Kanazawa city is full of good places to see. From the famous Kenroku-en garden to the tea and samurai districts, you can experience true tradition in Kanazawa. Another great part about this city is seamless mix of traditional and modern Japan. The best place to feel this mix of new and old in Kanazawa is on Tatemachi street. If you want to see some beautiful kimonos, buy some local tea, read the latest manga comics, enjoy a beer in a fashionable hotel lobby or check out the latest trends in Japanese fashion, you can do it all on this street. So whether you’re cutting through from the D.T. Suzuki Museum to the Nagamachi Samurai District, or in the mood for some shopping and a bite to eat, or maybe you just want to see where real people in Kanazawa go to enjoy the city, Tatemachi is one of the best streets with the best shops in the city.
Tatemachi street is packed with unique and interesting shops. You can find kimonos, sneakers, tea, sake, lolita fashion, anime, Japanese breakfast, okonomiyaki, flowers, hedgehog petting, ice cream, weddings, hotels, hostels, bars, and not to mention some very trendy Japanese fashion. The street just about has it all.
PAST TO PRESENT
With a history dating back about 400 years, Tatemachi has grown with Kanazawa over the centuries. In past decades, Tatemachi was a place known mainly for fashion. Today, it’s so much more, and a place where local people come to enjoy the urban side of Kanazawa. The street has also seen the addition of some super cool hotels, bars, and hostels for any budget and style of traveler .
Kenroku-en garden, the 21st Century Museum, Nagamachi Samurai District, and the Ninja Temple are all right around the corner. Tatemachi is one of Kanazawa’s “5 Towns” , representing “downtown” Kanazawa. Both Korinbo and Katamachi bus stops are close by, making it an easy place to get to. Surrounded by hundreds of good restaurants and shops, don’t miss this exciting area of Kanazawa.
REAL, GOOD KANAZAWA
On Saturdays and Sundays, Tatemachi is filled with people. On the weekdays, it’s a super relaxed atmosphere. At any time, you can see real Kanazawa people and travelers enjoying an awesome side of the city. Whether you are in the mood for an afternoon stroll, or looking for a drink and a bite to eat in the evening, Tatemachi is a great place to experience a fantastic side of Kanazawa.