Kanazawa is a medium city located on the west coast of Japan, in the Chubu region. Mainly ruled by the Maeda clan – one of the most powerful families in ancient Japan -, Kanazawa was one of the biggest seignioral cities of the empire for a long time. After the WWII, other cities in the country got bigger than Kanazawa and developped at a far higher rate. Thanks to this phenomenon, Kanazawa could keep a historical charm and be called as “city of the craft creation” by the World Heritage. You can still find some impressive residences and traditional neighborhoods in the city, in addition to the very popular Kenrokuen garden, listed on the top 3 of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.