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Shinkansen Effect on Hotel Construction

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Everyone expected a construction boom when the Hokuriku Shinkansen arrived, and three years on, it’s a mixed blessing. According to NHK, the number of guests at big hotels in Kanazawa decreased slightly last year from the year before, but compared to the year before the Shinkansen opened, it’s up an amazing 26.5%. On the other・・・

400-year-old Cherry Blossoms

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A 400-year-old cherry tree (a variant of a wild cherry species) stands at Shogetsuji Temple in the Teramachi area of Kanazawa City. Every year I worry that it might not bloom because it’s so old, but this year it bloomed again, and beautifully, too. This historic tree is on the national register with its blossoms・・・

The Coming of Spring Brings Wild Mountain Vegetables

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This is the season for mountain vegetables and wild edible plants. Do you know your Japanese mountain vegetables? Local edible plants include: fukinoto, tsukushi, taranome, kogomi, koshiabura, zenmai, warabi, udo, fuki, takenoko, and wasabi. If you live in the city, you’re unlikely to recognize these plants or even know their names. But it’s one of・・・

A Popular Sightseeing Spot in Kanazawa City – Myouryuji Temple (Ninja Temple)

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Myouryuji Temple Known as Ninja Templeのサムネイル

The top four sightseeing destinations among visitors to Kanazawa are Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Castle Park, the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art. Number five is the Ninja Temple, otherwise known as Myouryuji Temple. Considering that the top four are all government facilities, it’s interesting that number 5 is・・・

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Kanazawa

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Kanazawa has oodles of cherry trees, so when the season comes, tourists come, too. Kenrokuen Park and Kanazawa Castle are well-known and popular spots for “hanami” (cherry blossom viewing), but I prefer the blossoms along the River Sai. The trees there are arranged beautifully for several hundred meters along the river. Even better, the Hakusan・・・

400-year-old Cherry Tree at Shogetsuji Temple

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At Shogetsuji Temple in Kanazawa’s Teramachi district, there’s a flowering mountain cherry tree poking through and over a wall, looking out on the main thoroughfare. It’s been designated a Japanese natural treasure, and it’s been around for 400 years. It usually looks the same as any other old tree, but when the cherry blossoms are・・・

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