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Kanazawa is a city located on the Sea of Japan coast in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and the largest city in the Hokuriku region of Japan. The city has a population of around 463,000 people and is known for its traditional culture, art, and architecture.

Kanazawa is located on the western coast of the main Japanese island of Honshu. It is located about 300 kilometers northwest of Tokyo and is surrounded by mountains and the sea. The city is divided into five wards and is known for its many canals and rivers.

Kanazawa has a long history and was once the capital of the powerful Kaga Domain. During the Edo period, the city flourished as a center of trade and culture and was home to many powerful samurai clans. Kanazawa was also the birthplace of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Kanazawa is home to many historical sites, including the Kanazawa Castle, which was built in 1580. The castle is a symbol of the city and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. Other sites include the Kenroku-en Garden, which is one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, which is one of the largest museums of modern art in the country.

Kanazawa is also known for its traditional crafts, such as Kaga Yuzen silk dyeing, Kutani porcelain, and gold leaf. The city is also home to many festivals, such as the Omicho Market Festival and the Kanazawa Tea Ceremony Festival.

Kanazawa is a city steeped in history and culture and is a great place to visit for anyone interested in traditional Japanese culture and art.

Excursion tips for a day in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is a vibrant city full of cultural attractions and activities. Here are some of the things you can do as a tourist in Kanazawa in a single day:

1. Visit Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and admire its beautiful landscape and cherry blossoms in springtime.

2. Tour the Kanazawa Castle Park, home to the original castle of the Maeda Clan.

3. Take a stroll through the historic Higashi Chaya district, and explore the traditional teahouses, shops and restaurants.

4. Visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and explore its modern galleries and exhibitions.

5. Explore the Nagamachi Samurai district, and learn about the area’s history as a residence of samurai warriors.

6. Visit the Myoryuji Temple, also known as the Ninja Temple, and learn about its secret architecture.

7. Take a boat ride on the Asano River and admire the views of the city from the water.

8. Shop at Omicho Market and try some of the fresh seafood and other local delicacies.

9. Visit the Oyama Shrine, dedicated to the god of the sea, and admire its beautiful architecture.

10. Take a stroll along the Asanogawa River and admire the views of the city.

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The climate in Kanazawa

Kanazawa in Japan experiences a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Spring is mild and humid, with occasional showers and temperatures ranging from 8-20°C. Summer is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 20-30°C. Autumn is mild and dry, with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C. Winter is cold and dry, with temperatures ranging from -2-10°C. Overall, Kanazawa enjoys a climate with mild temperatures, occasional showers and plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Kanazawa

Our weather forecast for Kanazawa helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 22.8 °C
min: 20.5 °C
11.5 m/s
22.3 m/s
100.0 %
17.7 m
93.9 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 21.2 °C
10.4 m/s
12.6 m/s
97.1 %
24.1 m
71.6 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 32.5 °C
min: 22.5 °C
15.8 m/s
24.8 m/s
83.6 %
23.0 m
73.8 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 29.9 °C
min: 21.3 °C
14.8 m/s
23.8 m/s
75.5 %
17.7 m
86.6 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 21.3 °C
19.1 m/s
34.9 m/s
50.3 %
23.2 m
80.8 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 22.5 °C
9.0 m/s
14.4 m/s
63.4 %
22.5 m
80.5 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 22.8 °C
9.4 m/s
11.2 m/s
77.7 %
24.1 m
70.6 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 22 °C
9.4 m/s
9.4 m/s
14.7 %
24.1 m
67.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 32.4 °C
min: 22.4 °C
10.4 m/s
9.7 m/s
77.0 %
22.2 m
75.2 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 23.5 °C
min: 21.5 °C
9.4 m/s
15.5 m/s
98.2 %
16.8 m
90.9 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 26.6 °C
min: 21.6 °C
10.1 m/s
13.3 m/s
100.0 %
21.2 m
91.9 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 33.9 °C
min: 23.2 °C
19.9 m/s
59.8 m/s
92.8 %
21.2 m
73.2 %
995 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 22.6 °C
min: 20.4 °C
22.0 m/s
55.4 m/s
100.0 %
10.0 m
97.4 %
1,002 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 25.9 °C
min: 20.5 °C
10.4 m/s
9.0 m/s
85.8 %
14.3 m
93.7 %
1,006 hPa

Cruises to Kanazawa

Would you like to travel to Kanazawa on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Kanazawa.

