A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Takayama cafe....

Kanazawa welcome, in little fountains, and it tells the time!

Kenroku-en Garden tea house

Rocks and supported pine

Kenroku-en Garden tea house view...

Island pines Kenroku-en Garden

Lakeside tea house

Old Kenroku-en pines supported over water

Kenroku-en Garden tea houses

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

We had a bit of time before our trains to Kanazawa, so we wandered around town a bit more and did some shopping. There was some fantastic stuff - especially carved wood - but as usual all the best stuff was either too heavy, expensive, big, delicate, or all four.

We have come to Kanazawa primarily to see the famous Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan`s top three. I have to be honest, I was mildly disappointed, although it was at least another day without rain! Despite the crowds Kenroku-en was nice, even lovely in places, but not as nice as some much smaller gardens I`ve seen. Afterwards we looked at the remains of the local Castle and wandered around the small old-fashioned Nagamachi samurai district. Its warm again (though bearably), it had even got to the point in the mountains (which are absolutely gorgeous) that I was having to wear a fleece out in the evenings! And to end the day we side-stepped the difficulties of getting Erica reliably vegetarian food by eating Indian food again!

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