Grand Hotel Hakusan
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... the Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Gardens. It looked very crowded at first, with lots of tour groups, but we soon got away from all that havoc and found peaceful spaces to enjoy.
The castle construction showed superb craftsmanship. Some of it had been destroyed by fire and expertly rebuilt from old drawings. It is larger than we expected and the grounds and structures kept in immaculate ...
... cans) in public places. This is because of the gas attack on the Toyko subway a few years ago. That led to all the bins being removed.
2. Every prefecture has its own garbage sorting rules, but generally things are sorted into recyclables and combustibles, but no two places seem the same, leaving you totally confused.
3. The combustion system is pretty sophisticated. As they don't have sufficient land to create landfills, ...
... Once our lunch was over, we walked through the Samurai district. Here again some old wooden houses. We visited one house which had a fantastic little garden. The house in itself is quite big (2 stores and about 6 different rooms), wood is everywhere, almost no furniture, a shrine and that's about it really but i can tell you that the simplicity makes it very elegant. See pictures ;) In order to fully prepare ...
... walk. 1st to the market where we tasted some local food (see pictures). We also bought something that looked that huge grape but actually tasted like prunes. Delicious ;) Then we went to Kanazawa Castle, a big white building in a beautiful park. We saw some gardeners trimming the trees with so much care and attention. It was like bonsai work but for normal sized trees. Crazy Japanese people :) we love them for that :) In the castle ...
... br> Right next to the garden is Kanazawa Castle. It originally dates back to 1546, although the current buildings date from the 1700s-1800s. It was the residence of the Maeda lord of Kaga Domain until 1869 and was an army base during WWII. It is a massive structure: white, black, and stone. The roof is white, made of lead tiles. There are a couple of other gardens adjacent to the castle including the Gyokusen’inmaru Garden, named after the wife of a feudal lord, ...