Area Attractions

Located right next to the Kanazawa station, travelers are minutes away from numerous major locations and sites in this historical city. Staying at Hyatt House Kanazawa puts all of the Kanazawa city within reach.

Hyatt House Kanazawa

1-5-2 Hirooka Ishikawa-ken
Kanazawa, Japan, 920-0031

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Local Attractions

Higashi Chaya District

Chaya is a traditional place of feast and entertainment, where geisha entertain people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments since the Edo period. Stroll around the elegant streets, and stop by for delicious snacks and more.

Noto Peninsula

Drive out to the Noto Peninsula in the north part of Ishikawa prefecture for a refreshing change of scenery. Some places to stop by: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Japan’s only drive-by beach; Wajima Morning Market with 1,000 years of history; Ganmon, a beautiful cliff; Shirayone Senmaida for rice paddies along the beach; and Mitsukejima for a unique experience on an island that looks like a battleship. Explore this peninsula full of nature and Satoyama culture.

Kenroku-en and Kanazawa Castle Park

Kenroku-en is well known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. Find iconic symbols of the city like Kasumigaike with the Kotojitoro Lantern, one of the oldest fountains in Japan, Kinjoreitaku Sacred Well, the spot behind Kanazawa’s name, and the Ishikawa bridge, located across from Kanazawa Castle Park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park, or join a tour by a volunteer group stationed next to Ishikawa-gate for historical and hidden stories of Kanazawa.

Omicho Market

The Omicho Fish Market has been the backbone of Kanazawa’s kitchens for over 300 years. A bustling fish market with over 180 shops, this is the place to enjoy local seafood, Kaga vegetables, and confectioneries. Hungry for a rice bowl topped with seafood? Buying fresh seafood at a fish shop? The market is always lively, and is the place to learn the best ways to select and cook fish from the fish purveyors themselves—one of the best ways to enjoy the market. Savor Kanazawa’s famed crab at this market every year from November 6th to the end of March. This is the tastiest time in one of the tastiest locales of Kanazawa!

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

One of the most popular spots for travelers in Kanazawa, this museum is made so anyone can stop by at any time to discover art and get inspired—it is a “museum open to the city like a park.” Designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of architectural office SANAA (awarded The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010) you will find iconic artwork like Leandro Erlich's “Swimming Pool” and James Turrell's "Blue Planet Sky" here.

D.T. Suzuki Museum

In need of a quiet moment to reflect on your travels? The D.T. Suzuki Museum, dedicated to Buddhist philosopher and embodiment of Zen Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, offers the perfect place to do so. Surround yourself in pure serenity with D.T. Suzuki's teachings in Zen and architecture designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, known for his design of MoMA in New York and GINZA SIX  in Ginza. The museum also provides perfect access to lush greenery in Honda Park, the Nakamura Memorial Museum garden, waterfalls and a small forest that will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the city center.

Nomura Samurai Family Residence and Nagamachi Samurai District

The Nagamachi Samurai District provides a peek into Edo period samurai life with well-preserved clay walls, stone, and elaborate city layouts made to protect against attacking enemies. Step inside the Nomura Samurai Family Residence for a look at the living quarters of a middle class samurai—here, you will find stunning art on sliding doors, traditional crafts, and a beautiful garden. The garden, the highlight of this residence, features a serene stream, powerful stones, and trees over 400 years old that remain since the residence’s time as a home for the Nomura family. A historic site to visit, this residence was awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide in 2009.

Korinbo

Shopping and excitement? This is the place to find it. Korinbo is the largest downtown area in the Hokuriku region, and is known as a hub for media, trading companies, and luxury boutiques alike. Find locals visiting on weekends for department stores like Korinbo Daiwa and cozy shopping avenues like Tatemachi and Shin-Tatemachi.

Katamachi and Kiguramachi

Head to Katamachi or Kiguramachi on the weekend for gourmet delights like Nodoguro Rockfish, Kano Crab, Kanazawa curry, Hanton rice, Kanazawa oden and more. Dense with shops and eats, this area is a local favorite for restaurant and bar hopping. For a unique food experience like that of Shinjuku’s Golden Gai alleyway in Tokyo, visit Shintenchi or Mishokugai for tiny bars and restaurants with the perfect opportunity to meet locals.

Ono

15 min by car west of Kanazawa station, there is Ono Town. A unique town that flourished with shipping trade in Edo period, it is a location best known for its old town scenery and soy sauce production. Visit a factory to learn about the fermentation process, and snack on unique eats like a healthy fermented lunch and soy sauce ice cream.