Kanazawa is located in the northwest of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Kanazawa is also the capital of the Prefecture. The city is known for having lots of fun excursions, most of which are museums.
Therefore, not a few people call it the city of a thousand museums. When you come here, you will find many museums in every corner of the city. However, some of the museum tours below are arguably the most popular in Kanazawa.
- Dolls Museum
As the name implies, the Dolls Museum is dedicated to a wide variety of Japanese dolls. The number of dolls stored in this museum is about 600 types, ranging from dolls that are only for toys to ceremonial ones that have their history.
The dolls are placed on several floors and arranged by type or region. If you visit this museum, you will get green tea before starting to tour the entire area and area of this museum.
- D.T. Suzuki Museum
D.T. The Suzuki Museum is a small museum built to honor the work of a prominent Buddhist philosopher, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. The museum was completed and officially opened to the public in 2011.
Inside the museum, there are many writings of DT Suzuki that allow visitors to learn and understand more about his philosophy. In addition, the unique architecture of this museum interprets the life and religion of DT Suzuki.
- Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
You need to know, that Kanazawa is the largest gold leaf producer in Japan. The gold leaf is said to have been Kanazawa’s wealth since ancient times. Of course, that is why the Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum was founded.
The museum presents the manufacturing process and equipment used to make gold leaf. At least, there are about 300 collectibles, most of which date back to Japan’s early modern period, the Edo era, to the present day.
- Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
The Kanazawa Phonograph Museum displays more than 500 phonographs or devices used to play music from the 1870-1980s. The collection is spread over three floors, each floor having its type and background.
Apart from exhibiting the entire collection of photographs, the museum also regularly hosts various festivals or performances. You can find jazz performances to piano concerts that can be held at least once a month.
- Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum
This museum dedicated to the history and culture of Ishikawa Prefecture is located in a former Pacific War armory that was converted into a museum in 1986. The museum consists of two buildings, the History Discovery Hall and the Hands-on Interaction Hall.
The History Discovery Hall displays Ishikawa’s development from prehistoric times to the present. Meanwhile, the Hands-on Interaction Hall is used to provide deeper insight to the visitors who come.
There are many other museums in Kanazawa. However, these five museums have the highest rating and could be your first choice when visiting Japan someday.