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(1)Shomyoji Temple & Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum〔称名寺 県立金沢文庫〕

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Shomyoji Temple was founded by Hojo Sanetoki (1224-1276) in 1259 and belongs to the Shingon Risshu sect of Buddhism. Sanetoki collected many books and stored in the Kanazawa-Bunko Library behind the small tunnel.

12 minutes' walk from Kanazawa-bunko Station (Keikyu Line)
10 minutes' walk from Uminokoen-Shibaguchi Station (Seaside Line)

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SyomyojiShomyoji Temple in cherry blossom seasonShomyoji Temple in Autumn leaves

(2)Ryugeji Temple 〔龍華寺〕

Ryugeji Temple Ryugeji Temple

This temple was originally founded by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, the Shogun of Japan in 12th century, and it belongs to the Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It has many cultural properties among which is a recently discovered “hollow dry lacquer statue,” a valuable artifact made more than 1,000 years ago. It is also famous for the beautiful peony garden in April.

11 minutes' walk from Kanazawa-Hakkei Station (Keikyu Line)

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Peony garden in Ryugeji Temple

 

(3)ITO Hirobumi's Old Villa in Kanazawa〔旧伊藤博文金沢別邸〕

 Ito Hirobumi’s Old Villa in Kanazawa

ITO Hirobumi (1841-1909) was the first prime minister of Japan. He loved this area because it looked like his birthplace, Hagi in Yamaguchi prefecture. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Tokyo bay from the villa while drinking matcha or powdered green tea (400-600yen). A lot of peony (牡丹)flowers bloom in spring in the garden.

5 minutes' walk from Nojimakoen Station (Seaside Line)

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(4)Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise〔横浜八景島シーパラダイス〕

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise AquamuseumHakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquamuseum

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an amusement island with a wide variety of facilities including a huge aquarium, restaurants, a hotel and roller coaster jutting out over the ocean. It is really exciting!

5 minutes' walk from Hakkeijima Station (Seaside Line)

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(5)Seto Shrine, Biwajima Shrine〔瀬戸神社・琵琶島神社〕

Seto ShrineBiwajima ShrineOwatari Festival Seto Shrine and Biwajima Shrine

Seto Shrine is said to be founded by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, the Shogun of Japan in the 12th century.
At the same time, HOJO Masako, the wife of Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, founded Biwajima Shrine in front of the Seto Shrine.
On May 15, Owatari Festival is held. The deity of Seto Shrine is moved in the portable shrine to Biwajima Shrine across the road,and the shrine maidens dedicate a dance to the deity.

5 minutes' walk from Kanazawa-Hakkei Station (Keikyu Line)

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(6)Shiba Fishing Port〔柴漁港〕

Shiba Fishing Port

The sea around Kanazawa is a good fishing ground. People can buy very fresh seafood in this port every Sunday and national holiday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

8 minutes' walk from Uminokoen-Shibaguchi Station or Hakkeijima Station (Seaside Line)

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(7)Umino Koen (Marine Park)〔海の公園〕

Seaside Park fireworkFireworks at Kanazawa Festival2

Uminokoen is an artificial sandy beach 1 km long. On the beach,you can enjoy shell gathering, swimming, beach volleyball, windsurfing, and so on.
On the last Saturday of August the Kanazawa festival is held and you will see the large-scale fireworks.
In winter, you also enjoy delicious on the baech.

In front of:
Uminokoen-Minami guchi Station
Uminokoen-Shiba guchi Station
Hsakkeijima Station (Seaside Line)

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(8)Tokozenji Temple〔東光禅寺〕

Tokozenji TempleZazen

Tokozenji Temple was founded 750 years ago by HATAKEYA Shigetada,a great samurai warrior. It belongs to Rinzai Sect of Buddhism. The principal image is Yakushi Nyorai,the Buddha of Healing. In this temple, you can experience zazen(sitting meditation).

25 minutes' walk from Kanazawa-bunko Station (Keikyu Line)
10 minutes by bus from Kanazawa-bunko Station

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Clusters of Amaryllises in Tokozenji Temple

 

(9)Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, Gion-Bune Festival〔富岡八幡宮 祇園舟〕

omioka Hachimangu Shrine
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Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine was founded 830 years ago by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo to protect Kamakura, the capital of Japan at that time. It is also believed to protect the people from sea disasters.
In July, Gion-bune (Gion-boat) Festival is held. So that peaple welcom summer in good condition and thank God for the good harvest both from the sea and from the field.
In spring you can enjoy cherry blossoms in the park around Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine.

8 minutes' walk from Tomioka Station (Keikyu Line)
10 minutes' walk from Namiki-Kita Station (Seaside Line)

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(10)Suzuran Dori Street〔すずらん通り〕

 Suzuran Dori Street

A Japanese traditional shopping street lined with small shops and restaurants. People enjoy shopping every day.

1 minute' walk from Kanazawa-Bunko Station (Keikyu Line).

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 Suzuran Dori Street

(11)Course A: Kanazawa Historical Street〔金沢歴史の道〕

Seto Shrine

Many historic sites, such as temples and shrines, are located on the street from Seto shrine to Shomyoji Temple.
It was a main street for many centuries starting in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333).

Kanazawa-Hakkei Station ~ Kanazawa Historical Street (several temples and shrines) ~ Shomyoji Temple ~ Kanazawa-bunko Station (5km, 2 hours)

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Kanazawa Historical Street-1Kanazawa Historical Street-2Shomyoji Temple in cherry blossom season

(12)Course B: The way to enjoy Kanazawa Hakkei〔金沢八景の道〕

 Biwajima Shrine

Even today, from Hirakata Bay Promnade and Nojima, you can enjoy most of the eight views in Kanazawa (金沢八景).
UTAGAWA Hiroshige (歌川広重) depicted them on ukiyoe woodblock prints in the late Edo period.

Kanazawa-Hakkei Station ~ Hirakata-bay promenade ~ Nojima Island (observatory) ~ ITO Hirobumi's Old Villa ~ Nojimakoen Station (5km, 2 hours)

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The way to enjoy Kanazawa HakkeHiroshige-Hirakata rakuganIto Hirobumi’s Old Villa in Kanazawa
Collection of the Kanazawa Prefectural Kabazawa-Bunko Museum

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