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Kanazawa (Hokuriku Area)

Kanazawa, also known as little Kyoto. Full in history and located near the Coast of the Japan Sea. The people of Kanazawa are very refnined and will show you another angle of hospitality. Some of the freshest seafood imaginable, and if you want a total package, you may like to stay a night in central Kanazawa and then a night in the Kagaonsen Hot Springs area which is only 25 minutes away by train.

From the sheer cliffs and diversified rocks along the picturesque coastline seen from Wakasa Bay, Echizen-misaki Point, Tojinbo and Noto-hanto Peninsula, to the mountainous scenery including the World Cultural Heritage Shirakawa-go Village and Kurobe Gorge, the Hokuriku region offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan. The Samurai culture of the Edo Period (1603-1867) flourished in Kanazawa which became a "Little Kyoto".  You can walk these same streets just as the Samurai and Geisha did at the Higahsichayagai.

It is a home to artistic craft products that rival those of Kyoto for their beauty and refinement, and is also known for some of Japan's most famous Zen temples.

Kanazawa also is home to one of the three most beautiful Japanese Gardens (Kenrokuen) in Japan, and the most easily accessed. A garden that really narrates the seasons.

The Kutani brand of ceramic brands is one of the most known through Japan, especially as it only uses the 7 primary colors. It is very easy to have a factory tour of an operating Kiln if you are an artist, collector or a traveler. Kanazawa also boasts the highest production of Gold Flake leaves.

Being on the Sea Of Japan Coast, seafood in this area, especially Crab is very popular with Japanese tourists, so when in Hokuriku area, please do as the Japanese do. A visit to the Oumicho Markets is a must while in Kanazawa.

Only some 40 km (25 minutes by train), Kanazawa is the home to the Kaga-Onsen or Hot Springs village. Not as well known to Overseas Visitors, this area may offer you the relaxation that you are searching for.  Kanazawa offers a lot more than meets the eye, and that is usually mentioned in guide books.

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Scott and his team provided us with a wonderful trip. From the first contact with Scott, he was very responsive to any questions we had. His itinerary was detiled even as to what track our train would depart from, which was quite helpful for a group that has never been to Japan. Scott and Kno (I apologize for the incorrect spelling) were gracious to lead us in a bike tour in Kyoto. We met other tourists from The States, that did a similar tour (Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima and Kyoto), but did not experience the culture as we did because Scott made sure that our itinerary was personalized and included such experiences as staying at a ryokan in Hakone, and a lovely lunch on the river and many other experiences that others did not have. The most enjoyable and memorable parts of the tour WAS THE entire experience!!! If we came again, we might have extended our stay at the ryokan.... READ MORE

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