from Takayama City to Kanazawa City by Bus - 135 min.
Higashi-Chaya Teahouse District
Near the Asanogawa river, this area shows the picturesque atmosphere of the wooden lattice fronts of old geisha houses and restaurants. One can still hear the sounds of Shamisen strings and Taiko drum from teahouses echoing through the streets. In this area, there are some teahouses that were constructed 200 years ago.
Kenrokuen is one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Kenrokuen started to be built since 1676, and it took about 170 years to finish. One can enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the four seasons such as Cherry blossoms, Iris fields, autumn foliage and Yukitsuri.
D. T. Suzuki Museum
This museum offers a place to learn about the thoughts and ideas of Daisetz Suzuki, who shared Zen Buddhism with the world. A contemplative space is also available for visitors. The museum was designed by world-class architect Yoshio Taniguchi, providing water features and stone walls to explore, for a distinctively "Kanazawa" feel.
Kanazawa 21st century museum of contemporary art
This museum focuses on the Contemporary Art. It's located in the center of the City and thus can be easily reached. It's a museum resembling a park where one comes across all kinds of people and can have a variety of experiences.
Circular in form, the Museum has a diameter of 113m with the glass peripherals. People can walk through freely all sections of their choice.
Nagamachi Samurai Houses
The atmosphere of Kanazawa of the feudal times still lingers in this area where old samurai houses lined the streets. One can definitely imagine how the town was like from the different structures, such as the houses with samurai windows, and the mud walls under the yellow wooden roofs. The Nomura Samurai Family Residence is open to the public so visitors can get a feel of Samurai's daily lives.