Kanazawa sits on the nearly forgotten west coast of Japan, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa has a rich history and a strong bond with traditional Japanese culture, so it is no surprise that Kenryokuen, considered one of the three finest Japanese gardens, is in this city. Tsuzumimon, a huge gate built to resemble traditional Japanese drums sits at the entrance of Kanazawa JR train station, fusing the traditional and modern cultures that make up this city. Many tourists visit Kanazawa as part of a tour which includes UNESCO site Shirakawa-Go and the beautifully preserved Edo-era town of Takayama, also known as “Little Kyoto”.

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