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Amongst the places I visited during this trip, Takayama and Gokayama grabbed most of my attention for its peaceful environs. Yet on thinking back, Kanazawa posseses many little memorable stuff that slowly grows on you as you reminisce - the peaceful walk through the Higashi and Nishi chaya district with its old geisha houses and gold leaf shops; delectable dessert in the downtown shopping area; ancient samurai district hidden right behind the modern street selling the aforementioned delectable dessert; the quirky Myoryuji (ninja-dera) and even the shopping arcade near the train station.

Very much alike Kyoto, the modern facade of the city disguises remnants of old Japan. It's not difficult to turn the corner and find yourself wandering down narrow streets lined with old teahouses or temples, something you would not have expected as the cars zoom past behind you on the main roads.

Although downtown traffic can be pretty chaotic, you can easily find quiet solitude at the streets a short walk away from the main road. This is especially so for the Teramachi samurai district.

Kenrokuen is highly lauded as one of the best gardens in Japan - I can't exactly figure out why but the sprawling grounds also make for a peaceful stroll. Enjoying green tea and a small snack at the teahouse seems somewhat kitsch but makes for a good rest.

So that's Kanazawa for you - a mix of new and old, past and present. It really reminds me very much of Kyoto.

  • Last visit to Kanazawa: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2007
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