"金沢 The Golden Swamp" Top 5 Page for this destination Kanazawa by Mr.Sparkle

Kanazawa Travel Guide: 139 reviews and 367 photos

The name Kanazawa (金沢) is broken into two kanji symbols, one meaning gold, 金, and the other swamp, 沢. Hence, golden swamp. I’ve made this place my home for the last three years. It’s been an incredible time of learning and growth in my life. The landscape is blessed with many fantastic sites as well all 4 seasons. The city itself is wedged between the Japanese alps and the sea of Japan. Generally, the area is free from most natural disasters, such as tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes. We do get the occasional typhoon though. Mostly they are pretty weak. The down side to Kanazawa is the miserable weather we get most of the year. Winter’s are not the best time to visit, that is if you’re planning to make it to this part of Japan. Most days are rainy or snowy between November and early March. Spring and Autumn are by far the best times to visit. Summer can be just as rainy as the Winter and really hot and humid.

For those who brave the weather and make the journey, there is certainly plenty to do in the area and lost of great places to eat.

Kanazawa was spared bombing during WWII, so the city and its surrounding retain some of its old world charm. Like many cities in Japan, Kanazawa is dubbed “Little Kyoto”, but Kanazawa actually deserves the title. Come and visit and I’m sure you’ll agree.

So, when’s the best time to visit Kanazawa????? Your best bet for an enjoyable visit is April-May or August-September. Both these periods are known for their clear weather and abundance of festivals.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots to do in a central area.
  • Cons:Really bad weather.
  • In a nutshell:A city that actually deserves the title “little Kyoto”
  • Intro Updated Feb 23, 2008
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  • Jan 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I'm going to be in Kanazawa in April - thanks for the tips!

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    Aug 29, 2008 at 7:31 AM

    a filipino bar in kanazawa? interesting! :)

  • Aug 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Good photographs! Interesting place.

  • dlandt's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    This actually sounds like a really great place to visit bnext time we are in Japan. How is it in December/January?

  • missmarianne's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    what about the bad weather?

  • chodearm's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    I will be repping in Kanazawa in like a month. I drink alot so I love the bar tips.

  • ntm2322's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 8:33 AM

    Since the day I came across your page, from your photos and tips I have learned a lot about Japan. Thank you for sharing with us all the beauty of your country.

  • adeeltahir's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    nice notes with great pictures. That's my first introduction with beautiful Kanazawa town.

  • kevarms's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    You are right, Kanazawa is a cool town...contender for my favourite city in Japan. We spent new years eve on a 5 hour karaoke epic. It was a blast.

  • Apr 17, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Hi. I like your new tips and the updated one in this page!! Good improvement. Hope your stars will be shining more.

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