JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Occupying a huge plot of land in the center of the city, Kanazawa Castle has undergone extensive renovations and reconstruction. The main castle buildings are now magnificently restored.
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Kenrokuen is one of Japan's three most famous gardens (besides Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito, Ibaraki). The garden was originally the castle garden for Kanazawa Castle. Katsurazaka Entrance to Kenrokuen Garden 桂坂口
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Map of Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden
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Kanazawa Castle was the base for the Kaga Domain (Ishikawa and Toyama Prefectures) ruled by the Maeda clan 1583–1871 starting with Maeda Toshiie.
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Ninomaru Northern Stone wall along a moat. 二の丸北面石垣
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Kenrokuen is classified as a "kaiyu-shiki teien" (回遊式庭園) or "circular-strolling Japanese garden." It's a common and classic Japanese garden design where you simply walk around the garden, usually around a central pond.
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Shinmaru Park 新丸広場
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Kasumigaike Pond and the famous Kotoji-toro stone lantern. The lantern is shaped like a bridge that supports a string on the koto instrument. 霞ヶ池 徽軫灯籠
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Dobashi-mon Gate stone walls 土橋門石垣
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Famous Kotoji-toro stone lantern 徽軫灯籠
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Highway in front of the castle.
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Dobashi-mon Gate stone wall 土橋門石垣
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The strolling path is not a perfect circle, but you start and finish at the same point. The strolling path is lined with Japanese pines, flowering plants, maples, etc.
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Outer castle wall
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Dobashi-mon Gate stone wall. Notice the hexagonal stones. 土橋門石垣
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Kenrokuen Garden, Ishikawa Pref., Karasaki Pine Tree whose seedlings originally came from the Karasaki Pine Tree in Shiga Pref.
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Gate to Former Brigade Office 切手門
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.
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Ishikawa Bridge to Ishikawa-mon Gate
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Former Brigade Office (closed to public) 旧第六旅団司令部
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Ishikawa-mon Gate 石川門
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Sukiyashiki stone wall. Some markings are engraved on the stones. 数寄屋敷石垣
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Ropes are strung over the tree to protect it against the weight of snow.
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JR Kanazawa Station JR金沢駅
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Passing through Ishikawa-mon Gate 石川門
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge 極楽橋
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden 唐崎松
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Stone walls seen from Gokuraku-bashi Bridge.
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The Karasaki Pine Tree is the garden's largest pine tree.
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Sanjukken Nagaya Armory (closed) 三十間長屋
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Karasaki Pine Tree in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref.
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Ishikawa-mon Gate looking from the inside. 石川門
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Sanjukken Nagaya Armory (closed) 三十間長屋
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Ishikawa-mon Gate stone wall
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Kurogane (Tetsu)-mon Gate stone walls. Entrance to Honmaru. 鉄門石垣
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Horai island 蓬莱島
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Ishikawa-mon Gate stone wall (different pattern from other wall).
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Kurogane-mon Gate stone wall 鉄門石垣
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Statue of Prince Yamato Takeru 日本武尊像(明治紀念之標)Memorial built in 1880 dedicated to the fallen warriors of Ishikawa Prefecture who fought in the Satsuma Rebellion.
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Ishikawa-mon Gate 石川門
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Kurogane-mon Gate stone wall 鉄門石垣
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Statue of Prince Yamato Takeru 日本武尊像
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San-no-maru and Gojukken Nagaya long house and turrets in the distance.
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Site of Inui Yagura Turret 戊亥櫓跡
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Neagari-no-matsu Pine tree with rising roots. 根上松
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View from Inui Yagura Turret
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Neagari-no-matsu Pine tree with rising roots. 根上松
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View from Inui Yagura Turret. Hashizumemon Gate on lower right.
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Winter cherry blossoms.
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Kanazawa Castle
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Gardeners
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Hashizume-mon Turret 橋爪門続櫓
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Hashizumemon-tsuzuki Yagura Turret
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Gojukken Nagaya long house connected the two turrets on each end.
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View from Inui Yagura Turret
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Tiny pink flowers
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Hishi-yagura Turret 菱櫓
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Inui Yagura Turret stone wall as seen from Hashizumemon-tsuzuki Yagura Turret.
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Kasumigaike Pond
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Hishi-yagura Turret 菱櫓
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Magnificent tree
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Honmaru, the castle's center now covered with vegetation. 本丸
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Site of Ushitora Yagura Turret. 丑寅櫓跡
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Natural fountain and source of Kasumigaike Pond's water.
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Hishi-yagura Turret 菱櫓
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View from Ushitora Yagura Turret. Across the highway is Kenrokuen Garden.
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Yugao-tei Tea house 夕顔亭
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Hishi-yagura Turret 菱櫓
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View from Ushitora Yagura Turret.
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Hishi-yagura Turret 菱櫓
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Hishi Yagura Turret
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Entrance to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. It opened as a public garden in 1938. The garden is modeled after Chinese concepts and features.Near Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.
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Both turrets connected by the Gojukken Nagaya Armory
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Ticket office at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Admission ¥300. Free English pamphlet/map available.
