【Only 1 group per day】Guided Night Exploration of Kanazawa’s Samurai Culture

【Only 1 group per day】Guided Night Exploration of Kanazawa’s Samurai Culture


地名 金沢-Kanazawa-

Duration: 2 Hour(s) (approx.)
Location:kanazawa, Ishikawa

A local guide will guide you through the city of Kanazawa, which has a different face from the daytime.
It's a deeper experience than going through the local roads, which you can't see much in ordinary sightseeing.
This private tour will be suggested by your guide according to your interests, interests, and pace.
Of course, there are also themes and recommended courses for each season.
First of all, after joining the guide, we will have a brief hearing including the place where we will end, and then we will walk through Kanazawa's night, where you can feel the history.
*Since it is a private activity, even if you are not good at walking, we can make suggestions according to your pace.
*Transportation fees will be charged separately, but you can use a route bus or taxi on the way to travel efficiently.


In a much more silent and intimate atmosphere than that of daytime, you will walk in the castle town of Kanazawa, which holds lingering traces of the samurai era. You can also see old, historic Japanese monuments that still stand due to Kanazawa escaping the flames of war. Appreciate the differences between daytime and night-time and between the seasons, like cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in autumn. Please enjoy the magnificent views of Kanazawa while listening to the history of the city.

【Only 1 group per day】Guided Night Exploration of Kanazawa’s Samurai Culture

● A local guide will show you many lesser-known spots in Kanazawa.

● There are tons of picturesque photo spots to take advantage of!

● An English-speaking guide will provide all explanations, so language barriers will not be a problem.

● You can enjoy dynamic views as the seasons change.

● Learn about the samurai history of Kanazawa!


●Basic tour schedule

Meet in front of Mister Donut Kanazawa Musashi (near Omicho Market) (18:45) → Higashi tea house town → Otebori → Oyama Shrine → Nagamachi samurai residence ruins (2 hours/approx. 4.5km) → End near Korinbo (around 21:00)

●As this is a private tour, arrangements can be made.

・The guide will make suggestions when special light-ups are held on weekends or in accordance with the season!
・The dissolution place is not only around Korinbo, but can also meet the customer's request.
(Possible areas: Omicho market area, Higashi tea house area)
・Depending on the situation, we may use a route bus or taxi on the way. Please inquire about this before departure.
In that case, please note that all transportation expenses incurred during the tour will be borne by the customer.
If you have a free pass ticket for the bus that was used during the day, please bring it with you.
・Available places:
 Higashi Teahouse Town/Kazuemachi/Asanogawa Bridge/Plum Bridge/Otebori/Owari Town/Nagamachi samurai residence/Oyama Shrine
 Kanazawa Castle (*Limited to open days)/Gyokuseninmaru Garden (*Limited to open days)/Kenrokuen (*Limited to open days)

Owaricho/Kazuemachi-Chayagai/Higashi-Chayagai districts

You will first walk through Owaricho, the former economic center of Kanazawa during the samurai era, where many authentic and stately buildings remain.
The tour goes through a lively back alley to the Chayagai district. Then, following the calm and gently-lighted Asano riverside alley, you are shown to both Kazuemachi-Chayagai and Higashi-Chayagai districts.
While full of hustle and bustle in the daytime, Chayagai districts become mystical at night. If you strain your ears, you may hear a geisha's shamisen in the distance. The Asano River is an important river deeply involved with Kanazawa's history and lifestyle. Four bridges in different styles on the Asano River are illuminated, creating a majestic atmosphere.

Otebori Moat

Otebori is a moat lined with the stone walls that surround the Kanazawa Castle. The water has never been drained, so its appearance has not changed since the Edo Period. Also known as the "Stone Wall Museum," the stone walls surrounding the castle stand out when lit up at night. Enjoy the combination of its nighttime illumination and the magnificent scenery. In addition, seasonal expressions such as cherry blossoms in spring, autumn leaves in autumn are worth looking out for.

