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Annual Night Festival at Kenroku Park and Kanazawa Castle

In mid April, Kenroku-Garden and Kanazawa Castle were lit-up on a special occasion.
The two sites are located right next to each other and are connected by a bridge. So you can enter from either premises.

From Shiro, our guesthouse, Kanawaza Castle Park is only ten minutes walk away. A perfect location to enjoy the scenery is accessibly day and night.

Usually, we cannot see these premises in the dark.

The fully-blossomed sakura trees were glowing in the dark on a chilly night of an early spring.



Not only sakura, palm trees were also lit-up, revealing their majestic torso.

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Overall, the trees were dimly lit but that created a surprising effect – it looked like trees were floating in the dark.

The parks were bustling with many street food stalls out that night.

However, unlike chaotic festivals in big cities, there weren’t too many people and hence we were able to keep our own space and enjoy the beautiful light-ups in a relaxed environment. This must be a charm of quiet Kanazawa.


This is Kanazawa Castle. The stone walls and sakura make us wanting to imagine what the life used to be back in the past.




Can’t emphasize enough how beautiful sakura trees were.

This is a picture of sakura when the flowers just started blooming.



There were many people ‘sakura-watching’ under the trees.

Drivers and cyclers who usually speed through the street slowed down on this particular day, unable to resist the beauty of sakura.

The scenery of Kanazawa is getting greener and greener everyday as the Sakura season comes to end.

Sakura at Shiro has Fully Blossomed

The long long winter is over!

The sakura trees at the Kuromonmae Ryokuchi located right in front of Shiro have fully blossomed!


Some walked by and picked up some sakura petals.



Looks like some petals did not fall naturally by the wind.

Looking up, the sky was filled with the beautiful sakura.


There it was…


It was this bird that was dropping the petals. 

This is a view of the road  that leads into the Kanazawa castle from the black gate. The road stretches straight.


There was a lane of cute little yellow flowers flourishing at the canal.


At the park right next door, red ume was making its appearance.


White plums as well.

At the large park, people were spending their own relaxed time, invited by the warm spring weather. Far far away, we see the mountains still covered by snow.


The castle is lovingly surrounded by sakura as well.


Sakura at some places are not fully blossomed yet. There were many that were still waiting for the best timing to flourish.


This is a view from a pedestrian bridge that connects the Kenrokuen Park and the castle. The sakura season had just started. Imagine cycling this road when all sakura have fully blossomed.


The season is just perfect. Very relaxing and chill after a long winter.

Shiro will not be open this spring yet, but please do visit Shiro to enjoy sakura, ume, and the gracious touches of spring next year.

We hope to enjoy the sakura that leads from Shiro to the black gate, and forget the time at the Kanazawa park and happily watch the world goes by amongst sakura trees.


Shiro’s Neighborhood

Shiro Guesthouse is located in a pivotal center of Kanazawa City, right near the Kanazawa Castle.

From Shiro, it takes 10 seconds walk to the Black Gate that leads into the castle.

It is only 10 minutes walk to Kenrokuen (Kenroku-Garden/Six Attributes Garden) if you walk through the castle.

15 minutes to the 21st Century Contemporary Museum.

3 minutes to the Oomi Fish Market, where fresh seafood, sushi, and seasonal delicacies await you.

Cross the Asano gawa, walk through a historical town scene and reach Higashi-Yama Teahouse district in just 10 minutes.

Even easier to get around anywhere with bicycle.

Even better, the guesthouse is located right in front of ‘Kuromon mae greens’, Kanazawa’s top cherry-blossoms spot. Imagine enjoying the beautiful sakura while lounging at Shiro in spring.

From Kanazawa Railway Station, Shiro is 10 minutes away by bus and 20 mins by walking.

Enjoy tourism on foot, on bike, or on a bus, as you want.

Shiro is located at ‘Ootemachi’ – nearby the castle gate and hence surrounded by very calm traditional neighborhood.

Glimpse the cherry blossoms at Kanazawa Castle, at Shiro.

In an early summer, enjoy a slow life along the Asano River or Sai River.

During a rainy season, watch fireflies along the streams.

Make an impromptu trip to the sea and the mountains in the summer.

Watch the leaves turn yellow and red at Kenroku Park and Kanazawa castle in the autumn.

Indulge in rich seafood of the Japanese Sea and snow scenery in the winter.

Not only the 21st Century Museum or Prefecture Museum, there are many other art/cultural spots around the town.

A town proud of its rich history and traditional artifacts.

Food of Kanazawa that let your savor flavours of all seasons.

We believe that every visitors can enjoy Kanazawa in their own way during all seasons.