This morning J.J. and I took the circular city bus to visit the Nishi-chayamachi (The West Entertainment District), and Teramachi (Temple District) where there are more than 50 temples.
The most interesting and the most visited is the Shoukyuzan Myuoryuji Temple. Founded in 1643, this temple is also known as the "Ninja Temple", because of its complex structure with many stairs and maze-like corridors. One is required to make a reservation in order to join the guided tour of the temple. J.J. and I passed. The Disneyland-like atmosphere, in my opinion, is very not conducive to a temple visitation.
is a traditional celebration for 3, 5 and 7 year-old girls and boys. Held annually on November 15 it is a rites of passage, to commemorate the growth and well-being of young children.
The city of Kanazawa, like most of Japan, is tidy and clean with contemporary architecture co-existing with the traditional Japanese buildings. In addition to visiting the temples, there is so much to see and learn here. I would definitely add Kanazawa to a list of cities J.J. and I would revisit.
Aloha -- Cathi