Kanazawa Castle

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Japanese script: 金沢城
Area: Ishikawa
Address: [map]
Access: 1.9 km from Kanazawa Station Hokuriku Shinkansen
Admission: Adults: ¥310
Children: ¥100

Located on the highest point in Kanazawa between the Sai and Asano rivers, Kanazawa Castle was the base of the powerful Maeda clan who ruled over the Kaga domain (most of modern day Ishikawa Prefecture) for 13 generations and almost 300 years.

While some older structures remain (such as the Ishikawa Gate built in 1788) much of the rest was destroyed by fires which swept through in 1603, 1631, 1759 and again in 1881. The current towers and connecting hall was reconstructed using traditional carpentry techniques starting in the year 2001.

The castle is wheelchair accessible except for the yagura (towers) at each end which can be reached via perilously steep stairs.

The two turrets provide great views of the city and the mountain ranges to the east.

There is a joint ticket for the castle which also provides access to the neighboring Kenrokuen Garden for a ¥100 saving.