The Rainy City Is Kanazawa
Kanazawa is not only the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture but also the economic and cultural center of Hokuriku (Ishikawa, Toyama, and Fukui). In the 17th and 19th centuries, Kanazawa was well under the control of the powerful feudal Kaga Domain, and the well-established Kanazawa was never affected by war or major natural disasters. Thus Kanazawa kept the complete heritage and traditional craft culture all these years.
But Kanazawa, which is also known for it being one of Japan's rainy cities, has a saying, "You can forget to bring your lunch, but don't forget your umbrella." Which can only give you an idea of how much it rains.
This time, JAPANKURU will bring everyone to the rainy Kanazawa to find a place to hide (from the rain) - Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa (三井ガーデンホテル金沢)
- The chain hotel Mitsui Garden series is very well known to Japanese people. Comfortable and spacious are always a priority for those visiting Japan which is why this hotel is a popular choice among foreigners, especially Westerners. The hotel is also not far from JR Kanazawa station which works well in the sense that Kanazawa rains a lot. Not only is it easy to get to from Kanazawa Station, but it is also within a 10-minute walk to Kanazawa's largest fresh food market Omicho Market.
Recently we have visited many different Mitsui Garden Hotels around Japan, and each are different in their own way. Each of the rooms and interior is decorated with art and color schemes that combine the local characteristics. Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa's particular scheme is that of Edo and Kanazawa's famous gold leaf.
Plenty of Kanazawa installation art
Kanazawa local cuisine for breakfast
Kanazawa's gold leaf can also be found in the room
How to Get to Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa?
◆Walk: The distance between Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa and JR Kanazawa Station is about 1/2 mile (1km), and it takes nearly 20 minutes on foot.
◆Bus: From Kanazawa Station get on at No. 8 stop, get off at Minamicho・Oyama Shrine stop. The bus stop is right in front of the hotel.
◆Taxi: You can get there from Kanazawa Station within 10 minutes for less than 1000 yen.
Kanazawa Station, once selected as one of the world's most beautiful stations
The bus stop at the entrance of the hotel
Hotel Lobby Full of Kanazawa Style
As mentioned above, the interior design of the Mitsui Garden series will vary on the local culture, and Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa is decorated with gold leaf to give you the fullness of the Kanazawa style. There are many works related to Kanazawa to be seen here.
- As soon as you walk into the hotel lobby, the calm color and the wooden aroma bring out the overall low-key and gorgeous texture. The lobby is truly beautiful. Since Kanazawa does rain so much, if you go to the front counter you can borrow an umbrella from the hotel for free.
Name of the work: Heiwa no Norimono (へいわののりもの), symbolizing the meaning of peace
Beautiful Kanazawa Edo decor
Hotel umbrella rental service
Room Type 1: Hakuza Gold Leaf Concept Room
One of Kanazawa's representatives, gold leaf, has its own concept suite at the hotel known as the Hakuza Gold Leaf Room
As the name implies, this is a suite with a gold leaf concept. All around the room is gold leaf/gold leaf color scheme; wallpaper, glasses and mugs, the vanity mirror, small utensils, etc. It doesn't stop there though, only in the gold leaf room will you be provided with gold leaf toiletries. The brand of the toiletries is a famous gold leaf brand in Kanazawa by the name of HAKUZA
. You are of course able to take them home with you! In addition to that, there is a pod coffee machine in the room, which is a nice plus for coffee drinkers.
Beautifully designed, spacious gold leaf room
Only in the this concept room will you be surrounded by "kinpaku" (gold leaf)
Gold leaf body care brand HAKUZA
UCC capsule coffee makers & coffee pods
Room Type 2: Superior Twin Room
The regular rooms are just as beautiful and comfortable. Rather than taking the gold leaf concept, their regular rooms take on the traditional craftsmanship of Kanazawa. It is worth mentioning that the beds have an original Mitsui Garden pillow that super comfortable and made to help those who use it get a better nights sleep. Amenities are of course included, just not the same as the ones you will find in the Hakuza Gold Leaf rooms.
Traditional Edo design in the room
Public Bath with a View of the City
There is a large Japanese bathhouse on the 13F, one for women and one for men, that is free for those staying at the hotel. Due to the floor-to-ceiling windows face the Kanazawa Castle Park, there are no tall buildings in the way giving you an endless view. It is particularly beautiful in the morning where you can see the sunrise shining over the park. The night view is also something to enjoy.
They get the water from one of Japan's leading radium hot springs, Tochiomata Onsen. The radium minerals are said to be primarily effective in activating better blood flow, improving the metabolism, and boosts the body's immunity system.
◆Opening hours: 6am～9am / 3pm～1am (following day)
Kanazawa Style Breakfast
The breakfast here offers many views of Ishikawa Prefecture, from the produce included in the food to the traditional Kutani porcelain the food is served in. The breakfast is primarily a Japanese style breakfast, but the food offered is very varied. There are some dishes that are a must try like Kanazawa's famous "oden" (おでん), which is a one-pot dish that consists of many ingredients such as boiled eggs, konjac, Japanese radish (daikon), and more. Along with "shabu-shabu" (しゃぶしゃぶ), that is served with famous Ishikawa pork.
Elegant dining space
Kyoto isn't the only place that is filled with culture and tradition.
Kanazawa has a unique story of its own too, and we think Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa does its best to incorporate that.
Location is also super important when it comes to deciding a hotel, so below we will mention a few of Kanazawa's famous tourist sights and what is close to the hotel.
◆Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa
Check-in 3pm / Check-out 11am
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Kanazawa Sightseeing Spots near the Hotel
There are so many attractions in Kanazawa that are worth visiting.
Here are some of the main attractions that are within walking distance 30 minutes from Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa.
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