All posts tagged: Kanazawa

24 Hours in Kanazawa, Japan

Taking a zen-filled stroll through Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, one of the top three gardens in a country that knows a thing or two about how to grow and prune, I see some commotion up ahead behind a little arched bridge Monet regrettably didn’t quite get around to. After venturing closer it becomes clear: it’s just a group of male gardeners, gumboot deep, sweeping the water in unison. I should be surprised. And I am. OK, baffled. But in the less than 24 hours I spent in Kanazawa, a city I almost bypassed and was Tripadvised to, I saw a library made of porthole windows, peered into a swimming pool to see dry people staring back, and ate one of Japan’s biggest rarities: TOAST (with kiwi fruit spread), so i was able to shrug off the prospect of a wet broom closet pretty easily. STAY: Hotel Pacific is a great little budget boutique hotel. Think white walls and bed spreads, hanging plants, black and white framed photographs, cafe in the reception with great coffee, toast …