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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

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.

 

 

Tour Information

  • Cost
    13,000 yen/person
  • Tour date
    January 26, 2020
  • Start
    Oyama Shrine at 10:15
  • Finish
    Otomoro Restaurant at 15:00
  • 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.