Kanazawa is a town rich in history and culture located on the western coast on the Sea of Japan. The Maeda clan ruled over Kanazawa for three prosperous centuries from the 16th Century when the area was producing some of the largest quantities of rice in all Japan. During this time the Maeda clan built an impressive castle and created one of the country’s finest gardens, which are both still in excellent condition and a highlight of any visit to Kanazawa. During the bountiful years, the wealthy inhabitants developed sophisticated tastes and the town developed as a centre for artisans, chefs and geishas. The flavour of the Maeda era can be seen today in the impressive architecture of the well preserved samurai and geisha districts.