About Kanazawa City
Kanazawa, the biggest city in the Hokuriku
region has a population of 450,000, and is a castle town that was ruled
over by the Maeda family for three centuries after the first lord
Toshiie Maeda entered Kanazawa Castle in 1583.
of its special products like rice, sake, sweets, etc was due to its
temperate and rainy climate with heavy snow in winter.
is surrounded by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto
Peninsula National Park. Two rivers run through the city; the Sai is
said to be a lively masculine river and the Asano to be a sweet,
feminine river. Such a natural background of great beauty gives the city
a relaxed feeling.
Since the Kaga Clan invited many artists and
craftsmen to this area, it achieved a high level of craftsmanship that
continues to flourish to this day.
Colorful KUTANI POTTERY,
earthy OHI POTTERY, elegant KANAZAWA LACQUERWARE, glittering KANAZAWA
GOLD LEAF, unique-to-Kanazawa
PAULOWNIA CRAFT, specially
hand-painted KAGA-YUZEN SILK, KAGA ZOGAN, KAGA EMBROIDERY, KAGA FISHING
FLIES, MIZUHIKI, and KANAZAWA BUDDHIST ALTARS.
that gave birth to these traditions stand tranquilly and blend in with
the modern atmosphere in Kanazawa to create a charming ancient castle
History of Kanazawa
The name Kanazawa is derived
from the following story: A peasant named Imohori Togoro made his living
digging potatoes. He washed gold dust from the potatoes into a well, now
called Kinjo Reitaku, so the area was named anazawa, meaning 'marsh of
About 500 years ago the Ikko sect of Buddhism set up a
religious government with its center at the Kanazawa Gobo temple, which
later became the site of Kanazawa Castle.
The temple was
destroyed by an army led by Oda Nobunaga in 1580.
Maeda Toshiie, one
of his retainers, entered into Kanazawa in 1583, built a castle in its
stead and ruled the district as the lord possessing the largest fief in
Japan. He is known for
producing a million koku of rice annually (one
koku equals five bushels). The Maeda lords especially fostered arts and
crafts, and Kanazawa became a cultural center like Tokyo (then known as
Edo) and Kyoto.
After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 Kanazawa became
the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, and has flourished as the hub of
political, economic, educational, and cultural activities in the
It is next to the Kanazawa JR Station.
Click to view Accesss map of the Ishikawa
Getting to Kanazawa
Access to the Site, Map of Hotels