Special 1-Time Kanazawa Adventures Tour Event on January 26, 2020
Tour a 17th century garden with a Professor of Landscape Architecture;
Enter the sanctuary of Oyama Shrine and learn about its unique spiritual traditions;
Experience the centuries-old Samurai Ceremony and the traditional lunch that heralded Spring
You’ll enjoy the gardens, spiritual blessings, ceremonies, and cuisine that made up the Kanazawa samurai lifestyle.
Tour guided in English by native-English speaker
and Japanese by the professionals who will host each event during the tour
Cost: 13,000 yen/person
Space is limited.
10:15 Meet inside the main gate (with the stained glass).
10:30 Depart on foot to Gyokusenin Maru Garden
10:40 Gyokusenin Maru Garden
This tour begins at the re-creation of this 17th century garden. Kanazawa College of Art Professor and certified landscape architect Dr. Takahiro Tsuba will illuminate the secrets of Japanese garden architecture and describe the rare features of the Gyokusenin Maru Garden that was re-built in the same location according the original 1631 blueprints.
11:45 Depart Gyokusenin Maru Garden
11:50 Oyama Shrine
The group walks to Oyama Shrine where the group will be hosted by Dr. Negi, the educational director of Oyama Shrine. First, the Mikosan of the shrine (female aides to the Gods of this shrine) will perform millennia-old dances backed by traditional ceremonial Shinto music. After watching and learning about this sublime performance from Dr. Negi, the group will enter into the main sanctuary of the shrine to receive a traditional oharai. An oharai is often described as a blessing; you can think of it as an invisible shield waved over you that encourages health and good fortune throughout the everyday vagaries of life.
12:45 Depart Oyama Shrine
12:50 Otomoro Restaurant
The group walks to Otomoro, the exceptional ryotei run by the Otomo family since the 17th century. Inside their centuries-old samurai storehouse, under red-lamp-shrouded candlelight, you’ll participate in a ceremony where the first greens of the season are prepared for the traditional samurai meal that celebrated the start of spring. The Otomo family has been enacting this ceremony for centuries, as they did for the feudal leaders of the Maeda clan. The father and son Otomo team will perform and explain this unique ceremony in the same spot where it has been a ritual for centuries.
While you are watching the ceremony, your special Otomoro Seven Greens lunch is being carefully prepared. Moving inside the extraordinary Otomoro restaurant, you’ll dine as a samurai did centuries ago, encouraging the arrival of spring and enjoying the tastes and ambiance of this exceptional cuisine and space, revelling in your modern memories of the garden and shrine traditions of the past.
15:00 The tour ends after lunch in the centre of Kanazawa.