1. A private car and guide will pick you up at your hotel or we will meet you directly at Kanazawa Station under the Tsuzumi Gate at 10:00am. Please let us know your preference. The design, based on a traditional Noh drum, seamlessly merges into the Motenashi Dome, welcoming visitors and sheltering them from sun, rain, and snow.
2. Next, your car will take you to Bukeyashiki, the feudal residential area for samurai. We’ll look at different homes and gardens; feel the spirit of the warrior age.
3. In the heart of this neighborhood, you’ll explore the Kanazawa Seirei Church. Built in 1931, a Swiss architect parlayed his Christian, Romanesque, and Japan design experiences into the interior and exterior of this unique church. We’ll spend some time examining this space of contemplation and mélange of architectural heritages.
4. It’s time for lunch. We’ll whisk you to one of Kanazawa’s finest restaurants, Seigetsu, for a memorable meal.
5. Oyama Shrine, specifically the Western Gate to the Shrine, is another Japanese-Western hybrid. Can you imagine being commissioned by the new Meiji government, having been a loyal retainer to the Maeda family, to come up with a modern gate at a temple?
6. You’ll make your way to Kanazawa Castle and explore the granite walls. How did these rocks get here? What do the markings mean? If walls could talk…..
7. Your final stop is Seisonkaku. Built in 1863 by the 13th Maeda Lord for his mum, five years from the demise of the Shogunate. The exquisite features and serenity created by the ambiance of the building and gardens belie the underlying currents of change swirling in Japan at this time.
8. This tour ends in the centre of downtown Kanazawa at 3:30pm.