Kanazawa, Noto Peninsula, and Other Cities

Discover secrets on the places in and around Kanazawa City,
where are located on the other side of Japan's east coast!
Jump in a Hokuriku-Shinkansen bullet train at JR Tokyo station, 
or fly from Haneda, Fukuoka, Taipei, or more airports, to get!

Of course, it’s important to relax and enjoy the food while you are in Ishikawa! Try some local food at excellent Ryoteis or popular Izakayas, or go to an ethnic restaurant. You can find many varieties, such as Chinese, Korean, and Indian if you are in the mood!

Tempura House

by Ryotei Kinjohro

Kanazawa City  
Higashiyama Area

Tenkane [料亭金城楼天麩羅専門店 天金]

Tenkane is owned by the cuisine-ryokan Kinjohro. They have only seven counter seats that you can see the skilled chef cooking tempura in front of you. Handpicked ingredients, such as fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, or seasonal vegetables, will be lightly battered and freshly fried. This will amuse you while you are waiting for your meal.

2-23, Hashibacho, Kanazawa
Tel 076-224-2467


Open: 11:00-14:00 (last call 14:00); 17:00-20:00 (last call 20:00); closed Wednesdays, every first and third Thursday.
Menu: Lunch Time Course Tempura: Kikyo 5,000 yen; Sakura 10,000 yen / Dinner Time Course Tempura: Sakura 10,000 yen; Kuroyuri 15,000 yen (Tax not included)
Credit cards: Most accepted
Languages: Limited English spoken
# of seats: 7 (counter seats only)
Reservation recommended
Free wi-fi

Sushi Bar


Kanazawa City  
Katamachi Area 

Ippei Sushi [一平鮨]

Who says sushi bars have to be expensive? The moment you slide back the entrance door to be greeted by the cheerful chef and kimono-clad okamisan (mistress) you'll find yourself won over by this authentic and reasonably priced sushi bar. You can just point the ingredients on display, such as Buri (yellowtail), Saba (mackerel), Anago (sea eel) and etc., then the skilled chef will make fresh sushi immediately just in front of you! Don't forget to try thick omelette as well!

1-5-29, Kata-machi, Kanazawa 
Phone 076-261-8674


Open: 18:00-1:00; closed Sundays and national holidays
Language: English and Japanese menu; Limited English spoken
Budget: 1,400-3,000 yen (Tax not included in prices.)
Credit cards: Not accepted
Free Wifi

Restaurant & Sweets Bar


Kanazawa City
Kenrokuen Area

Kenjotei [茶屋 見城亭]

The name Kenjotei literally means a “castle-viewing house”. It’s located just next to Katsurazakaguchi toll booth in Kenrokuen garden. They offer you great views of Kanazawajo castle from its wide, window seating area. Enjoy an excellent meal or a simple coffee break on the second floor, or just grab a dessert at their sweets bar on the first floor!

1-19, Kenrokumachi, (Edomachidori street in Kenrokuen), Kanazawa
Tel 076-263-7141 / E-mail


Recommended menu: Vanilla flavored soft serve covered with a gold leaf 1000 yen (1F “Grab and Go” Sweets Bar); Kanazawa lunch box 2160 yen, Jibuni udon noodle 1000 yen (2F Cafe & Restaurant) *Tax included / Open: 9:00-17:00 (open everyday)
Credit cards: Most accepted
Languages: Limited English spoken; English menu
Free wi-fi

Geisha House & Cafe


Kanazawa City 
Higashi Chayagai District

Kaikaro [懐華樓]

Though Kaikaro is also known for their strict, referral-based admittance policy or “ichigensan okotowari” for evening performances, you can take a house tour of this traditional building during the daylight hours. You’ll see Nightingale floors, a golden Tatami room, and numerous other amazing architectural elements in the traditional geisha house built in 1820. It has actually received the highest rating from Michelin travel guides.

1-14-8, Higashiyama, Kanazawa
Tel 076-253-0591 / E-mail


Entrance fee: 750 yen (Entrance only) / 1,200 yen (Entrance fee, green tea and Japanese sweets)
Credit cards: Most accepted at the gift shop
Open: 9:00-17:00
Languages: Limited English spoken
Free wi-fi


historically customized western cuisine

Kanazawa City 
Higashi Chayagai District

Restaurant JIYUKEN [自由軒]

Conveniently situated in the Higashi Chayagai geisha district, this long-established Yoshoku (historically customized western cuisine) restaurant has always been popular among the locals and tourists. They utilize handpicked local ingredients, and it's hard to go wrong with any of their fairly priced dishes served by a friendly staff.

1-6-6, Higashiyama, Kanazawa
Phone 076-252-1996


Open: weekdays 11:30-15:00 (last call) / 17:00-21:00 (last call); weekends and national holidays 11:30-15:00 (last call) / 16:30-21:00 (last call); closed Tuesdays and every third Monday
Language: English and Japanese menu
Budget: 1,000-2,000 yen
Credit cards: Only Visa Card accepted

Southern American Bar & Café (smoke-free, English speaking)


Kanazawa City 
Katamachi Area

KANAME BAR & CAFE [カナメバー & カフェ]

Located in downtown Tatemachi Street, this dive-inspired bar specialises in comfort food and unpretentious cocktails; with frequent specials, seasonal favourites and imported beers. Live performances and social events in Japanese and English happen monthly. Check the facebook page for the upcoming events! Guests of Kaname Hostel recieve a discount on their bill.

B1, 14-1 Tatemachi, Kanazawa
Tel 076-222-2272 / E-mail


Open: 12pm–1am Mon,Tue, Thu, Fri.; 12pm-2am Sat.; 12pm-10pm Sun.; Closed Wednesday.
Recommended menu: Triple Fried Steak Fries 500 yen. Espresso Martini: 1100 yen. Range of domestic and imported craft beer: from 600 yen.
Budget: 2000 yen *No seating charge.
Credit cards: VISA and MasterCard accepted.
Languages: English and Japanese menu; Native English Staff. 
Free wi-fi