Kanazawa‘s importance grew in the 15th century, when the powerful and militant Ikko sect established its new headquarters there after being chased out of Kyoto by the monks of Mont Hiei.
During the Edo Period, Kanazawa (金沢) served as the seat of the Maeda clan, the second most powerful clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).
In the Second World War, Kanazawa was Japan’s second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. As a result parts of the old castle town, such as samurai, temple and pleasure districts are in good condition.
Kenrokuen (兼六園) in Kanazawa is justifiably classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens” alongside Mito’s Kairakuen and Okayama‘s Korakuen.
In the evening explore the Geisha districts after dark, hear the tales of what actually went on in this district during the Edo period on our private evening tour. A private meeting with a Geisha, can also be organized.
Rates (group of up to six (6) guests)
- 1/2 day 4 hours Private Tour: JPY30,000
- 1 day 8 hours Private Tour: JPY45,000
- Evening 3 hours Private Tour: JPY30,000
- Full day + evening Private Tour: JPY65,000
- Meeting with a Geisha: Upon request
- + 6 guests, contact us for an estimate
Terms of payment
- 25% deposit paid upon booking
- Balance paid 35 days before departure
- Hotel or station pick up
- English speaking local guide
- Your guide’s transportation
- Food and drink costs – Please pay for the guide’s lunch
- Your transportation (~JPY4,000/day/pers.)
- Activity and entrance fee
- Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes
- This tour can also be done with private car
- In the unplanned event of using taxis instead of public transportation, extra fees may apply
- Remember that the price of the tour is the same for your entire group (from 1 up to 6 guests) – We don’t charge per person