8. Omicho Market
Omicho Market has been in the center of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. In the market, there are large numbers of stores,including fish stores, vegetable stores, grocery stores, and so on.
In some fish stores, they offer a special sushi where you can taste fresh fish caught in the Sea of Japan. You may also find unique Kaga vegetables grown in the Hokuriku area.
Omicho Market is always very crowded, but you must visit.
Open: ~8am to ~6pm (depending on the store)
[caption id="attachment_23591" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Omi-Cho Ichiba (Omi-Cho Market), Kanazawa, Japan[/caption]
9. Myouryuji Temple(Ninja-dera temple)
There are many temples in Kanazawa and one of the temples is Myouryuji Temple. The Maeda family regarded those temples as shields from sudden attack of Tokugawa Shogunate. In Myouryuji temple, there were many tricks to escape from emergency attack and it still remains in its original shape. You can enjoy real ninja tricks in this temple.
In Teramachi, fascinating Myōryū-ji (aka Ninja-dera), completed in 1643, was designed to protect its Lord in case of attack. It contains hidden stairways, escape routes, secret chambers, concealed tunnels and trick doors. Contrary to popular belief, this ancient temple has nothing to do with ninja. Admission is by tour only (in Japanese with an English guidebook). You must phone for reservations (in English).
Open: 9am to 4:30pm Advance reservatin required. Call 076-241-0888.
Adult: 800 yen
Children: 600 yen
Children under preschool age are not admitted.
10. Sakuda Gold Leaf Company
Here you can observe the kinpaku (gold leaf) process and pick up all sorts of gilded souvenirs including pottery, lacquerware and, er… golf balls. They also serve tea containing flecks of gold leaf, reputedly good for rheumatism. Even the toilet walls are lined with gold and platinum.
If a flowering tree made of candy excites you, head to Murakami. At this handsome wagashi (Japanese candy) shop you’ll also find fukusamochi (red-bean paste and pounded rice in a crêpe) and kakiho (soybean flour rolled in black sesame seeds).
Favoured by Japanese celebrities, this riverside joint is as affable as its owner (who speaks some English). If you’re going to do it, you’re best to let him run the show – courses start at ¥2000, with the deluxe omakase at ¥8800.
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