At Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, you can see the famous winter sight of “yukitsuri” until the middle of March. “Yukitsuri” refers to the technique of supporting branches with ropes to prevent them from breaking under the weight of the snow, and it is a seasonal spectacle in Kanazawa, where the snow has a high moisture content.
Furthermore, from February 1st until the 19th, Kenroku-en and Kanazawa Castle Park will be lit up with illuminations. Please take the opportunity to see this wondrous spectacle, available for this season only.
[ Kenroku-en and Kanazawa Castle Park lit up with illuminations ]
The Fisherman’s Wharf in Kanazawa is where all the seafood caught in the waters of Ishikawa prefecture start their journey to the bellies of seafood lovers all around Japan. As soon as the catch of the day is unloaded, a hectic and exciting auction begins.
Before you can say “fish”, the seafood has found a new owner.
In this tour, you’ll experience the blazing heat of the auction and the bone freezing cold (-35°C!!!) of an enormous freezer, watch how the fishermen unload the haul of the day, and learn why Kanazawa’s seafood is ranked among the best and freshest in Japan from a local expert.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, finish off the tour with a scrumptious dinner featuring the freshest fish you will ever eat!
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Visit “Mitsuboshi Kaido” which feels like the authentic Japan, and make a postcard to commemorate your trip there!
You can send the postcard printed with the beautiful landscapes and your desired photograph for free to anywhere in the world from the five areas, Kanazawa, Gokayama (Naoto city), Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Matsumoto!
*You have to answer a simple survey
*One postcard is available for free for each person in every area
Geigis 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 Geigis have inherited the traditional performing arts.
Even if you want to meet a Geigi, 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 Geigis dance.
Kanazawa Geigi’s Traditional Performing Arts and Experience Hospitality in a Teahouse 2018
Watch a Geigi dance and taiko drum performance at an existing teahouse, and also experience playing party games. (*incleded traditional confectionary and tea)
In Kanazawa, the place with the most precipitation days per year in Japan, umbrella is a necessary thing. It’s being said “you can forget a lunch box, but never forget an umbrella”! Summer is sunny and hot days are continuing.
How about walking around the city during cool time period of a hot day in the morning or at night?
Jogging course around the spot recommended by the hotel staff.
Kanazawa has connections to tourist destinations of which Japan is proud. They are the World Heritage historic thatched roof villages Gokayama and Shirakawa-go, the old streets of Takayama, the Matsumoto castle which has been recorded as a national treasure and others.
This area where you can feel the unique history, culture and landscape of Japan is introduced as “The road of 3 stars: Hokuriku, Hida and Shinshu regions”.
Mitsubishi concierge is convenient for planning trips as your route is automatically displayed when you choose the place you want to visit.
The Hyakumangoku festival including various planned events during it, will be opened soon.
Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 2 when participants in historical costumes, such as Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain will march through the main streets to the castle.
Special tours will be available on that date.
This tour includes taking a walk on the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District and Kenrokuen Garden together with English interpreter and observing the parade from VIP seats in the Kanazawa Castle Park.
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival, the greatest festival of Kanazawa, commemorates the entry of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain, into Kanazawa Castle in 1583. Kanazawa will soon celebrate the 67th anniversary of the festival.
The festival this year is held for three days from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3. Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 2 when participants in historical costumes will march through the main streets to the castle.
There are various other interesting events as follow.
Kaga Yuzen Toro-Nagashi (Friday, 1st June)
Venue: Near the Asano-gawa ohashi bridge
To express our sincere gratitude to Asanogawa-river which we used for Kaga Yuzen manufacturing process and wishes for further prosperity of Kaga Yuzen, we will flow 1200 garden lanterns down to Asanogawa-river.
Hyakumangoku Parade (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Station, Tuzumi-mon Gate
We will celebrate the Opening Ceremony by dances and musical performance of drums and Kaga Tobi firefighters.
Time and date: 14:20 – 17:30
Venue: Kanazawa Station East gate square, Omicho martet, Kohrinbo, Kanazawa Castle Park
The parade divided by samurais will proceed to Kanazawa Castle together with brass band performing music and traditional dancing group performing Shishi-mai lion dance.
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park, San-no-maru Hiroba area
We will celebrate finale by performing courageous dance by Kaga Tobi firefighters and then actor dressed as Maeda Toshiie will enter Kanazawa Castle.
Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Between Minamicho and Katamachi, between Korinbo and Shinoki cultural complex (Hirosaka street)
Around 12,500 people dance on the downtown streets. Anyone can participate in this dance.
Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park
Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.