Scheduled ship calls in Kanazawa, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Sep. 2024 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 2nd 2024 Wednesday, 2nd of Oct. 2024 Silver Muse 07:00 am 11:00 pm
Oct. 6th 2024 Sunday, 6th of Oct. 2024 MSC Bellissima 10:00 am 07:00 pm
Oct. 9th 2024 Wednesday, 9th of Oct. 2024 Silver Nova 08:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 10th 2024 Thursday, 10th of Oct. 2024 Silver Nova 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Oct. 28th 2024 Monday, 28th of Oct. 2024 Norwegian Spirit 07:00 am 04:30 pm
Mar. 30th 2025 Sunday, 30th of Mar. 2025 Silver Muse 08:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 31st 2025 Monday, 31st of Mar. 2025 Silver Muse 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Mar. 31st 2025 Monday, 31st of Mar. 2025 Silver Whisper 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 Silver Nova 07:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 4th 2025 Friday, 4th of Apr. 2025 Silver Nova 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 5th 2025 Saturday, 5th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 6th 2025 Sunday, 6th of Apr. 2025 MS Noordam 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 10th 2025 Thursday, 10th of Apr. 2025 AIDAstella 08:00 am 06:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Apr. 11th 2025 Friday, 11th of Apr. 2025 Diamond Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 13th 2025 Sunday, 13th of Apr. 2025 Silver Muse 08:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 14th 2025 Monday, 14th of Apr. 2025 Silver Muse 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 17th 2025 Thursday, 17th of Apr. 2025 Silver Nova 08:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 18th 2025 Friday, 18th of Apr. 2025 Silver Nova 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 19th 2025 Saturday, 19th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 08:00 am 04:00 pm
Apr. 28th 2025 Monday, 28th of Apr. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 09:00 am 06:00 pm
May 10th 2025 Saturday, 10th of May 2025 Azamara Pursuit 08:00 am 06:00 pm
May 11th 2025 Sunday, 11th of May 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 29th 2025 Thursday, 29th of May 2025 Diamond Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 5th 2025 Thursday, 5th of Jun. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 5th 2025 Sunday, 5th of Oct. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 19th 2025 Sunday, 19th of Oct. 2025 MS Westerdam 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Nov. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Nov. 2025 Diamond Princess 09:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 25th 2026 Wednesday, 25th of Feb. 2026 MS Regatta 01:00 pm 09:00 pm
Mar. 20th 2026 Friday, 20th of Mar. 2026 Silver Nova 08:00 am 11:00 pm
Mar. 21st 2026 Saturday, 21st of Mar. 2026 Azamara Pursuit 09:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 30th 2026 Monday, 30th of Mar. 2026 MS Regatta 07:00 am 03:00 pm
Apr. 1st 2026 Wednesday, 1st of Apr. 2026 Silver Moon 07:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 9th 2026 Thursday, 9th of Apr. 2026 Silver Nova 07:00 am 08:30 pm
Apr. 16th 2026 Thursday, 16th of Apr. 2026 Silver Moon 07:00 am 11:00 pm
Apr. 17th 2026 Friday, 17th of Apr. 2026 Azamara Pursuit 01:00 pm 08:00 pm
Apr. 17th 2026 Friday, 17th of Apr. 2026 Seabourn Sojourn 08:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 18th 2026 Saturday, 18th of Apr. 2026 Seabourn Sojourn 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 20th 2026 Monday, 20th of Apr. 2026 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 08:00 pm
Jun. 1st 2026 Monday, 1st of Jun. 2026 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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