Posts Tagged ‘ishikawa’

It was a rainy day, but we decided that we had to go to Kanazawa no matter what. We needed our shopping in Costco.

After 5 rounds of chocolate testing and 3 rounds of saying hello to clam chowder, we bought what we wanted and headed to the place I had been wanting to go: Myoryuji templein 1-2-12 Nomachi, Kanazawa, which is famous as Ninja Temple (Ninja dera). It’s not actually made for ninjas, but it’s full of tricks just like a ninja house. We went through the back gate as we walked along Nishi Chaya, a former geisha district, first.

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Nishi Chaya. There’s a writer’s museum you can visit for free, and this district is famous with its very delicious (yet very expensive) golden chocolate or something like that

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Myoryuji back gate

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Myoryuji front gate

Sorry taking pictures is not allowed inside the temple. It costs 800 yen to enter, please make a booking beforehand (click the link to the website above). Surprisingly the temple provided guide books in so many languages!

Then we proceed to Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History. I really love this museum because it costs only 300 yen but they provides audio guide in several languages for free. Here I could understand more about Japanese history, which impressed some of my Japanese friends because they didn’t even know some of it.

Bonus for me, it was raining and there were barely anyone but us, so I got to try a beautiful kimono (Japanese women clothing) worn by princesses in the old times. There are several other costumes people can try, BUT they suppose to be for children only. Glad that I knew that later after I took the kimono off.

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Became a Japanese princess. Photo by Suemasa Kyohei.

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My Loco Moco set

We had late lunch at Nanea Hawaiian cafe, where another friend works.

Here’s another recommendation for you if you love food:

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Dai Nana Gyoza no Mise (Dumpling Shop Number 7), 7-120 Onebu, Uchinada-cho, Kahoku-gun, Ishikawa-ken. Anyways it’s not exactly in Kanazawa but pretty close.

I love gyoza so much I ate 17 pieces of them. They have pan fried dumplings (yaki gyoza), deep friend dumplings (howaito gyoza), and steamed dumplings. Just point at the picture! 😛

May 2014

Bring a map and go around with JR loop bus 🙂

Higashi Chaya - a tea house district which has the oldest geisha house in Kanazawa

Higashi Chaya – a tea house district which has the oldest geisha house in Kanazawa

When I was in Higashi Chaya, I found a very interesting sushi wrapped in bamboo leaf (chimaki sushi) for lunch, then had soy sauce flavored ice cream with Notto bamboo charcoal wafers. It was random, so I hope you can find it too 🙂

Kanazawa Castle park store house - get the tour guide to explain about the secrets of this castle!

Kanazawa Castle park store house – get the tour guide to explain about the secrets of this castle for free!

the wall structure of Kanazawa castle

the wall structure of Kanazawa castle

Kenroku-en - one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

Kenroku-en – one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

Kenroku-en

Kenroku-en – signature place to take picture! 🙂

Kenroku-en - the very old trees that need support

Kenroku-en – the very old trees that need support

Kenroku-en - natural pressure fountain

Kenroku-en – natural pressure fountain

Nagamachi Samurai District

Nagamachi Samurai District

Nomura-ke Samurai House - the samurai harness

Nomura-ke Samurai House – the samurai harness

A samurai family's stable and servant house

A samurai family’s stable and servant house

Check also the ninja temple and the golden leaf factory.

Ramen! :)

Ramen! 🙂

Gyoza - my must eat dish in Japan

Gyoza – my must eat dish in Japan

Place to chill

Cafe Hope - Asahi machi 2-8-38 - www.hopehousekanazawa.com

Cafe Hope – Asahi machi 2-8-38 – http://www.hopehousekanazawa.com

Open during lunch time. Good and affordable meal set, nice service and friendly English speaking staff. Free wifi.