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Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa prefecture and lies around 350 kilometres north-west of Tokyo. Relatively unknown to foreign tourists it is a genuinely historical city with traditional houses, geisha teashops and a huge castle that is slowly being renovated and rebuilt. Its biggest draw however is probably the Kenrokuen Gardens right in the heart of the city. Originally built as the outer garden of Kanazawa castle, it opened to the public in 1875 and is considered one of the "three most beautiful gardens in Japan"