Friday, November 18, 2016

# Travel ♪ Take a trip to the past of the Golden Town, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture! ~ Day 2 ~

Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture
Preserved Japanese history and traditions

Can you still recall the Golden Town Kanazawa from our earlier sharing? Let us refresh your memory here again!

Kanazawa is located in the central part of Japan in Ishikawa Prefecture. There are many unique landscapes and sightseeing spots for you to visit, for example the traditional streets or the coffee shops there. Kanazawa is also selected by UNESCO as a City of Craft and Folk Art. Therefore, all kinds of traditional handcraft can be found here.

Alright, let's begin our Kanazawa trip (Day 2) now!!

Car Rental with Nissan Rent-a-Car, in Kanazawa

The rental car we choose today is the NISSAN SERENA. This famous series has always adhered to being spacious, flexible and comfortable!

It is very convenient for travelers drive a car in Japan indeed. Just input the map code and the GPS system will take you to your destination.

Komatsu Airport Outlet
Address: 164-1 Ha, Ukiyanagimachi, Komatsu, Ishikawa 923-0993 Japan
Tel.: 0761-24-4123
Regular Hours: 8:30 - 19:00
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Best Photo Spot In Kanazawa!!
Chiri Beach Driveway - (千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ Chiri Hama Nagisa Driveway)

Car Rental Trip in the Golden Town, Kanazawa - Day 2

Myojo Temple - (妙成寺 Myojo-ji)
Ohmicho Market - (近江町市場 Ohmi-cho shijou)
Kanazawa Station (金沢駅)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa (21世紀美術館 21Seiki Bijutsukan)
Oden Akadama (赤玉本店)
The End of Car Rental Trip in Kanazawa

Power Spot in Kanazawa - Myojo Temple - (妙成寺)

This temple was built in 1294, and there are 10 important Japanese cultural assets can be found! It is also said that you can get good luck if you pay a visit there!

It is called one of the greatest construction of the early Edo period because the structure is really strong and it can resist earthquakes.  It is a 5-story tower in the picture above.

Make a wish to the 5-story tower!!

Myojo Temple
Address: Takidani-machi, Hakui-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Tel.: 0767-27-1226
Map Code: 135423164*63
Opening Hours:
08:00 - 17:00 (April to October)
08:00 - 16:30 (November to March)
500 yen for High school students and above
300 yen for Elementary students and above
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Kanazawa's Kitchen - Ohmicho Market - (近江町市場)

From groceries to raw fish, fruits, meat etc can all be found here. There are even restaurants where you can enjoy dishes made with fresh ingredients!

Reasons that you should go to visit Ohmicho Market

01. Experience the atmosphere of Japanese local market

Wanna know what a Japanese life is like? Visiting local market is a good way to experience that for sure!

02. Easy access even for visitors

From Ohmicho Market, just take a 15-minute walk, you can reach Kanazawa's famous sightseeing spots like Kenroku Garden (兼六園 ), Higashiyama (東山), and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa (21世紀美術館).

03. Delicious food made of fresh seasonal ingredients

There are many different kinds of restaurants in the market, from sushi to seafood bowl rice, or deep fried mashed potato (コロッケ, korokke), you must be able to find something that you like! A kind reminder for you, remember to check the opening hour of the shop that you will visit before you go.

Ohmicho Market - (近江町市場)
Address: 50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Tel.: 076-231-1462
Map Code: 41559153*54
Homepage (Japanese):
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Gourmet Shops in Kanazawa - Sushi on Shinkansen!

Morimori Sushi Ohmicho Shop (もりもり寿し近江町店)

Among the restaurants in Ohmicho Market, we suggest you to try this famous sushi restaurant because sushi is brought to you by the shinkansen trains just like in the picture!

Both counter seats and table seats are available; however, shinkansen trains only provides their service to the table seats! Remember to press the red button at the bottom to send it back to the kitchen!!

