Often overlooked, Kanazawa is a real travel gem for those who want to avoid heavy tourist cities in Japan like Kyoto. Kanazawa is in fact, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. So by its own right, the city holds a strong political as well as historical importance. According to history, there was even a time that Kanazawa rivaled Kyoto in terms of cultural achievements. Of course if you have the time, you can easily see both Kanazawa and Kyoto and do your own comparison. This is very much possible as Kanazawa is well connected by a fast and reliable train service.
Often described as ‘little Kyoto’, Kanazawa can easily be seen in a day or two. It is perfect for a short getaway as it is small and compact, with most attractions being a convenient distance from one another.
Another great thing about Kanazawa is that some of its major sites can be seen for free. Yes that’s right. If you’re budget has been taken up by spending it in more expensive Kyoto, Kanazawa’s rich history and culture can be experienced without spending anything extra aside from transportation.
Here are the top 3 sites in Kanazawa that we enjoyed for free:
1. Kanazawa Castle