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Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa April 22nd 2023

2023_Blog 27_Japan April 16 Port of Call: Kanazawa, Japan - 55°F/13°C – Light rain in morning, sunny in afternoon – Wind: 25 mph Overnight we sailed up the western coast of Japan and into Kanazawa harbour this morning under a rainbow. What a pleasant sight but it does beg the question: Are we actually going to luck out and not get soaked again? Our excursion destinations today were to the Kenrokuen Gardens and Omicho Market. The gardens are reported to be one of the top three in Japan and are a masterfully designed landscape. There are many winding paths, ponds, streams, towering pines and flowering bushes. After a leisurely wonder through the grounds, we crossed over the highway to the nearby Kanazawa Castle Park. The castle suffered the fate of so many of its kind and ... read more
Kenrokuen Gardens - carp looking for handouts.
Kenrokuen Gardens - a splash of color.
Kenrokuen Gardens - capturing blossoms.

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa April 21st 2023

2023_Blog 26_Japan April 15 Port of Call: At Sea – Weather: Sun first thing then fog all day until late afternoon – 59°F/15°C – Wind: very light hence the fog. Woke up to an unpleasant surprise fog. The ship was enveloped in a fog bank for most of the day with the foghorn sounding at the prescribe interval. Didn’t do much all day so took some interior shots of this floating art gallery.... read more
Westerdam - clay pipes_2.
Westerdam - gods & goddesses.
Westerdam - metal model ship on Lido Deck .

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa August 28th 2019

In the height of summer Honshu, Japan's central island, is hot and humid. So think of us traipsing from station to hotel and to wonderful sites and activities in Kanagawa and beyond in at least 36 degreee heat with 80% humidity in glorious full sunshine. At night it dropped to 30 degrees but humidity often increased. I note that when in Adelaide I refrain from outside activities when the temperature reaches 34 or 35. To adventure means to have fun, but also to be fit, eat salt lollies and keep hydrated and only stop for typhoons! Why did we head north in weather like this? Well, Jacinta asked our friends what activities they would like to do in Japan during their stay. She cobbled together our itinerary from their list and where we could find accommodation ... read more
It rained just before we got there so its GREEN
makes my mind feel its a big garden
are you a philistine?

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa May 12th 2019

SC writes....We’re back in Japan. Last time we didn’t blog, but we’ll put that right this time. We arrived yesterday after a trouble free and notably smooth BA flight. We picked up our 3 week Japan Rail Pass (going mad with a “green car” or first class ticket) and hit the tracks. Four hours and 486kms later we were in Kanazawa in time for supper and our first Onzen - wonderfully relaxing. The weather was very good - a great start and augered well... (Cj writes) Although we’ve been to Kenrokuen before, there was much to enjoy on this second visit. The name means “combine” (ken) “six” (roku) “garden” (en): it combines the three classic balanced pairs of attributes that are regarded as essential to a great landscape garden - spaciousness and seclusion, artifice and antiquity, ... read more
Kenro 2
Giant pine.
Babbling brooks.

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa October 27th 2018

Day 7 First, I need to clear something up. One of the readers of my travel blog pointed out that I had a "tone," which I didn't know I had. He or she read the previous posts, and concluded that I'm not really that happy in Japan. That would be very wrong and so I'm adding another picture, one taken at the Golden Temple, you remember, where the crowds of school children had my fight or flee instinct engaged. That place. Well, I wasn't as miserable as I might have sounded. I'm having a great time. Now on to Day 7. This was a travel day with a trip to the train station and a two-hour train ride. But we are old hats now and breezed through the process. Taking our seats in our not high-speed ... read more
Italian Menu
Gary at Olefson.

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa May 17th 2018

We’ve just about run out of clean clothes, so we put some dirty shirts and pants in a bag and send them off to the hotel laundry. This costs us a small fortune. They come back individually gift wrapped in cellophane, and they’ve also been ironed. Most of my shirts have never experienced ironing before. I think that all hotels should offer a cut price laundry service where you pay by the kilogram, and you give them a bagful of dirty clothes, they chuck them in a washing machine, and they then come back to you in the same bag, only now hopefully slightly less dirty. I’m too stingy to get the hotel to wash our socks and undies, so we wash these ourselves in the hand basin, and then hang them up to dry. We ... read more
Gate, Kanazawa Station
Garden, Nomura Samurai House
Garden, Nomura Samurai House

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa May 16th 2018

We set off to explore Kanazawa Castle. We read that it was built in the late sixteenth century and was the home of the local shogunate ruler until the start of the Meiji Period in 1868. It seems that it has been burnt down and rebuilt about half a dozen times, including in the Great Kanazawa Fire of 1759. Most of the current buildings are a modern reconstruction of what the castle would have looked like in the 1850s. The exteriors of all the buildings are mainly stone, but the interiors are all wood, so it’s not too surprising that they seem to have had a lot of trouble with fires here over the years. The towers above the outer gates all have small openings in them, and one of the guides takes great pleasure in ... read more
Kanazawa Castle
Kanazawa Castle ga
Kenrokuen Gardens

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa May 15th 2018

Today we have a day of travelling to the town of Kanazawa, which is on the north coast of Honshu about 400 kilometres north of Tokyo. You can set the second hand on your watch by the public transport here. We get on the bus and it leaves within a second of the clock ticking over to the scheduled departure time, and the same happens with the bullet trains. As we stand on the station platform, we watch as a bullet train comes hurtling through. "Watch" is probably too strong a word. If you blinked you’d miss it. It is going ridiculously fast. If a bullet train isn’t stopping at station, it looks like they make sure that no one is on that particular platform as it goes flying past. We suspect that this is to ... read more
Kanazawa Castle
Kanazawa Castle
Gate, Kanazawa Castle

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa April 10th 2018

The characters of Japan’s colourful history are larger than life, heros and villains, builders and destroyers, hard working people along with the elite and military classes. Understanding just a little has added a lot of richness to the sights we’ve seen. A shogun was the military dictator in Japan from about 1185 onward - akin to a generalissimo. The last 250 years of the shoguns time in power began in 1600 when a general named Tokugawa seized power and established his government in Edo (now Tokyo)....thus began the Edo Period, which seems to be a superstar period as least as far as the towns and historical sights we’ve visited so far. Or perhaps its just the period recent enough to have some artifacts and buildings left standing. The Edo Period had the hallmarks of economic growth, ... read more
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Gate
Kanazawa Castle Restorations

Asia » Japan » Ishikawa » Kanazawa March 6th 2018

We arrived in Kanazawa in the morning and took the bus to our guesthouse, where we left our bags before going for a walk. We went inside the 21st century museum, a modern art museum, where we didn't spend much time. I have to admit we don't really like (nor understand) modern art. One piece consisted of several screens displaying videos of an octopus and sounds of a cow, and there was a yellow t-shirt hanging above the screens... There were also long legs everywhere, with a plug going out of the shoe, and a fake swimming pool from where we could see people on the lower level. We then walked to the Kenrokuen park, which was beautiful. It was a warm and sunny day and we really enjoyed walking around. Kanazawa is known for the ... read more
Kenrokuen Gardens
View from the gardens

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