Kanazawa flourished as a castle town led by the Maeda clan for nearly 300 years. The old samurai residences still remain in the city’s Chaya district, extending out near the Asano and Sai rivers. Visitors to the area are likely to encounter kimono-clad geisha and hear shamisen melodies drifting through the windows of teahouses. Don't miss trying some of the spectacular local cuisine, often served in dishes of graceful Kutani porcelain. The sushi is some of the best in Japan.
Walking along this cobbled street, charming tea shops flank the tourist on both sides. The air seems steeped with the lingering flavors of the Edo Era.
Remaining in the Naga-machi district is a compound for Kaga feudal retainers that housed middle- to higher-ranking samurai, and that aura comes through to the present. As you walk along the mud walls and cobbled pathways of the district, you almost seem to slip back in time to the Edo Era.
Considered one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, Kenrokuen provides beautiful offerings whatever the season, from plum gardens in spring to winter snowscapes.
Tokyo has something for everyone and is the center of nearly everything Japanese, be it politics, business, or culture.
Kyoto was Japan’s capital for 1,000 years. Among its World Cultural Heritage shrines and temples and charming alleyways, Kyoto reminds visitors of Japan’s halcyon days.