famous places for cherry blossoms in Kanazawa.

Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Park
Kazue-machi Chaya District

Kenrokuen Garden, in particular, will be lit up at night for a limited time in the cherry blossom blooming period. Enjoy the night view. During the cherry blossom blooming period, entry to Kenrokuen Garden will be free all day.

Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Park

  • Kenrokuen Garden free entry / illumination period: April 5th to April 11th
  • Time of illumination: Sunset to 9.30 p.m. (entry to garden is until 9.15 p.m.)