1. You’ll be picked up by private car and guide at your hotel at 10:00am and make your way to Utatsuyama to get an unsurpassed view of Kanazawa and surroundings.
2. From persecution of serfs during the feudal era, as an enforced residential refugee camp for some Christians in the mid-19th century, as well as a literary, culinary, and artistic place known for inspiration and innovation, Utatsuyama has absorbed the shocks and watched over the successes of Kanazawa’s different incarnations.
3. Lunch awaits at Rokkakudo, one of Kanazawa’s extraordinary restaurants.
4. Walking down to Hosenji (also known as Gohonmatsu), you’ll explore this temple that was built as one of the four Kimon, temples to spiritually guard Kanazawa. Watch out for the spirits of the forest, who inhabit these hills.
5. Descending, you visit Utasu Shrine, the Shinto partner to Hosenji, built to guard the Kanazawa flank during the feudal era.
6. You wander next into Higashiyama and explore this area where the physical, artistic, and existential search for pleasure has defined the reason to live.
7. Crossing the Asano River, you explore the narrow streets of Kazue Machi, home to all the rhythms of feudal and modern Japanese life.
8. You next visit the Terashima Kurando home. Once a distinguished bureaucrat, he was banished in the early 19th century. After the 1868 change in government, Terashima’s reputation was rehabilitated and his progressive ideas were regarded as just and prescient. What he was thinking as he gazed at the mysterious red rock in his garden the final time?
9. Your tour finishes at the Ohi Museum at 4:00pm exploring the legacy and works of the Ohi family of potters, now headed by the 11th generation Chozaemon. You’ll end your tour with a bowl of macha in the ambiance of centuries-old Ohi ceramics.