One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Gardens Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from
Ruins of Castle Where Maeda Family of Kaga Clan Resided In 1583, Lord Maeda Toshiie, who was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's first retainer, moved to Kanazawa. The Maeda family resided in Kanazawa Castle and governed the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) for more than 280 years henceforth. The castle tower was burned down by a fire in the
Seisonkaku is a villa that the 13th lord of the Maeda family built for his mother in Kenrokuen Garden in 1863. Fine techniques in a wide variety are used for the inner pillars and walls of Seisonkaku. These techniques include a wooden panel with openwork carvings of flowers and birds and a coffered ceiling for the guest chamber called "Ekken-no-ma." From these, visitors will know the status
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as a new-style art museum different in image from conventional art museums was opened in October 2004. This art museum is round in shape as if it were the sight of a UFO that has touched down, all the walls are made of glass, and the building has five gates, which looks like a part opened in all
Noh (a major form of classic Japanese musical drama) of the Hosho School has been promoted among people in Kanazawa since the Edo period. Kaga Hosho, which is originated in Kanazawa, tells that Kanazawa is a prosperous ground of Noh Theater. The Kanazawa Noh Museum introduces the structure of Noh Theater with an actual stage reproducing Noh play. Besides, the
Traditional handicrafts in a wide variety have been inherited by Kanazawa, besides nationally famous traditional handicrafts, such as Kanazawa gold leaf, Kutani porcelain, and Kaga Yuzen. Kanazawa Crafts Hirosaka exhibits and sells rare traditional handicrafts and glass craftworks, such as Kaga incrustation works, Kaga fishing flies, Futamata's Japanese paper, Kaga-nui
Kaga Yuzen is characterized by its distinctive use of color and vivid patterns for kimonos. This hall introduces the manufacturing process of Kaga Yusen, a typical traditional craft of Kanazawa, and sells finished products as well. Artisans' coloring demonstration is performed, and the following experience menu (subject to reservation) is prepared as well.
Wakita Naotaka, vassal in the Kaga Clan, started designing and constructing the garden in the middle of the 17th century, and four generations carried on the landscaping of the garden. Naotaka was born in Korea and raised by the Maeda family in Japan by a twist of fate. There are a large number of plants in the garden, including a huge Korean pentaphylla pine that Naotaka and his
Traditional products of Ishikawa Prefecture, such as handicrafts, sweets, food, and local brands of sake (rice wine) from approximately 70 long-established stores, are exhibited and sold. An experience menu with the following items is also prepared.
The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art exhibits antique art objects, articles possessed by the Maeda family, Japanese paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, and modern handicrafts related to Ishikawa Prefecture. Traditional arts and crafts of artisans designated as Living National Treasures, a collection of Kutani porcelain works, and daimyo tools (feudal lord tools),
The Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture, was a part of the previous prefectural government building (constructed in 1924). The front side of the Shiinoki Cultural Complex maintains the original bricks, and the opposite side provides a modern space with glass windows. The facilities harmonized with two acorn trees (estimated to be 300 years old)
The Nakamura family, who has been running a brewery in Kanazawa, moved and modified their own residence here, exhibited and opened their collection to public. Later, the museum was donated to Kanazawa City. Centering on noted articles of Japanese tea ceremony arts, the museum exhibits calligraphic works, paintings, lacquer ware, and pottery. There are a number of two or more