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JAPAN TRAVEL : A WALK TO REMEMBER AT KANAZAWA


Japanese architecture

My feet was still hurt when I reached Kanazawa after exploring and mesmerized with the beautiful nature view of  Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Routes the day before.

This doesn't stop me from exploring Kanazawa city on the next day. If Matsumoto is a city popular with Ninja and Samurai, here at Kanazawa popular with Geisha. They even have Geisha district here.

Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture , on Japan's central Honshu. It's also known for its well preserved Edo Period districts, art museums and regional handicrafts.

statue of a naked woman

Started my morning walking towards the famous market of Kanazawa, The Omi-cho market. This market was established about the middle of the 18th century. A MUST VISIT place if you at Kanazawa. Its operating hours start around 8:00am and end around 5:00pm. There are around 170 stores including sores sell the fresh fish and seafood caught from the Sea of Japan. I seriously go crazy greedy walking around this market. So much food to sample caught my eyes. WTH!

tempura

That tempura is super delicious! I bought one only for my lunch picnic at Kenrokuen Park. I should have bought more.! No point regret. I visited around 4pm thought of buying for dinner, the market has closed. isk isk isk..Even that melon was so sweet and fresh. huhuhuhuh should have bought more.

seafood

This one cannot eat la..so raw. I love sushi but not to this extend eating in the market without even boil it first. Haih!!! I wish I book a studio with kitchenette like in Busan last time. At least can buy this and have some mini steamboat.

seafood

So delicious! I bought this for my picnic. Love the hotate though! Big and super fresh too!

eel
I bought too much edi for my picnic and my bag was super heavy for me to walk around by now. Yeahhhh! that glutton woman bought so many food for lonesome picnic.

soy bean drink

Before start my long walk to Kenrokuen Garden, drink this super authentic soy bean. Boiled the way I want it to be without sugar and thick with the goodness of bean taste. 

Haihhhh! the weather was super hot too. Gosh! its nice to take photo with this weather but not that nice to walk. Freaking sun burn! I was sweating wet by the time reach the garden. Some more end up at the wrong entrance. isk isk isk ...have to walk further is it! Ommmaaaa!!! leg so tired!!!!

Kenrokuen Garden, begun in the 17th century and a famous for it strolling style landscape garden with characteristic of a typical landscape garden of the Edo period (1603-1868). You can't get enough of Kenrokuan garden landscape which has classic landscape designs incorporating ponds and streams. 


wall made of stacked rocks

Adjacent to this Kenrokuen Garden is Kanazawa Castle. See the way they stacked the rocks old fashion built by era. From rough to sleek design rock stacking up for foundation. It still remain strong and preserved until now!

river

I have my picnic on one of the bench under one of the cherry tree over look small stream.It was hot and windy at the same time.Not bad after all. Eating deliciously with the scene of crow bathing in front of me and the others eyeing to share my food.

Crow : Ark ark ark (give me food)
Me : GO AWAY!!! I also not enough...I bought one each only la.
My conversation with crow at Kenrokuen Garden went very well. hehehehe... like this also can hor?

Bottom right : Thats the statue of Prince Yamato Takeru.  

Japanese park

Top right : Gankobashi (Flying Wild Geese) Bridge
This bridge is made of eleven red tomuro stones(andesite) laid out look like wild geese flying formation. It also called 'tortoise shell' bridge because the shape of each stepping stones.

crane

There are many tea house around too. This place is really nice to have a stroll with so many beautiful pines trees, plum groves and beautiful lakes too. If you get lucky can see some wild bird walking around freely and eagles flying above manning the garden.

This garden is actually adjacent to Kanazawa Castle. By this point, my leg almost giving up. My heart was pushing hard to move on. I follow my heart instead! whatever pain , I will bear it later.


Geisha

It was a beautiful afternoon. I visited many palaces in China and Korea, the structured and design almost the same between this  countries. Beautiful carving and colors. Here in Japan I was greeted with less grand plain black and white structure.

girls lying on grass

So relax ar ...this two girls!

Japanese architecture

Top left :Castle store room. Eerie feeling as soon as I enter this place compound. I quickly move away to other place and then end up in small jungle which end up a place where they buried the people who fought for the country during that Maeda era. Gosh!!! seriously??? Scary feeling all over me. WTH!!! 

Bottom left : Hashizume mon Gate - this gate surrounded by stone walls and double fences.

Bottom right : The castle .

five finger socks

As usual when entering castle in Japan need to take off shoes and put it in plastic then carry it around. My five fingers sock bought from store at Asakusa for 300 JPY. Very comfy and not that expensive! A must buy things when in Japan.

Sigh...most ladders are so stiff up too. WTH!

inside a Japanese castle

I love the traditional wooden construction method used to build this castle. It really remain strong. I watched the video shown in the castle on the method of traditional construction. Really interesting! Don't miss this if you visit to Kanazawa Castle. I spend more time here.

watch tower

Bottom left : That the watch tower. See the small window for archerer and also stone dropping slots.
Bottom right : Thats how the structure remain strong.

soft serve ice cream with gold and silver topping

I thought of going to Geisha district but time is getting dark soon. So I end up heading back to hotel. On the way saw this place sells soft ice cream with gold and silver topping. So luxury huh!
Thought of trying this but I unable to take ice cream very well. I just ate green tea ice cream bought from vending machine near the castle moment ago. Second ice cream for the day???? Make me feel sick!

koi fish

Sun going down soon and its getting cold too.

empty street in Japan
Lovely evening view. I like this so much!

gas station


maple leaf on ground

There goes my day at Kanazawa. I need to wake up early the next morning to catch bus to small village of Shirakawa go.

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