The ship arrived in Kanazawa, Japan, and we had to be processed through customs and immigration since our last stop was in South Korea. The system was orderly, and we were processed efficiently.

A shuttle bus was waiting for us when we exited the port terminal; it took us to the bus station in downtown Kanazawa. We had anticipated a standard-sized bus station, but this was an immense transportation hub catering to busses and trains running locally, regionally, and nationally. We found an information desk in the terminal, and they directed us to where to go to catch the bus we were looking for.

The terminal was filled with shops and restaurants, and people were everywhere. We went outside the station and found the pillar with the number 7 on it. We then waited patiently for our bus to arrive. Other busses were coming and going; announcements were being made in Japanese. Our bus finally arrived; we boarded and found a seat.

Kenrokuen Gardens

We got off the bus several stops later at the Kenrokuen Gardens stop. The ticket office and entrance to the garden were quite a walk from the bus stop, and a steep hill was involved. Entry fees were very reasonable, and Jim was able to get in for free because he was considered a “senior.”

Cherry blossom in Kanazawa, Japan.
Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan.
Walking path in Kenrokuen garden.

We explored the gardens for a couple of hours with many other people. The views of Kanazawa from the top of the hill were stunning.

View from on top of the hill in Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa, Japan.
View from Kenrokuen Garden

We loved all the cement statues dotting the gardens. We found some in the most unexpected of places.

Statue in Kenrokuen garden.
Statue in Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa, Japan.
Statues in garden.

Streams and ponds were numerous and scattered around the grounds.

Stream in garden.
Garden pond.
Waterfall in garden.

As well as pretty little bridges.

Bridge in Japanese garden.
Bridge railing over stream in garden.
Jim and Rosie in front of a garden pond.

Kanazawa Castle

Right next door to the gardens is Kanazawa Castle. Although we wandered the grounds, we chose not to go inside. The grounds were spread out and well-maintained.

Kanazawa Castle exterior.
Cherry tree on the grounds of the Kanazawa castle.
Front entrance of the Kanazawa castle.

Omicho Market

From the castle, we walked to the Omicho Market. It is filled with shops mainly selling fish and several stalls selling ready-to-eat food. The Market was bustling with families enjoying a meal or buying fish for their home.

Omicho Market entry.
Man cooking in a stall at the Omicho Market in Kanazawa, Japan.
Fish in the Omicho Market.


There was a shopping mall across the street from the Market, so we spent some time there. When we were done, we returned to the bus terminal and checked out all the stores in the area, including a little sweet shop called The German Bakery. Fueled with delicious baked goods, we shopped for warmer clothes for our upcoming stops in Alaska.

With limited shopping success, we hopped on the bus back to the port.