Kanazawa is a traditional city with arts and crafts
Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, and it has a population of about 500,000. Having avoided being bombed during World War II, it is called "Little Kyoto" as one of the cities that have been preserved the most since the Edo period up to the present. It was once difficult for tourists to visit Kanazawa because it is in a mountainous area of the Hokuriku region, but it has experienced a sudden rise in popularity since the Hokuriku Shinkansen was opened in 2015.
Kenroku Garden is one of the "Three Great Gardens of Japan". The tea house is the best spot to enjoy a magnificent view of the garden. Right across the road is Kanazawa Castle Park. In the spacious park, there is an impressive gate and stone ruins. Inside the reconstructed castle walls, you can learn about history and architecture from long ago.
Kanazawa was added to UNESCO's Creative Cities Network in June 2009 and has been designated a City of Crafts and Folk Arts. Various traditional crafts that were born in Kanazawa have been handed down. At the local studios and shops, they provide a variety of things you can try out yourself. How about you challenge yourself to make something original?
At the Omicho Fish Market, in addition to stalls selling locally caught seafood, they have also assembled a large amount of fruits, vegetables, and other Japanese ingredients. There are also many restaurants in the market, and you can sample some of the food that is for sale. It is not as crowded as reclaimed land in Tokyo, so this is a good, out of the way spot.