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We love this small intriguing city, and we all  love free but also worthwhile stuff.  I would like to introduce “7 free things to do in Kanazawa” especially in this Summer ! They are popular seasonal events for local too so you’d better to get ready for crowds.

Kenroku-en and Kanazawa castle

 

summer-Kenrokuen

①『Day time free entrance of  Kenroku-en 』 sights

It could be better to visit by bus or public transportation not by car as it could be hard to find parking space near Kenroku-en  especially during this period.

【DATE】 TUE. 14th. ~THU. 16th. August 7:00~18:00

【SITE】 Kenroku-en

 

②『 Enjoying full-moon light in Kenroku-en( 名月と涼む夏の庭)』li  evening sights

Gently illuminated Kenroku-en in the evening for enjoying the full moon-light.. at FREE !

【DATE 】 Thu. 18th ~Sat. 20. Aug.2016  18:30~21:00( better to enter untill 8:00)

【 SITE 】 Kenroku-en

 

③『Light -up mini concert at Gyokusenin maru-teien, Kanazawa castle (金沢城 玉泉院丸庭園 )』 free concert

The concert will be performed by “ Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa’’ and their string quartet. Gyokusenin maru- teien is  just re-opened on March 2015 for the first time in 103 years. As it is thought that the garden served primarily as a courtyard for the domain lord, rather than being used for entertaining guests, like Kenrokuen Garden.

【DATE】 Thu. 18th ~ Sat. 20th Aug. 2016

【SITE 】 Gyokusenin maru- teien at Kanazawa castle Park (金沢城玉泉院丸庭園)

【SCHEDULE】2 times between about 19:30 〜20:40 each day ( the detail has not been announced yet)

【ABOUT 】The map and detail of the Gyokusenin maru-garden ( Kanazawa castle and Kenroku-en’s official site)

 


④『Kanazawa night museum 2016』 event 

Culturally rich  Kanazawa has 17 museums in the city. They will open in the evening too only Summer time ! (the entrance will be apply) some of them are free for this special even. I’d like to introduce the opening free event at this time.

img via 金沢ナイトミュージアム公式サイト
img via 金沢ナイトミュージアム公式サイト

【DATE 】Fri. 22nd.July  〜Sun. 23rd. Oct.2016

【SITE 】17 museums in Kanazawa city

【 FEE 】 it depends on the museum and events

 

《 OPENING EVENT 》free event

Countless luminous balls decorates  『Honda no mori- Park』near Kenrokuen. You might able to get free glowing balloon at the event ( Itis limited number so better to go ealy )*There is no parking for this event

【DATE 】 Fri. 22nd. July   19:30~21:00
※ This event will be hold in light rain but it will be postponed on 23rd if it is rough weather.

【SITE】 Hondano mori park / Kanazawa nakamura memorial museum

 

【FEE】FREE

【ABOUT】the detail of Kanazawa night museum from the official website ( Japanese)

 

Take a Free Tour Guide

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⑤『Kanazawa Goodwill Guide Network(KGGN)』 private  tours

 

In tours category on TripAdvaiser, it is ranked the 2nd and also visitors rated all 5 star excellent comments.

I recommend to take your private tour in Kanazawa to have more unforgettable experience for all seasons.

 

【Where are they ?】

Kanazawa Tourist Information Center at JR Kanazawa Station

【 Opening hours】

8:30 -19:00 (open year round)

【 Services at the information desk 】

・They offers information about Kanazawa sightseeing spots, public transportation, shopping, restaurants, souvenirs and lodging.
・Information available about other regions in Ishikawa prefecture — such as Kaga and Noto and also in neighboring prefectures as well: Tateyama, Shirakawago, Takayama, and Eihei-ji Temple.
・Kanazawa city maps in 7 languages and has a range of sightseeing brochures.

 

【 How to book private tour 】

  1. Contact them via

   Phone +81-076-232-3933  or
Fax +81-076-225-7210  or
E-mail for inquiry kggn@po4.nsk.ne.jp
E-mail for guide application kggn.guide.committee@gmail.com

 2.Check lists before you book: 

   ・ They will process your application up to three months in advance, but no later than 2 weeks prior to your visit.

  ・ Services are free of charge. These, however, are given with the understanding that the person requesting guide services will cover the expenses of the guide, will include:
(a) transportation fees,entrance fees
(b) lunch (when traveling together over lunch time )

  ・ basic service/tour time  9:00 – 17:00 

   ・Neither KGGN nor guides can be held responsible for accidents or damage incurred during the tour.

   ・If more than 1 group requests guides for the same course, they may combine groups and travel together.

   ・The service you request will only be available if we can find the appropriate guide(s) and if you agree to the terms and conditions of our service.

   ・They do not provide services for travel agencies or any such companies.

 

Fireworks in Kanazawa

 

⑥『Hokkoku Hanabi 2016 Kanazawaset off 12,000 fireworks

北国花火2016

The biggest fireworks in Kanazawa city. It would be  spectacular to see “star mine ” , “continued 1,000 fireworks “, ” Taki-jikake / water fall trick ” and etc…

【DATE 】Sat. 30th. July. 2016

【HOUR】   19:45~21:00 

※ This event will be hold in light rain but it will be postponed on 31st.July  if it is rough weather.

【SITE】 Oomamedahon-machi, Saigawa-ryokuchi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa

 

ACCESS   There are shuttle buses run between JR kanazawa station WEST gate and  the site.

It runs 17:45 〜19:35  to go the site

after finish 〜 22:00 to go back to Kanazawa station

Fee: 300 yen for adults /round tickets (better to prepare coins and line and wit for the bus earlier )

*Under 12-years-old children will be free

*NO PARKING SPACE and TRAFFIC RESTRICTION will be occurred around the site.

INQUERY 】+810)76-260-3581 (Hokkoku-newspaper project department ) Email : jigyo@hokkoku.co.jp 

 

 

⑦『 The 56th Chunichi-zenkokusenbatsu Hanabi-taikai 』  set off about 5,000 fireworks

中日花火

This is the second largest fireworks events in Ishikawa. The number of fireworks will be less than Hokkoku one but they have unique fireworks even International Hanabi dealers pay attention this event every year. For instance,  you’ll be fascinated “The art fireworks” ,“giant starmine” and “ creation star-mine competition”.. etc

【DATE 】 Sat. 6th. Aug. 2016

【HOUR】   19:30~21:00

※ This event will be hold in light rain but it will be postponed on 2nd Aug if it is rough weather.

【SITE】 Oomamedahon-machi, Saigawa-ryokuchi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa

(The same place as Hokkoku- Hanabi )

ACCESS   There are shuttle buses from about 18:00 between Kanazawa station and the site.

                           The schedule has not officially announced yet.

*NO PARKING SPACE and TRAFFIC RESTRICTION will be occurred around the site. 

INQIERY】+81 (0)76-233-4642 (Chuunichi newspaper project department )

 

 

conclusion

These are best selections of free things to do in Summer Kanazawa though there are more year around in Ishikawa-prefecture.

Know of any other fun, free things to do in Kanazawa ? Let me know by leaving a comment below 🙂

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