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Tsurumaru Storehouse 鶴丸倉庫
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Map of garden. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is designated as one of Japan's Special Historic Place and Special Scenic Spot. Only select places in Japan (like Kyoto's Kinkakuji) have both designations. 国の特別史跡・特別名勝
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Weeping cherry tree
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Higashi-no-Maru stone wall built using the oldest technique. 東の丸北面石垣Stone wall supporting the Ushitora Yagura Turret.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. 枝垂桜
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Long house armory connecting the two turrets.
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This weeping cherry tree is about 60 years old.
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Bay window to drop stones on attackers.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.
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Autumn foilage and Hashizumemon-tsuzuki Yagura Turret, Kanazawa Castle.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. Called "Shidare-sakura" in Japanese meaning cherry tree with drooping branches.
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Storehouse in background of castle wall.
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Hashizumemon-tsuzuki Yagura Turret and pine tree
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With Tokyo Dome looming above, Koishikawa Korakuen is another famous Edo-Period Japanese garden originally built by Lord Yorifusa of the Mito Tokugawa Clan in 1629 as part of his Edo estate.The garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan.
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Hashizumemon-tsuzuki Yagura Turret
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Tsturunomaru Park fronting the rest house. 鶴の丸公園
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Inside rest house. 休憩所
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Shorozan hill 小廬山
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Inside rest house.
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Uchibori moat 内堀
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Cross section of namako castle wall.
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Tokyo Dome in the background. The garden is right next to Tokyo Dome.
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Behind a castle wall near Ishikawa-mon Gate
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Larger weeping cherry tree.
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.
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Weeping cherries
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Hashizume Bridge 橋爪橋
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Weeping cherry tree and Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Hashizume-mon Turret
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Large weeping cherry tree しだれ桜
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Bay window to drop stones, Hashizume-mon Turret
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Folding screen (byobu) rock 屏風岩
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Back view of long house. Information office and gift shop is in the small building.
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View from Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋
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Tokujindo Hall which stores wooden statues from old Chinese stories. 得仁堂
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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden has a circular design around a pond and low hill. 回遊式庭園
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Entrance to the Gojukken Nagaya and turrets.
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Picnic area
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Inside views
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Cherry trees line the Osensui pond. 大泉水
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In the background is Horaijima island (not accessible). 蓬莱島
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Inside Hishi Turret.
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Shiraito Waterfall. Nothing spectacular. 白糸の滝
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Iris bed. Should come back in June.
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Inside Hishi Turret
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Colorful flowers break the monotony of greenery. ハナモモ
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Bay window to drop stones.
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Ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) ハナモモ
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Opening to drop stones.
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White ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) look like cotton on branches. ハナモモ
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White ornamental peaches ハナモモ
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View of the Shin-maru Hiroba 新丸広場
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Model of castle's wooden framework
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Inside the long house which served as an armory.
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Wooden beams notched together.
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View of Ishikawa-mon Gate.
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Hashizume Bridge
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Stairs to Hashizume-mon Turret
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Inide Hashizume-mon Turret 橋爪門続櫓
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How beams are joined.
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Namako wall construction
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Roof construction
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Eight-plank Bridge 八つ橋
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) 円月橋
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Stone bridge steps 円月橋
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) so named because it creates full moon with its reflection in the water. 円月橋
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Kuhachi-ya 九八屋
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Naitei Inner Garden, formerly a private garden for a guesthouse built by the Mito Clan. The garden just does not match the huge Tokyo Dome in the background... 内庭
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Picnickers
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Outside wall of garden.
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The outside wall also uses stones from the Sotobori Moat of Edo Castle.
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One of Japan's most awesome-looking train stations, especially the gate.
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JR Kanazawa Station's Tsuzumi Mon gate. JR金沢駅 鼓門
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Shaped like a tsuzumi drum.
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Lit at night.
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Kanazawa Station
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Side view of Kanazawa Station.
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Inside Kanazawa Station.
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Limited Express on Hokuriku Line
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Inside Limited Express on Hokuriku Line
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Old Kanazawa Station
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Omi-cho Market entrance. 近江町市場
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Omi-cho Market is full of seafood vendors.
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Omi-cho Market crab vendor.
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Omi-cho Market
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Omi-cho Market
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Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art 金沢21世紀美術館
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Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
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Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
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Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
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Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
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Kanazawa Noh Museum
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Kanazawa Noh Museum
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Class to make a Noh mask.
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Kanazawa Samurai houses
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Samurai house 長町武家屋敷跡野村家
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Kita-ke is a district governor's residence with a 350-year history. It is now a museum exhibiting documents and artifacts of its past. The house and front gate (photo) are National Important Cultural Properties.
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Inside Kita-ke.
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Kita-ke
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Near JR Menda Station.
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is Japan's only beach where motor vehicles are permitted to run as a public thoroughfare. It extends for about 8 km.The beach is not pronounced "Senrihama."
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa is Japan's only beach where motor vehicles are permitted to run as a public thoroughfare. It extends for about 8 km. It goes parallel to another highway inland, so this beach road is more for tourists. Note that this beach may be closed to traffic in bad weather.
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Even tour buses can easily drive on the beach. One of the coolest things I ever saw in Japan.Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa.
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The sand grains are about half the size of normal sand, resulting in a very packed and solid sandy surface. Solid enough for vehicles.Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, Ishikawa.
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