Exploring the Ancient City of Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa is a beautifully-preserved feudal city from the Edo Period of Japan (1603-1868). It is on the Sea of Japan and is reasonably remote but has recently been linked to Tokyo by the bullet train, and is now reachable within a few hours. Kanazawa has the famous Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. The feudal lords of Kanazawa decided to invest in culture, rather than the military, and this investment is still evident around the city when you visit this great Japanese city.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • Richard Story, A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)
  • John McBride, Notes on Kanazawa, and suggested walking routes (copies will be distributed online ahead of time)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Brief history of Kanazawa.
  • Three walks in Kanazawa, the West and East Temple districts and from the Castle/Kenroku-en to the Samurai district.
  • Other outstanding symbols of Kanazawa to be visited include Gyokusen Garden and places of interest to the haiku poet Matsuo Basho.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Plan your own visit to Kanazawa.
  2. Enjoy walking the old streetscapes of Kanazawa.
  3. Be aware of the long history of Kanazawa as you visit the City’s great monuments.
$39 Limited

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08 Feb

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