Just take a closer look at the shinkansen train! Isn't it the new shinkansen that goes from Tokyo to Kanazawa? That's very cool!

So what about the taste of the sushi?

All fish and seafood are caught in the Nanden Peninsula! Freshness is guaranteed! By the way, there is one fish we really want to share with you. It is "Blackthroat Seaperch" (のどぐろオ) which is also called the king of fish in Kanazawa. It is not easy to find in Kanto area, so please remember to try it in Kanazawa!

Don't forget the crab and miso soup in winter too!

Morimori Sushi Ohmicho Shop (もりもり寿し近江町店)
Address: Ichiba-kan, Ohmicho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Tel.: 076-262-7477
Map Code: 41559181*16
Opening Hours: 07:00-17:00
Homepage (Japanese):
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One of the world's most beautiful train stations - Kanazawa Station

Selected by America's famous travel magazine, Travel & Leisure, as one the world's most beautiful train stations, how can you not come here to take some pictures!

01. Tsuzumimon - Drum Gate in front of Kanazawa station

Just at the east exit of the station, you can find this specially designed "Drum Gate"(鼓門, Tsuzumimon). The wooden gate is inspired by Japanese traditional drums.

02. Motenashi Dome - Umbrella look-alike glass dome

It is said that 3019 pieces of glass were used to build this glass dome which covers the entrance of the station. It is called "Motenashi" which has a meaning of "Kanazawa welcomes all visitors".

03. Traditional arts and crafts can be found everywhere

Traditional Ishikawa Prefecture's decorations and designed can be found through out the station and even on the platform!

04. Best shopping facilities in Kanazawa

Actually Kanazawa station is a famous place for shopping and restaurants in Kanazawa. How about getting some Japanese souvenirs for you family and friends?

So you know the reasons why Kanazawa station is a must-visit spot for tourists now!

Kanazawa Station
Address: 1-1 Kinoshinbo-machi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Map Code: 41558876*44
Homepage (Japanese):

Experience the art and nature - 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (21世紀美術館)

Just 15-minute drive from the Kanazawa Station, you can reach this famous museum.

The pool-like artwork is one of the famous piece at the museum. Why? I will let you find out by yourself!

Please note that photo taking is not allowed in most areas inside the museum; however, it is allowed for some of the outdoor displays.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 
Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Tel.: 076-220-2800
Map Code: 41499850*50
Opening Hours:
10:00 - 18:00 Exhibition Zone
09:00 - 22:00 (closes at 20:00 on Fri and Sat) Public Zone
Closed every Monday (If Monday is a holiday, it will be closed on the following weekday)
Admission: Free (except the special exhibitions)
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Oden Izakaya - Akadama Honten (赤玉本店)

It is very interesting that you can find oden in many izakaya in Kanazawa! Opened in 1927, Akadama Honten is one of the most famous oden restaurants in Kanazawa.

Especially in winter, what can be better than having a bowl of hot dish and soup to warm up your body.

Oden Akadama
Address: 2-21-2 Katamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Tel.: 076-223-3330
Map Code: 41498706*30
Opening Hours:
1F: 12:00-24:00 (From 12:30, Sat, Sun, Holiday) (Close at 23:30 Sun and Holiday)
2F: 17:00-23:30 (Close at 22:30 Sun and Holiday)
Homepage (Japanese):
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A city decorated with gold foil

The second day of our car rental trip in Kanazawa comes to the end here. Hope that you are able to know more about this Golden Town and get some tips for travelling here!

If you are interested in reading more about Kanazawa, you can also check out our other sharing:

# Travel ♪ Take a trip to the past of the Golden Town, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture! ~ Day 1 ~

# Travel ♪ A Walk In The Golden Town - Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture! Presented to you by CANMAKE Cosmetics

# Beauty ♪ Transform into a Golden Beauty with CANMAKE Cosmetics! A golden makeup that may bring you fortunes!! ~Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture~

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