Things to do in Kanazawa, my Golden week trip

It’s been a little more than 2 years of my trip to Kanazawa, but I would like to share some tips and my experience of my weekend in Kanazawa for Golden Week.
At the time, I wasn’t good enough with japanese reading so my friend Yurina helped me a lot with the transport reservation and guiding me through the city. Golden week is a peak travel season for japanese so doing reservation was a bit harder than expected. She reserved a night bus for me, from Shinjuku bus terminal to Kanazawa.
Night buses are quite comfortable in Japan, and quite cheap as well. I took the night bus to several places in Japan, and I recommend it if you have the time and enough experience and endurance to sleep on a bus.

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Kanazawa station.

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Kanazawa samurai district

To step literally in history is an amazing feeling, like the time I walked around the Nagamachi district in Kanazawa. Also known for being the samurai district of the city, many residences, shops and streets remain there, most of them restaured to their origins.
The most attractive site for me was the Nomura-ke, a restaured samurai residence where I was able to see the lifestyle and old artifacts from the times samurai were popular. All lost after the Meiji restoration.

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Nomura-ke, in Nagamachi district, Kanazawa

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Kanazawa gold streets

On my visit to Kanazawa, my friend Yurina guided me to the gold streets in Kanazawa. I didn’t know at the moment what she was talking about but I was soon to discover. We walked to Higashi Chaya district, a tourist spot of the city, where you can buy souvenirs, visit museums, restaurants and teahouses. The places named Chaya were traditional places for entertainment, where geisha entertained people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments. The largest one of the chaya districts in Kanazawa is the Higashi (East) Chaya district. Nowadays is more focused for tourist entertainment.
The surprise was to find out most of the shops were offering gold made products and souvenirs, many of them made with gold leaf. Kanazawa makes 90% of gold leaf production in Japan.

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Higashi chaya district, Kanazawa

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Kanazawa fish market, Omi-cho

When I was asked by my friend Yurina about what I’d like to eat, my answer was clear. I want to eat local food and specialities
So we did, and she took me straight to the fish market in Kanazawa, Omi-cho market.
A huge building in Kanazawa city, lodging more than 150 food shops and restaurants, where you can try the freshest food. We arrived there on lunch rush hour on a weekend, so better be there a little bit earlier.

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Tourists and locals mix in Omi-cho market, Kanazawa

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