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48 Hours in Kanazawa: One of Japan's Most Underrated Cities

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Updated: 17 October 2017
Historically, the city of Kanazawa was one of the most powerful cities in Japan. During the Edo period the area was home to some of the country’s greatest cultural achievements rivalling Kyoto and Tokyo. Though today it may be a little overlooked as mega cities like Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka continue to grow, it’s still arguably one of the country’s greatest underrated gems. With some of the best seafood in the world and well preserved historical artefacts, a trip to Kanazawa is an unmissable opportunity for adventure.

Day 1

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Morning: Curio for Breakfast

There’s no better day to start your day than with a seriously decked out breakfast and there’s no better place to eat breakfast in Kanazawa than at Curio Espresso. Having met in Seattle, café owners Yuko and Sol are serious about their meticulously crafted coffee. A favourite among locals and visitors alike, this little café has become a Kanazawa institution and a must visit destination for anyone needing a caffeinated kick-start or refuel. Beyond their diverse coffee list they also dish out pastries and hot food (like pulled pork sandwiches) all made with locally sourced ingredients.

Curio Espresso and Vintage Design, 1-13 Yasuecho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, +81 7 6231 5543