Kanazawa Walking tours

Our most recommended Kanazawa Walking tours

Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

1. Kanazawa Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once the supplier has received your booking, they’ll get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. The right loca is hand-pickedl for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides that we work with (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Kanazawa, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

2. Kanazawa: Private Tour with Local Guide

Discover the beautiful town of Kanazawa on a fully customizable tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Kanazawa and begin your adventure. Visit Kenroku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and stroll through the garden of a feudal lord which took years to complete. Afterward, head to Kanazawa Castle Park and visit Kanazawa Castle. Discover impressive buildings and gardens which been successfully and accurately reconstructed in recent years. Then, enjoy lunch at Omicho Market and be amazed by the selection of fresh fish and local vegetables at "Kanazawa's Kitchen". Then, proceed to the Chaya District for a leisurely walking tour. See the area of Higashi Chaya known for its architecture retaining the grace of the Edo Era with its many miso stores, rice shops, and teahouses serving wagashi confections. Visit stores that practice the traditional folkcraft of Kanazawa and the Kaga Yuzen art of dyed fabrics.

Kanazawa: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

3. Kanazawa: Private Food Tasting Walking Tour

Taste your way through the city center of Kanazawa as a private guide leads you through its streets on foot to sample local delicacies. Head to Kanazawa Station’s iconic Tsuzumi Gate after meeting your guide, and peer into the area’s bustling shops and cafes. Make your way down the main road to Omicho Market, the “Kitchen of Kanazawa," and join locals jostling their way through the 180 stands. Sample some of the best street food in the city, such as fried squid skewers. Take a break from feasting to explore Katamachi, a vibrant downtown shopping district that has plenty of neon-lit pubs, clubs, bars, and live music venues. Savor Kanazawa-style pork curry or Hanton rice at a no-frills restaurant. Squeeze in some sightseeing at Kanazawa Castle before indulging in a decadent specialty: glittering gold leaf ice-cream. Stop off at a dimly-lit izakaya (casual Japanese pub) to taste some of Japan’s freshest sashimi with a cold beer. Conclude the tour with a peaceful stroll to Oyama Shrine, known for its Dutch-style stained glass. Take a few extra minutes if desired to explore the famous Nishi Chaya geisha district.

Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

4. Kanazawa: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

This Kanazawa Geisha District tour will introduce you to this beautiful and intriguing quarter of Kanazawa city’s long held culture and charm. Allow your guide to take you down the enchanting back streets to visit the less commercial aspects of this charming tea district. Where untouched enclaves take you back to samurai times when this entertainment district was in its heyday.  The Kanazawa Samurai District tour takes you back in time to one of the best preserved Samurai Districts in Japan. The streets are lined with mud and straw walls encapsulating the unspoiled extravagance of the Samurai era. Let your guide take you through this romantic enclave on a trip back in time with this tour. Feel the power and influence of the Lords of Kanazawa by visiting the Kanazawa Castle grounds and park area. View the beautiful white lead roof tiles, touch the formidable Ishikawa Mon gate, and enjoy the tranquility of Lord Maeda’s personal gardens. The defenses and grounds were constructed over hundreds of years as the country changed from war to peace, making them a combination of the best craftsmanship, ingenuity and design of the Edo period. Join the tour to make sure you don’t miss anything on your trip though this historical and political center of Kanazawa.

Kanazawa Night Tour With Full Course Meal

5. Kanazawa Night Tour With Full Course Meal

On this night tour, see another side of Kanazawa. You'll be taken on a guided tour of Kanazawa's own geisha district after dark. Learn about the mysteries and myths of this old quarter.  Share and learn about the intrigue of this enclave over dinner and drinks with fellow travelers at one of Kanazawa's most traditional restaurants. Be treated to an extravagant full-course set dinner (choice of 6) and two drinks. Itinerary: - 18:00 Meet at the rendezvous point. Detailed Night Tour of the geisha district - 19:00 Enjoy a full-course dinner and drinks - 20:30 The rest of the night is yours

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What people are saying about Kanazawa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Masayo is more than I’ve could have asked for. She was super supportive with all my wishes and she adapted all places which I wanted to visit. She almost knows everyone in Kanazawa, which is great as the locals recognize her and obe time we could enter a Geisha house eventhough it was closing in 5min… She also took a lit of pictures of me with my phone so i could upload them on my instagram. She loved it to support. She has a great knowledge of all the places we’ve visited. I highly recommend a Kanazawa tour with her! Much love, Sandra

Yukari was a fabulous guide - knowledgeable, flexible, patient, delightful and fun. Her English is excellent, she knows her city and shared lots of great information and stories, and had a good sense of humor. All in all, I felt like a made a new friend! Yukari is a wonderful asset to your company and I highly recommend her as a guide,

Hana was a terrific guide For our family of teens and tweens. We only gave her vague guidance and she whisked us off to the samurai houses and then on to the food hall in the dept store. Hana guided us all through the wide array of sweets and pickles and other treats we didn’t recognise. It was a great way to spend the morning!

Shirai-san is a local guide that speaks English well and was very knowledgeable about her home city. We learned a lot about how the Kenrokuen gardens were created, and could easily imagine how things were like in the Samurai era. Highly recommended.

The tour guide knew her stuff and took me around the Geisha district and notable Kanazawa temples. very informative and lovely guide which made the experience more enjoyable.