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Even though I left Nikko in the morning, it was past 4pm by the time I reached 饾棡饾棶饾椈饾棶饾槆饾棶饾槃饾棶. And maybe it was better that way, because a national marathon was just in its ending phase. 馃崄馃彲 Having little under an hour before checking into my capsule, I decided to go take a look at 饾棡饾棶饾椈饾棶饾槆饾棶饾槃饾棶 饾棖饾棶饾榾饾榿饾椆饾棽. After visiting a number of famous castles which were nothing more than a moat and some rubble, I was as excited as a 6 year old in a playground to actually find real castle buildings this time. The park is quite big, so factor in some 2 hours for a thorough visit. 馃崄 饾棡饾棽饾椈饾椏饾椉饾椄饾槀饾棽饾椈 is one of only 3 parks that fully represent the style of Japanese garden. It's a must visit while in Kanazawa. On the other hand, 饾棪饾棽饾椂饾榾饾椉饾椈饾椄饾棶饾椄饾槀 饾棭饾椂饾椆饾椆饾棶 (located in one corner of the park) is quite expensive for what it offers, so feel free to skip it (you can see more or less the same old Japanese house in many other locations at a fraction of the price, and there is very little English to guide you along). 馃搶 The 饾棖饾椀饾棶饾槅饾棶 饾棻饾椂饾榾饾榿饾椏饾椂饾棸饾榿饾榾 (neighbourhoods were the Geisha houses are located) reminded me nostalgically of Kyoto. Wooden machiya (merchant houses) line the winding streets, selling souvenirs and other traditional foods and wares. Feel free to choose any of them to visit, or go to all! Just note that in the evening they are a dark ghost town, a far cry from the romantic lights of Gion. 馃搶 Kanazawa is all about the seafood, so snack or feast at 饾棦饾椇饾椂饾棸饾椀饾椉 饾棤饾棶饾椏饾椄饾棽饾榿 (open from 9am). 馃搶 Take a trip back in time (?) strolling through the preserved samurai district of 饾棥饾棶饾棿饾棶饾椇饾棶饾棸饾椀饾椂. 馃搶 Visit 饾棤饾槅饾椉饾槀饾椏饾槅饾槀饾椃饾椂 to experience a real ninja temple (by reservation only). 馃崣 Sushi and kaisendon aplenty 馃崣 Soft-serve cone coated in gold leaf. Actually, you can probably get anything + gold leaf.

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Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

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