We took the Thunderbird train from Osaka to Kanazawa which only took about 30minutes! Once there we headed to our hostel for the next two nights – the absolutely fabulous Khaosan Family Hostel – we highly recommend this place, it was very friendly, very clean, great rooms, lovely kitchen facilities, nice showers,… perfect!
Taking the local bus (you pay when you get off) we went to the very beautiful Kenrokuen Gardens. The kids had maps and were our guides. The strolling gardens are typical of 1603-1868 period. The small lakes, waterfalls and fountains were gorgeous as we crossed over small bridges and stepping stones. With statues and shrines around, it was a truly beautiful place to visit.
We later walked through the grounds of the castle and then ventured Downtown (not as nice) before heading to the Geisha District which had typical low buildings and lots of local crafts for sale, including lots of gold leaf which is produced in the area.
Fed up with what the kids are now calling ‘NMN’ food (“not MORE noodles”), we stocked up on fresh fruit and veg and had a picnic snacky type dinner in the hostel. Japan is not cheap at all, even this cost a small fortune about £30, but it was so nice to have some vegetables.
The next day we would take the Bullet train to Toyama, before getting a local train to Kamiichi where our stay will be much more rural, heading to the Alp region of Japan, and where we will most likely be facing NMN (not more noodles!)