Kanazawa is comparable to Kyoto in its preservation of classic Japanese culture, and offers many of the same attractions.
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Pro Some of the best-quality sushi in Japan
The local fish market has affordable, fresh sushi shops. There are also dozens of high-end sushi restaurants that people from all around Japan travel to Kanazawa to eat at.
Pro Beautiful gardens and Edo-period architecture
Comparable, if not more beautiful than Kyoto's famous shrines, temples, and gardens. Since there are less people, the scenery if more peaceful.
Con Less English-friendly
Since Kanazawa is a popular destination for Japanese people, and foreigners tend to go to Kyoto, many of the attractions in Kanazawa are less language-friendly to English-speakers. That being side, most signs are in English, and many of the main attractions still offer pamphlets and directions in English.