Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and the largest city in the Hokuriku region of Japan. Located by the sea, Kanazawa is popular with tourists and home to many attractions. Kanazawa began to gain development in the history from the beginning of the Shokuho period. Since then, Kanazawa has survived war destruction including the anti-shogunate movement and World War II. With its long history, there are still a large number of pre-war and even shogunate buildings in the city center, such as the Kanazawa Castle, Nagamachi Wuchia House, Dongchawu Street, and the historic garden Kenrokuen Garden. These attractions make Kanazawa an ideal place to get a feel for Japanese history and culture. After the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, it takes only two and a half hours to reach Kanazawa from Tokyo. For this reason, it’s a popular travel destination with Japanese people during the holidays.
January and February are the best times to experience the charm of Kanazawa in the snow. In the evening, special lanterns illuminate both the Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle at night, both of which are open for free in the evening. Early April is Kanazawa's cherry blossom season, which is about one week later than that of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. There are usually fewer people enjoying the cherry blossoms in Kanazawa when compared to other large cities, so it’s a good choice for visitors who are looking for an escape from the city. In September and October, the leaves turn red at Kenrokuen Garden.
There are many hotels in Kanazawa to choose from, including Japanese-style hotels, homestay, hot spring hotels, and youth hostels. Hotels are mainly concentrated in the area around Kanazawa Station, which is easily accessible, as well as in the areas of Korinbo and Kanke near the Nagamachi Samurai District. In addition, there are several homestays in the Higashichaya area where you can experience the traditional Japanese style. In the Yuwaku hot springs area in the suburbs, there are hot spring hotels in Kanazawa as well.