Oyama Shrine

Oyama Shrine, known with its peculiar Go-Shinmon Gate, is dedicated to Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga Domain. The particularity of the main gate, inspired by Japanese, Oriental, and Occidental styles, is marked by the stained glass mounted in it.

Nagamachi Bukeyashiki Samurai residences

The last stop will be the Nagamachi Bukeyashiki, where the old Samurai residences still remain and also where some citizens live. The elegance of the old streets with stone pavements and earthen walls will have you immersed in the ancient culture of Japan.

(After the end of the tour)
Depending on your request, it is possible to take you around to local restaurants. ※ The dinner charge is not included in the tour fees.

代金に含まれるもの-Included in price-


● Time:2 hours

● Meeting point:In front of Mister Donut Kanazawa Musashi Shop [MAP]
1F, Omicho-Ichibakan 88 Aokusamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken 920-0907
※The guide will be waiting for you holding a sign.
※Hotel pickup is not available.

● Access: 1.2 kilometers from JR Kanazawa station. (About 15-minute walk)
For bus, take Hokutetsu Bus No. 6 to 9 or "Machi-Bus" from Kanazawa Station East Exit.
If you get off at "Musashigatsuji" stop, right in front of the bus stop is Omicho Market.

● Language support:English, Japanese

● Included:English guide fee

● Excluded:meals, drinks

● Clothes:Please come in comfortable shoes for walking.

● Age requirement:Aged 12 and over

● Free Wi-Fi:X

● Toilet:〇(Japanese and Western-style)
※ There are several bathrooms on the tour course. They will be indicated to you during
the tour.

● Other things to note:
・ The temperature may get low at night during winter. Please take sufficient measures against the cold.
・ The tour may not be carried out due to meteorological conditions. You will be informed of the cancelation by 5 p.m. the day before, or on the day of the tour.
・ You can leave at any moment during the tour. Please inform the guide before leaving.
・ There are bathrooms and automatic vending machines on the tour course. However,
it is highly recommended to prepare your drinks and to use bathrooms before the
tour begins.
・ Please follow the guide's instructions, as the roads may be dark or narrow.
・ Expecting mothers can attend the tour. However, please take your physical conditions
into consideration before making reservations.
・ The tour starts at 7 p.m. from April to November, and at 6 p.m. from December.



7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred
in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.


【Only 1 group per day】Guided Night Exploration of Kanazawa’s Samurai Culture

【Only 1 group per day】Guided Night Exploration of Kanazawa’s Samurai Culture

Extremely Dissatisfied

Rated 1 out of 5

On our tour we walked the streets of Nagamachi Bukeyashiki, then walked to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and through the garden of Oyama Shrine.

It would be helpful for the guide to check what the customer knows about Samurai culture when starting the tour. We knew very little and yet all we learned was that their houses have mud walls, large gardens and there is a gate for the samurai to enter the property.

The level of information provided was underwhelming. We had been in Kanazawa 4 hours so I thought this would’ve been a good introduction to the city’s culture.

The guide could also check what pace you’d like to take the tour. If we stopped to take a photo we would need to walk even faster to catch up with her.

A couple of times we were taken places that were closed when we got there so it would be helpful if the guides were across changes in opening times.

After 1hr 10 mins we requested to finish the tour as we were close by our hotel and we didn’t feel that we learned about the history of samurai culture, or saw lesser-known spots of Kanazawa.

We hope this feedback can lead to improvements in your tours.

Kirsty and Paul Kennedy

Extremely Satisfied!

Rated 5 out of 5

This was a great tour full of amazing history discussions and helpful tips on what to do during your visit. A must do for first timers in Kanazawa!

Miki was a phenomenal guide and gave us a very warm welcome.

Highly recommended! I suggest doing this tour on your first day and then leaving time on your second day to explore some of Miki’s recommended spots.

Neeru Gahoonia

We really enjoyed it!

Rated 5 out of 5

We just wanted to say that we loved the tour and Kazu was amazing! We really enjoyed it! Thank you 🙂

Kim Mosel