Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture

Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa
will be open March 14, 2015. The shinkansen station will have two island platforms serving four tracks.
At the time of its opening, it will be the terminus of the line, with an expected transit time of two hours
and thirty minutes to Tokyo (compared to four hours currently). Long-term plans call for the route to be
extended first to Tsuruga, and eventually, Osaka.

Kanazawa station and express train to Osaka (L)金沢駅構内(R)金沢駅に停車している大阪行き特急列車

Motenashi Dome of A new Kanazawa station and its explanation: Motenashi, or omotenashi, means Japanese hospitality.

(L) Tsuzumimon, the east-side main entrance to Kanazawa station (R) The west-side plaza of Kanazawa station
(L) 金沢駅東口 (R) 金沢駅西口広場

An underground square of Kanazawa station and a stairway to the JR Kanazawa station

Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa 兼六園公園

(L) A guide map of Kenroku-en and Kanazawa Castle Park (R) A view of Iouzen mountain ranges in the distance
(L) 兼六園および金沢城地図 (R) 兼六園から見渡す山々

(L) The main entrance to Kenroku-en Garden (R) There is a thin ice on the surface observed at Kenroku-en garden.
(L) 兼六園正面入口 (R) 薄氷をはりつめた石壺

(L) Uchihashi-tei Tea House, Kasumi Pond (R) The Karasaki pine-tree is originated at Karasaki of Biwa lakeside.
(L) 霞ヶ池 (R) 唐崎松の雪吊り

(M) The Kotoji Toro, a two-legged stone lantern that is one of the most well-known symbols of the Kenrokuen
(R) This fountain is used the 3.5 meter drop from Kasumi pond. This is believed the oldest fountain in Japan.
(M) 唐崎松とその雪吊り
(R) 日本最古と言われている落差を利用した噴水

兼六園(石川県) 兼六園(けんろくえん)は、金沢市にある日本庭園で、広さは約11.7ヘクタール。17世紀中期、加賀藩に

(L) Kasumi Pond (R) Koi, a common carp, jostles together, hoping for food.
(L) 霞ヶ池(R) 鯉の群れ

A view from the Flower-viewing Bridge 冬の花見橋

Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights
of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan
(the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation.
From its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords' gardens in Japan.

Kanazawa Castle 金沢城

Ishida Mitsunari, a samurai of the late Sengoku period of Japan. He is probably best remembered as the commander
of the Western army in the Battle of Sekigahara following the Azuchi-Momoyama period of the 17th century.

Maeda Toshinaga, a Japanese daimyo, the powerful feudal lords, who was the second head of the Kaga Domain.
He was the eldest son of Maeda Toshiie.

Kanazawa castle and Ishikawa-mon Gate

(L) A beautuful stone wall of Kanazawa Castle (R) Ishikawa-mon gate was rebuilt in 1788 after conflagation.
(L) 美しい金沢城の石垣 (R) 石川門、1788年に再建

Kurogane-mon gate 雪の残る城内

(L) The upper floor of Kahoku-mon gate (R) Exterior of Kahoku-mon gate
(L) 菱櫓・五十間長屋 (R) 河北門

The traditional construction method and the roles of the castle in those days are introduced in the buildings.

Hishi Yagura Turret 菱櫓

(L) Hishi Yagura (R) A guide map of Gojikken Nagaya (90-yard-long warehouse)
(L) 菱櫓 (R) 五十間長屋配置図

(L) Stone dropping windows (R) The interior of newly built Gojikken Nagaya
(L) 出窓石落とし (R) 五十間長屋内部

Kahoku-mon gate 河北門

In 1583, Lord Maeda Toshiie, who was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's first retainer, moved to Kanazawa. The Maeda family
resided in Kanazawa Castle and governed the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) for more than
280 years henceforth. The castle tower was burned down by a fire in the past and has not been rebuilt, but
other fortress buildings were reconstructed repeatedly.

The Ishikawamon Gate, which was rebuilt in 1788, and the Sanjikken Nagaya (50-yard-long warehouse), which
was rebuilt in 1858, still remain. Both of them have been designated as Japan's important cultural assets. The place
was repaired in 1996, and the Hishiyagura (diamond-shaped turret), Gojikken Nagaya (90-yard-long warehouse),
and Hashizumemon Tsuzuki Yagura (turret protecting the nearby gate) were restored and the park opened.

In the time of the Maeda family, moats surrounded Kanazawa Castle. The castle had a fort function with loopholes
for matchlocks on the outer wall to defend the castle from enemies. The beautiful white tiles that grace
the roof are weathered lead and the wall is made of white mortar with flat tiles attached to it.
The stone walls vary in type with each place, and it is apparent that the stonewalls were built in separate periods.
The stone walls include those built more than 400 years ago.

Reference: Kanazawa City Tourism Association


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開業したことである。現在、高崎駅 - 上越妙高駅間はJR東日本が、上越妙高駅 - 金沢駅間はJR西日本が運営している。





執筆 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written and photography was taken in January 2015,
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