go sightseeing

Tatemachi Street has many sightseeing spots in walking or biking distance.
Why not save on travel costs and enjoy Kanazawa on foot?

Within walking distance:

Kenrokuen Garden Park: 12 minutes

Beautiful anytime of the year, this ancient garden has seen many revisions since the Edo period and is a part of Kanazawa’s historical and cultural heritage. As one of Japan’s three great gardens, it’s popular for tourists the world over.

  • adults: ¥310, children: ¥100

I could spend hours there: side paths, tiny waterfalls and so many kinds of flowers. I went a second time in autumn and the maple trees were like fire. Gorgeous!

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art: 5 minutes

Built to mimic a bustling park in the city’s center, this museum encourages a “new culture” mindset among its artists and and visitors. Famous works such as “The Swimming Pool” and “The Man Who Measures the Clouds” are among its permanent collection.

  • adults: ¥1,700, children: ¥700

such a contrast from the world outside. a bit minimalist but great if you dig modern art. expect to pay to see some of the best stuff.

Nagamachi, the “Samurai District”: 10 minutes

Though it remains a residential neighborhood, Nagamachi was once home to the Kaga region’s samurai class, and many of their homes and the neighborhoods defenses have remained intact. See how different classes lived in the Edo period and enjoy the many gardens and museums in the area.

  • free; museum prices vary

Used a guide on a hunch. So glad I did! A lot of history here that isn’t obvious and Nomura’s garden was remarkable.

D.T. Suzuki Museum: 10 minutes

Come to know the thoughts and walk in the footsteps of Daisetsu Suzuki, arguably one of the most important men in Zen Buddhism for his personal contributions and translations of Zen works. The striking and meditative building set against nature echos his philosophies.

  • adults: ¥300, children: free

There’s a huge mediation space that’s free to enter, but the interior’s good too. Very serene. Good break from the world outside.

Katamachi, downtown Kanazawa: 6 minutes

Bustling Katamachi is the busiest spot in the Hokuriku area, packed with food and fashion. Well-established brands make this a popular shopping street for all ages, flavors run the world over from Japanese to Indian to Spanish and back again, and all varieties of drinking, host, and karaoke bars are open to patrons.

all nightlife and partying, but if you have a friend who knows where to go, it has the best bars in town. first karaoke experience was a blast!

Kohrinbo & Kohrinbo bus stop: 6 minutes

Ever busy but still less crowded than Katamachi is Kohrinbo, a fashion-focused shopping district with one of the best connected bus stops in the city. Just behind the main street is charming Seseragi Street with a number of smaller shops, restaurants, and cafes along an artificial stream.

Following the moat behind the mall was the best part, as it led us to several charming shops and cafes, with the sound of the water running alongside.

We recommend reaching the following by bicycle.
(A rental bike port is located 1 minute away from central Tatemachi.)

Nishichaya, the West Geisha District: 8 minutes

Smaller than the ever-crowded Higashichaya, Nishichaya retains the beauty of Edo period tea house architecture in a quieter atmosphere. Enjoy hot green tea or hot chocolate, hear geisha practice their music, or visit the free museum.

thought it was small untill I went in the shops. lots of tea and cafes and free museum with english speakers. nice to get photos without a tourist crowd!!

Myouryuji, the “Ninja Temple”: 5 minutes

Monikered for its many traps, pitfalls and secrets, this temple actually protected the ruling lord and his samurai army. Reservations required. Tours run 45 minutes.

  • adults: ¥1,000, children: ¥700

…no English spoken, and limited English text, but a lot of traps are self-explanatory. Reserve for a less crowded time, when possible.


KANAME HOSTEL is located on Tatemachi Street, which is the center of Kanazawa tourism. The hostel is a focal point for guests coming from all over the world to enjoy Kanazawa. It is set up like a dormitory, but guests can secure a relaxed, private space, and the hostel offers Wi-Fi. The hostel aims to be a place where you can “fully relax and fully enjoy yourself.”

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mattresses
    made by
    Simmons Co., Ltd.
  • Safety Box

The hostel provides a variety of other services as well.