Around No-machi, Tera-machi, Nodayama and Kodatsuno
Nishi Chaya District
One of the Three Chaya Districts of Kanazawa The Nishi Chaya District is one of the three geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) districts of Kanazawa, and located 500 m away from the Saigawa Ohashi Bridge in the central part of the city. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment. You can find a number of two-story wooden chaya
Myoryuji Temple was built as a prayer place of the Kaga Domain soon after Lord Maeda Toshiie, founder of the Kaga Domain, moved to Kanazawa Castle. Later, in preparation for an emergency attack of the central government (Tokugawa Shogunate), the Maeda family considered the temples in Tera-machi as a shield. Then the family added a number of functions to
One of the Three Temple Districts of Kanazawa The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, gathered temples in three areas when the family built the castle town. Approximately 70 temples are located close together in the Tera-machi Temple Area. Comparatively big temples are located
Nodayama is a hilly area located in the southeast part of the city of Kanazawa. The elder brother of Lord Maeda Toshiie, founder of the Kaga Domain, was buried here at the end of the 16th century. After that, the graves of the family for generations including Maeda Toshiie were made around the summit, and their vassals and townspeople's graves were made in the lower part.
Daijoji Temple is a Zen temple that is located halfway up Nodayama. After the construction of this temple in 1262, the temple moved to its present location through the change of times in the latter half of the 17th century. The gate of the temple leads to a Buddha hall, kitchen, meditation hall, and lecture hall that are connected through a corridor. This temple is still a
The Kodatsuno Temple Area is one of the temple districts in Kanazawa, crowded with more than 30 temples and shrines. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas), collected shrines and temples in these districts.
Kodatsuno area is southeastern part of Kenrokuen Garden. You will see many temples and
Maeda Toshitsune, the 3rd Lord of the Maeda family, married to Tamahime, a granddaughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first shogun) in order to keep good a relationship with the central government (Tokugawa Shogunate). Tentokuin Temple was constructed as the family temple of Tamahime in the first half of the 17th century. The solemn gate of the temple that has been