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Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
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All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family,...

All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family, are the Ishikawa Gate, a moat and stone walls.

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Not the most impressive castle

While not as impressive as other castle, Himeji for example, it has an interesting style to it. The white-focused color palette projects an air of peacefulness that obscures the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lennox Head, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in how the Japanese constructed buildings out of huge timber slabs the castle gates are essential viewing. You can see inside the structure and get up close with the inner workings. The gardens are lovely here but the castle is incomplete since it was destroyed by fire along time ago.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While not as impressive as other castle, Himeji for example, it has an interesting style to it. The white-focused color palette projects an air of peacefulness that obscures the full extend of its defensive capabilities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The remaining structures are very interesting and the walk leading to the ruins is lovely. Once there stroll the grounds and then head on over to the garden.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site is relatively large and will take you a few hours if you want to look at everything. Make sure that you visit the inside of the castle - the construction techniques are amazing!

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kanazawa Castle was designed as a fortress and is today a display of serenity and power. Though it is almost totally reconstructed after repeated minor fires and volcanic eruptions - it still has a lot of original stonework. The woodwork that was totally destroyed has been recreated with great care. and detail, much like all things Japanese. The carpentry... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there almost at dusk, and just before it the ravens came out - there're a lot of them and they all make noise - and the semi darkness just makes all the experience seen surreal and out of this world. Really recommend it if you like to feel like in some horror movie or a romantic movie- it... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wandered around this castle on our way to the garden next door. Once you understand a bit about the history and the reconstruction you appreciate it more. Architecturally and visually it is quite appealing. Well worth the visit.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This castle is actually a sort of mock-up reconstruction, since it was set on fire more than a century ago. However it has been recuilt with the idea of really showing "how it is done", so for those who are interested in wood-construction technology from Japan and that sort of thing, this is a fine place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In comparison with Osaka castle grounds this is smaller but there are some lovely spaces with several local Eagles flying around freely It's 350 meters from Omicho market with kourin sushi and Kanazawa coffee place enroute. One of the gates lead to Kenrokuen.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Kanazawa Castle, one of the largest in feudal Japan. Destroyed by fire in 1881, with only the armoury and rear gate, plus Ishikawamon surviving, so most of this picturesque Castle has been sensitively rebuilt. Very impressive and even though we were not allowed inside, we would like to have spent more time here than at the garden.

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