I traveled to Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) and Gokayama (Toyama Prefecture) for three days and two nights. This was my first visit to Hokuriku District and I felt unique atmosphere there. In this article, I will write about Kanazawa Castle Park as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Kanazawa Station, Omi-cho Market and Oyama Jinja Shrine
* Day 1 (2) Buke Yashiki District, 21st Century Museum and D.T. Suzuki Museum
* Day 1 (3) Kanazawa Castle Park and Kanazawa Station (Illumination)
* Day 2 (1) Kenrokuen Garden
* Day 2 (2) Kanazawa Castle Park [This article]
* Day 2 (3) Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District
* Day 2 (4) Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District (Light-up)
* Day 3 (1) Gokayama: Suganuma Gassho-zukuri Village
* Day 3 (2) Gokayama: Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village
* Day 3 (3) Kanazawa Station
It was the second day in the afternoon. After Kenrokuen Garden, I moved to Kanazawa Castle Park. Since these two places were adjacent to each other, I visited them over lunch.
What is Kanazawa Castle Park?
I mentioned in the article of the first day evening, but I will introduce Kanazawa Castle Park again. Kanazawa Castle Park is a city park where there used to be Kanazawa Castle. Although most of the buildings of Kanazawa Castle were destroyed by fire, they have been restored.
I entered into Kanazawa Castle Park from Ishikawa-mon gate.
Ishikawa-mon gate was restored in 1788 and is designated as a nationally important cultural property.
Ni-no-maru square and San-no-maru square
After I passed Ishikawa-mon gate, there was San-no-maru square. Incidentally, a marathon event was held.
Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura, which were reconstructed in 2001.
When I turned back, I saw Ishikawa-mon gate over there.
Moved to Ni-no-maru square.
View of Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura from Ni-no-maru square.
I just happened to see a local mascot.
Then, I visited Gyokusen’inmaru Garden.
I revisited it after I came here on the first day evening for the light-up.
Some places were prohibited from entering during the light-up, but now allowed during the day. Here were photos of such spots.
The final shot at the garden.
After I left Gyokusen’inmaru Garden, I moved to Sanjukken Nagaya.
Sanjukken Nagaya was constructed in 1858 and is designated as a nationally important cultural property.
Visitors were able to enter into the building.
View of Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura from near Sanjukken Nagaya.
Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura
Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura, again.
Although extra fee was required, visitors were allowed to enter into the building and I did.
In the building.
View from the building.
The final shot of Hishi Yagura, Gojukken Nagaya and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura.
Now I watched most of the tourist spots in the park. Then, I passed Kahoku-mon gate.
When I tried to move to Ote-mon gate to leave the park through Shin-maru square, I found the square was full of participants for the marathon event.
That’s it for the article about Kanazawa Castle Park as part of Day 2. I visited the park twice during both the evening and the day and found different atmosphere there. So, I would recommend visitors visit the park at both the day and the evening, if possible 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District.