Kanazawa has a lot of places to visit. It has all kinds of monuments, museums, sightseeing spots and so on in and around the center of the city. However, in the suburbs, there are also plenty of nice places to see. Listed below are five awesome places you can visit in the suburbs of Kanazawa.
Yuwaku hot spring is a 1300-year-old hot spring situated 30 minutes by car from Kanazawa main station. It is a historical spring which was once used by the feudal lords of the area, namely the Maeda family of Kaga province. It is a mountainous resort with clear alkaline water. There are several other small hot spring inns in that area where one can have a nice bathing trip. The area is also covered with scenic beauty in all seasons. There is a Yuwaku Onsen Tourism Association which is meant to attract tourists, especially to this onsen. For more details, visit their website.
Hakuko-kan is like a gold leaf institution. We all know that Kanazawa is famous for its gold leaf products such as crafts, cosmetics, and food. Visitors can see the manufacturing process, history and culture of gold leaf. There are two experiences one can have at this place. They are gold leaf transfer and gold leaf attachment experiences. The gold leaf transfer experience is seizing, putting and shaping gold leaf with bamboo chopsticks on a leather board for 10 minutes for 500 yen while the gold leaf attachment experience is attaching gold leaf to objects such as a hand mirror and jewelry box for 90 minutes for 1800 yen. You can make a reservation to enjoy these experiences. For more details, visit their website.
This art center features red brick warehouses which used to be spinning mills and are a place of art activities today. Music, theater, fine arts and other artistic activities happen here. The center is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It also has a restaurant. For more details, visit their website.
The Kanaiwa and Ono areas once acted as a port town to Kanazawa and belong to the residential and industrial suburbs of Kanazawa today. The specialty of this area is the soy sauce industry. Here, soy sauce is manufactured from salt, soybeans and subsoil water giving a unique taste to the local cuisine. Today, approximately 40 companies are doing soy sauce manufacturing here and there are many unique soy stores located in the area. Some storehouses are too old and act as modified galleries and tea-houses. For more information, visit the website of a famous company with 100 years of history named ‘Yamato Soysauce & Miso Co.ltd. to know about different types of soy sauce and miso and their manufacturing techniques.
This handicraft center is located in the woods near the Yuwaku onsen and consists of old private houses. Here, you can view activities such as woodblock printing, dyeing, weaving etc. Exhibition of finished products takes place here every day. The best part of this center is you can do a variety of exchanges in the midst of nature. Training facilities and accommodation are provided. For more information, visit this website.
So, when you happen to be in the suburbs of Kanazawa, you can enjoy visiting these awesome places. Make sure not to miss them!