ANCIENT AND MODERN JAPAN THROUGH THE STREETS OF KANAZAWA
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
Ancient Japan has survived in all its charm around every corner of this modern city, where enticing traditions and age-old rituals can be felt at every turn: at a vibrant market with its countless intriguing stalls selling fresh produce; at a beautiful garden where peace reigns supreme; and in the historical districts where the intrepid samurai and mysterious geisha resided. Our trip will also reveal the extraordinary nature of Japanese cuisine, which knows no bounds.
What we will see
- The traditional Omicho market with its bustling network of alleyways
- The spectacular Kenroku-en Japanese garden
- Visit to Nagamachi, the ancient samurai district
- Visit to Higashi Chaya, the tea room district
What we will do
- We start our excursion with a stop at Omicho market, which has been the largest fresh produce market in Kanazawa for over 280 years. We walk along the thick network of alleyways lined by around 170 shops and stalls mainly specialising in seafood and local products but where we can also find flowers, clothing, kitchenware and much more.Our next destination is the amazing Kenroku-en garden* which is considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan. It covers over 11 hectares and is a true feast for the eyes: we can stroll through a sublimely peaceful setting among gentle hills, streams, small wooden bridges, ancient trees and ponds arranged in perfect harmony.
- To top it all off, as soon as we start feeling peckish, we can enjoy a typical Japanese lunch from a set menu.
- Our tour continues with a visit to the Nagamachi district where the samurai used to live. This charming area, testimony to a bygone era, is crossed by cobbled alleyways lined by ochre mud walls hiding the ancient houses.
- We then visit the enchanting Higashi Chaya district where a maze of winding alleyways is dotted with tea houses called chaya, characteristic buildings where geisha danced, sang to entertain guests and played traditional Japanese instruments. Among the rows of historic houses, we jump back in time to take in the lively atmosphere that used to reign in the ancient districts.
What you need to know
- The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese yen beforehand.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable shoes are recommended.