Kanazawa is a port city with strong cultural identity, situated on the west coast of Honshu Island, to the south of Noto Peninsula. Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The city covers a total area of approx 467,77 km2 (180,61 ml2) and has population of around 462,500 people (2010 census).
- Kanazawa lies on the Sea of Japan. It is bordered by Hakusan National Park, Noto Peninsula National Park and the Japanese Alps.
- The name "Kanazawa" literally means "marsh of gold". It is said to derive from a legend of peasant Togoro Potato-digger (Imohori Togoro), who was digging for potatoes and flakes of gold washed up.
- The modern Kanazawa city was created on April 1, 1889. The city of Kanazawa has been developed as principal city of Hokuriku region.
- A large earthquake measuring 6.9 on Richter scale struck off the coast of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture on March 25, 2007 resulting in at least one death and more than 160 people injured though the city of Kanazawa wasn't shaken.
- Kanazawa was one of the several major Japanese settlements to be spared USAAF fire bombing during The Second World War. As a result, its considerable architectural heritage has been largely preserved.
- Kanazawa visitors will be able to explore the remains of walls, gates, and some buildings of Maeda family castle, who provided prosperity for 300 years from 16th century while much of Japan was unstable. Kenroku-en, former castle garden, is one of the "great three" gardens in Japan and excellent example of Japanese landscape gardening - it's a haven of tranquil ponds, winding streams, ancient trees and bridges lined with stone lanterns.
- Another must-see is the stone design and subtle beauty of Gyokusen-en Garden, built on two levels set against the steep slope and 300-year-old Omicho Market, a maze of jolly shops offering a wide array of seafood and produce. Kanazawa is the home of Kutani ware porcelain, fine lacquer and ancient silk industry - examples can be seen in Craft Museum's Silk Centre. Also worth seeing are Seisonkaku Villa, Nagamachi Samurai Quarter, the Higashi Pleasure District, the Art and Honda Museums.
- Kanazawa-haku is gold which is beaten into paper-like sheets. Gold leaf plays a major part in the cultural crafts of the city, to the extent that there is Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. Kanazawa produces 99% of the high-quality gold leaf of Japan. The gold leaf which covers the world-famous Golden Pavilion in Kyoto is Kanazawa's produce. Gold leaf is put even into food. The city is popular for tea with gold flakes, considered by the Japanese to be good for health and vitality.
Highlights: Maeda family castle, Kenroku-en Garden, Gyokusen-en Garden, Silk Centre
Port Kanazawa cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kanazawa, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|4 April, 2018|
|Silver Discoverer||08:00||19:00||Sado Island, Japan|
|24 April, 2018|
|Diamond Princess||07:00||15:00||Hakodate, Japan|
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