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Kanazawa’s Kaga Cuisine


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Savor fresh, delicious food harvested from the mountains and the sea

Kanazawa City Tourism Association


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The traditional foods of Kanazawa are known as Kaga cuisine. The Kaga Domain (present-day Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures) was ruled in feudal times by the Maeda family, who encouraged the city’s specialized cooking techniques. In the 17th century, the Maeda lords also established the brewing of soy sauce in Ono. This port town is still famous for making this mild, sweet, and salty condiment today and it goes perfectly with the region’s rice, vegetables, and fresh seafood. In fact, don’t leave Kanazawa without enjoying its excellent fish and shellfish. The quality of sushi here is nationally recognized and there are many sushi restaurants and kaitenzushi conveyor-belt sushi shops in which to sample them.
The perfect drink to go with this delicious seafood and other Kaga dishes is the region’s rich tasting sake. High-quality sakes have been produced during Kanazawa’s cold winters rom rice harvested in the Kaga Plain and water from the Saigawa and Asanogawa rivers.
After enjoying seafood and sake, something sweet is a must. Kanazawa is one of the top three cities in Japan for wagashi confectionery-making. Specialized techniques are used to create traditional sweets made from ingredients including pounded rice, red beans, and sugar, and formed into seasonal shapes such as maple leaves in the autumn.


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How to get there


Take the direct JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station (about 2 hours and 30 minutes).


50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken


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