Kanazawa Castle – Ishikawa | Travel Information

Kanazawa Castle is a partially restored castle located in the city of Kanazawa, in Ishikawa prefecture. 

Back in it’s prime, the Kanazawa served as the fortress for the mighty Maeda Clan, of whom were the second most powerful clan in Japan in terms of wealth and size.

 The Castle was actively used for nearly 300 years, starting in the 1580’s, with it in use until the early 1870’s, where the castle met an unfortunate fate.

Castles and other historic monuments of Japan are typically plagued with disaster, with hardly any original structures still standing to this day. Kanazawa Castle had faced numerous fires in it’s life, which destroyed large parts of the castle. Over time, more and more withered away on the castle, until today where the outer wall is one of the only things still standing. Although the castle is fragmented now, there are still some of cool features still around, like the Ishikawa gate which is a restored gate at the east end of the castle, or the castle moats which made Kanazawa Castle harder to attack.

You can even enter some of the store houses and turrets for a small fee of 310JPY.

Admission & Hours

  • Kanazawa Castle Park:
  • 7:00am-6:00pm (March til mid October)
  • 8:00am-5:00pm (Mid October til end of February)
  • Free Entry
  • Storehouse & Turrets
  • 9:00am-4:30pm (Final entry at 4:00pm)
  • 310JPY

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