Kanazawa: the little pearl of Ishikawa

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Kanazawa: the little pearl of Ishikawa

The charming city of Kanazawa is mainly developed around three major attractions: the castle park, the Kenroku-en garden, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

The capital of Ishikawa Prefecture in the Japanese Alps, by the Sea of ​​Japan, Kanazawa is home to a huge park. Open all year, it provides a pleasant walk in the hills above the city. In its centre, a place marks the site of the old fortress where members of the Maeda clan lived from the 16th century, governors of the province of Kaga (currently the Ishikawa and Toyama regions).

Near the castle, on the heights of Kanazawa, the Japanese Kenroku-en garden is, by its size and beauty, one of the three most outstanding in Japan. With 11.4 hectares, it was created by the Maeda family, who maintained the garden generation after generation.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa—to whom we also owe the Louvre extension in Lens, France, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York—is definitely worth a look. Since opening in 2004, multitudes of neophytes and connoisseurs from around the world have come to wander about in this beautiful setting, which all at once placed Kanazawa on par with the great cultural metropolises.

Kanazawa Castle

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa
Préfecture d'Ishikawa 920-0937

+81 (0)7 6234 3800


1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa
Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0936

+81 (0)7 6234 3800


Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa
Ishikawa Prefecture 920-8509

+81 (0)7 6220 2800