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PRIVATE: THE CULTURE OF KANAZAWA

The cancellation policy on this tour is outside of the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. The tour is non refundable 18 days prior to the tour date. If your ship does not make port, this tour will be non-refundable. Please take out travel insurance to cover this rare occurrence. This tour will NOT be refundable in cases in which conditions make it impossible for the ship to dock and disembark passengers in a timely manner.
Per Person (Based on 2 participants) $429 USD
Per Person (Based on 3 participants) $329 USD
Per Person (Based on 4 participants) $279 USD
Per Person (Based on 5 participants) $249 USD
Per Person (Based on 6 participants) $229 USD
Per Person (Based on 7 participants) $219 USD
Per Person (Based on 8 participants) $210 USD
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PRIVATE: THE CULTURE OF KANAZAWA

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ShoreTrips says...

This is my favorite city in Japan. Its rich history, variety of original art, the beautiful natural surroundings, and kind people really make you appreciate the true beauty of Japan. You will feel like you have stepped into another world walking around this city.

Kanazawa was one of the few major Japanese cities to be spared fire bombing during World War II. It is a thriving center of the arts, long known for its lacquer ware, outstanding collectible pottery of the Kutani style, gold-leaf workmanship and delicate hand-painting of silk for kimonos and Noh theatre dramas. The narrow and winding cobblestone streets have a quaint photogenic charm.

Kenrokuen Garden is by far the most famous part of Kanazawa. Originally built as the outer garden of Kanazawa castle, it was opened to the public in 1875. It is considered one of the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan" and is filled with a variety of trees, ponds, waterfalls and flowers stretching over 25 acres. In winter, the park is notable for its yukitsuri – ropes attached in a conical array to trees to support the branches under the weight of the heavy wet snow, thereby protecting the trees from damage.

Your guide will take you through the gardens and you will enjoy some green tea here before moving to the Omicho Market, established about the middle of the 18th century. Since then, it has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. Here you can find everything the locals use, whether it is importing or made locally. There are as many as 170 stores including a large number of fish stores that sell fresh fish and seafood caught in the Sea of Japan, vegetable stores that sell unique Kaga vegetables, fruit stores, dried food and marine product stores, grocery stores, and clothing stores besides restaurants. This is always a way to get a true feel of a destination and here in Japan, it is always a wonderful scene.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Meet and greet at Kanazawa hotel or the cruise pier
  • Licensed English speaking guide
  • Escorted tour of Kanazawa using public transportation (costs included)
  • Entrance to all sites listed
  • Tour of the Kenrokuen Garden with green tea
  • Visit Nagamachi Samurai residence district
  • Visit Nomurake Samurai Residence
  • Omicho Market
  • Gold leaf craft experience
  • Lunch at a typical Japanese restaurant

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (8 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Restrictions

• If you are arriving by cruise ship, you will not have time to visit the Omicho Market.
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
• We will do our best to confirm the tour at the standard pricing, however there may be a surcharge on holidays and from the end of December to the New Year.
The cancellation policy on this tour is outside of the normal ShoreTrips Terms of Service. The tour is non refundable 18 days prior to the tour date. If your ship does not make port, this tour will be non-refundable. Please take out travel insurance to cover this rare occurrence. This tour will NOT be refundable in cases in which conditions make it impossible for the ship to dock and disembark passengers in a timely manner. In case of extreme delay of ship’s arrival or immigration, the tour may have to be shortened.
• Due to the extreme costs of hospitalization and medical services in Japan, we strongly recommend purchasing independent travel insurance that will cover you for injuries or illness while in Japan.