Kanazawa’s Worlds from Above and Below
Starting atop Utatsuyama, explore the good and bad history,
the vices and deities, as you make your way into the heart of Kanazawa

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.

Tour Information

  • Price
    2 persons: ¥84,000
    3 persons: ¥111,000
    4 persons: ¥138,000
    Please click this link to contact us if you're looking for the cost for a solo traveller or a group of five or more.
  • Start
    We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 10:00am.
  • Finish
    We’ll end the tour at 4:00pm at the Ohi Museum.
  • Included
    Private Car, Guide, Hotel Pick-Up, Restaurant Lunch, All Entrance Fees
  • Excluded
    Personal Purchases, Lunch Beverages, Return to Hotel
  • Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund or change of date (pending availability), please communicate by email to info@kanazawaadventures.com at least five days before the scheduled start of your tour. If we receive your cancellation request by email to info@kanazawaadventures.com between three and five days before your scheduled tour starts, we’ll refund 50% of your fee (or change your date, if possible). For all requests received less than 72 hours before the scheduled start time of your tour, no refunds or date changes will be issued. Date changes are one-time only and no refunds will be issued after one date change.

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