9:45 Meet at Kanazawa Station West Entrance
10:00 Depart by bus
Kanazawa Noh Museum
Tour of Museum and Noh Acting, Singing, and Dancing Performances
Inspired by the musical traditions learned by Japanese Buddhism scholars when they travelled to China, the sounds and dances of local Japanese harvest festivals were merged with Chinese court music to create Noh in the 14th century. This ancient art flourished in Kanazawa thanks to the patronage of the Maeda family, the feudal heads of this Kaga domain from the late 16th century until 1868. Designated a Protected Art and Cultural Heritage, Mr. Yabu and Ms. Matsuda are leading Noh performers and teachers.
Travel by bus
Shijimaya Honpo Fermented Foods and Samurai House
The Shijimaya Family will display and explain their centuries-old family swords and fermented food specialties
The Shijimayas were a high-ranking samurai family during the feudal era. After the 1868 Meiji Restoration, the family lost its samurai status and became the leader in producing fermented foods. Today, the 6th-generation Shijimaya runs the business and leads in producing traditional and modern takes on fermented foods (you’ll love their gelato!).
You’ll enjoy a special lunch at Shijimaya Honpo of local and authentic fermented foods.
Travel by bus
Kanazawa Castle Park
Enjoy the Sport of Kings
This is a rare chance to see falconry displayed on the original Kanazawa Castle grounds. The Austringer will fly his majestic eagles, just as they were flown in the same spot centuries before. The combination of falcons flying amidst the backdrop of the more-than-400-year-old castle fortifications and buttresses will make your photos unforgettable.
Travel by bus or walk
Shoseian Tea Ceremony House
Finish the tour as a samurai would have paused during his busy day
Enjoy a tea ceremony hosted by Omote Senke Master Chiyo in this beautiful and serene setting. Your samurai afternoon will be complete with a traditional Kanazawa sweet, especially handcrafted for the tea ceremony by the famous confectioner Yoshihashi. As you enjoy conversation