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Japan 2016 – Day 7

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25 February 2016

Kanazawa

I don’t think doing Kanazawa as a day trip from Tokyo is a magnificent idea… But as I was on my own and had a JR Pass, I figured why not?


There were some pretty views of the countryside as the bullet train hurtled towards Kanazawa.


Interesting small castle sort of thing there.


Snow! So much snow. I believe the train passes Nagano at some point. As Nagano once hosted the winter Olympics, I’m not surprised by the amount of snow in the region.


A seaside town with snow-covered roofs.


This Tsuzumi gate at the east entrance of the JR Kanazawa station is quite a landmark…


Took a bus to the Higashi-chaya district, which is rather like Kyoto’s Higashiyama area, but with what felt like slightly different architecture to me.


This is the “Storehouse of Gold” at one of the shops in Higashi-chaya. The wall is covered in gold leaf and it was so shiny.


A quiet side street.


This place is far less crowded than Kyoto’s equivalent, that’s for sure.


A doorway I found charming.


The Asano River.


The Kanazawa Castle Park


Good to know. XD


I paid a visit to the vaunted Kenroku-en, supposedly one of the (if not the) most beautiful gardens in all Japan.


I do like views like these – tall trees with lots of shade.


I can see why people would call this a beautiful park.


Plum blossoms!


Almost as charming as cherry blossoms!


If there’s one thing I really love about first-world countries like Japan and England, it’s their beautiful parks and gardens.


So those tent-like ropes and stuff… They’re suppose to protect the trees from heavy snowfall. I guess they break up the chunks of snow?


Some far-off snow-capped hills.


Kanazawa is very like Kyoto in terms of being famous for cultural heritage. There were quite a few people walking around in kimono here too.


Sigh. So much wonderfully-kept greenery.


These ladies were having a drink at the teahouse.


I liked the inadvertent grouping of boys in blue and girls in red here XD

After hurrying back from Kanazawa, I moved from the Super Lohas Hotel at Tokyo Station to one of the airport hotels so that I could catch my morning flight back the next day. And that was the end of my 2016 Japan trip! I need to go back… haha

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