Kanazawa Food & Tea Culture Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Since the old days, traditional Japanese culture has been very much a part of daily life in Kanazawa. Its profound charm is attracting attention from overseas.

Kanazawa is well known for its sophisticated food and tea culture. The secret of the popularity of the Kanazawa’s cuisine is that it is not just about its taste, but is packed with many Japanese elements such as the spirit of hospitality, the beauty of tea utensils, and traditional methods.

This is the ideal pick for time-tight travelers wanting to discover lots of Kanazawa’s dietary highlights in a day. Avoid the potential confusion of public transportation system, and travel comfortably with your private local guide.

Note: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Kanazawa, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Since the old days, traditional Japanese culture has been very much a part of daily life in Kanazawa. Its profound charm is attracting attention from overseas.

Kanazawa is well known for its sophisticated food and tea culture. The secret of the popularity of the Kanazawa’s cuisine is that it is not just about its taste, but is packed with many Japanese elements such as the spirit of hospitality, the beauty of tea utensils, and traditional methods.

This is the ideal pick for time-tight travelers wanting to discover lots of Kanazawa’s dietary highlights in a day. Avoid the potential confusion of public transportation system, and travel comfortably with your private local guide.

Note: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Kenrokuen Garden, 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937 Ishikawa Prefecture

Kenroku-en,one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.means a garden combining the six attributes of a perfect garden. As a strolling-style landscape garden,it incorporates fancy designs in every corner,achieving peerless scenery in each season.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shigure-tei, 1-5 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0936, Japan

the Shigure-tei Teahouse sits in the middle of Kenroku-en, Kanazawa’s stunning traditional stroll garden. Yet another, more hidden, garden sits within the hedged borders of the teahouse property. It can be viewed while enjoying a cup of macha tea and a traditional wagashi sweet or simply from a large tatami room that often welcomes large tour groups. After your refreshment, feel free to step out onto the polished veranda for a better look at the meticulously tended garden.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kanazawa Kashi Kigata Art Museum, 10-15 Otemachi 2f, Kanazawa 920-0912 Ishikawa Prefecture

Exhibiting over one thousand of items such as wooden Japanese sweet molds has been in use since the Edo period.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ohi Pottery Museum, 2-17, Hashibacho, Kanazawa 920-0911 Ishikawa Prefecture

Ohi Pottery is a very specific type of pottery that has been made by one family in Kanazawa for 350 years. The Ohi Pottery Museum and Gallery is housed in their old family residence and provides an excellent introduction to this local ceramic tradition.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Omicho Market, 50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa 920-0905 Ishikawa Prefecture

Omicho Market (近江町市場, Ōmichō Ichiba) has been Kanazawa’s largest fresh food market since the Edo Period. Today, it is a busy and colorful network of covered streets lined by about 200 shops and stalls. While most shops specialize in the excellent local seafood and produce, you can also find flowers, clothing, kitchen tools and more on sale.

Although the market is most exciting during the morning hours, it also gets quite busy around noon, when tourists and locals arrive to have lunch at restaurants inside the market. It is not unusual for lines to build in front of the popular restaurants, many of which specialize in rice bowls topped with fresh Kanazawa seafood.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Higashichaya Old Town, 1 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831 Ishikawa Prefecture

A chaya (lit. teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance. During the Edo Period, chaya were found in designated entertainment districts, usually just outside the city limits. Kanazawa has three, well preserved chaya districts, Higashi Chayagai (Eastern Chaya District), Nishi Chayagai (Western Chaya District) and Kazuemachi.

Of the three districts, the Higashi Chaya District (東茶屋街, Higashi Chayagai) is the largest and by far the most interesting. Two chaya, the Shima Teahouse and Kaikaro Teahouse, are open to the public. Other buildings along the central street now house cafes and shops. One of the shops, Hakuza, sells gold leaf products, a specialty of Kanazawa, and displays a tea ceremony room which is completely covered in gold leaf.

Duration: 30 minutes