Kanazawa (金沢)

Weather was good today, dry and sunny. Tom and Mel went for a run about 9:30 whilst Les had shower and went to Starbucks. We walked through the Omicho fish market (大見長) and then onto Kanazawa Castle (金沢城). Lots going on there so busy but went into castle which was very interesting. No shoes allowed – the castle has been renovated as it would have been long ago. Went for lunch in town, passing through an area where Koinobori/Children’s day events were taking place. Then we walked to Kenroken Gardens (兼六園) – beautiful Japanese gardens – very peaceful despite lots of people. Lots of photo opportunities. Big pond with huge Coi carp, Kanazawa lanterns, plum trees, irises but not yet in bloom, large bonsai type trees, fountains, tea houses and more. Went back to hotel on bus and then to Tom’s via Starbucks at the station to try wifi again but no luck. Went to supermarket and Tom managed to get some ibuprofen for Les – his Japanese is amazing! Tom cooked spaghetti bolognese for us which was excellent then he went to watch football with friends and we caught the bus from the station back to the hotel.

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