Ryokan SHIBAYA in Kanazawa - Japanese Style Hostel

at home at Ryokan Shibaya (3 minutes walk from the JR Kanazawa Station)

The robot cleans the roof of Kanazawa Station.

2:00PM 5th June Sunny

The robot cleans the roof of Kanazawa Station day and night.


Now is the last chance for a good look at the azalea.

8:00AM 29th May Cloudy

Now is the last chance for a good look at the azalea in Kanazawa.
You should not miss the azalea blooming season in late spring!


Today was warm May sunshine.

11:00AM 27th May Sunny

Today was warm May sunshine.
The fine weather of May is called "satsukibare" in Japan.
I think that this time of year is basically the best time.


The town in Kanazawa is enveloped in the festival mood.

8:00AM 26th May Sunny

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Matsuri is scheduled a week from now.
The town in Kanazawa is decorated with paper lanterns
and enveloped in the festival (Matsuri) mood.


It's the excursion's season.

2:00PM 23rd May Sunny

During the season of new green leaves,
You can see many elementary school's excursion, junior high school's excursion and high school's excursion.


An annular eclipse of the Sun is visible in Japan!

7:30AM 21st May Sunny

On AM7:30 May 21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible in Japan.
This is the sky in Kanazawa at that time. ( from the Shibaya's rooftop )


Yume Milk Kan is a famous farm.

2:00PM 18th May Sunny

Yume Milk Kan is a famous farm where you can have rich-tasting ice cream.
You can contact with animals here.
Access:30min from Shibaya. by car
Fee: Free
Reservation: not necessary




3:00PM 15th May Rainy

Nowadays, the pine-trees weren't seen much anymore in the streets.
I think it's line of beauty!


Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Matsuri

3:00PM 12th May Sunny

Back to the Edo period!

Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Matsuri is the biggest annual festival in the region. Many events are held over a period of three days in June. It first started in 1952 to praise the great work of the first lord, Toshiie Maeda, and was derived from an old municipal event. Now, it’s getting bigger and bigger, becoming well-known as a typical show of Kanazawa culture. You can see families applauding their kids or parents in antique-looking costumes, couples being served Matcha green tea at the Hyakumangoku tea ceremony at Kenrokuen, or local employees dancing in their summer Kimono. Every year, people are always looking forward to enjoying these three days! 1,500 Tohro lanterns with lovely Kaga-Yuzen patterns will definitely attract you! Follow the lights floating on the water along the Asano-Gawa River, or just wait at the bank to see one coming after another! It’s all up to you! This Friday night at the river draws a good crowd every year! Share an atmosphere of fantasy with the local people!

"Kaga Yuzen Tohro-Nagashi" Floating Lanterns 
1st June 19:00~21:00

"Hyakumangoku Gyoretsu" Costume Parads 
2nd June 14:00~18:10

"Hyakumangoku Odori-Nagashi" Marching Dance in Summer Kimono 
2nd June 18:00~20:00

"Hyakumangoku Takigi-Noh" Torchlight Performance of Noh 
2nd June 18:30~21:00

Let's enjoy all together!



Nanao Line train

10:00AM 9th May Sunny

This is Nanao Line train called "touhakun".
You can go to Nanao of Noto by this train.


Rice Planting

3:00PM 20th April Sunny

In the rice fields, It's almost ready to start Rice Planting.
Rice Planting will start around next week in Kanazawa!


Utatsu mountain in Kanazawa

10:00AM 19th April Sunny

Utatsu mountain, a small mountain only 40 minutes walking distance from Shibaya.
In there, Now is the best time to view cherry blossoms, and You’ll see a great view of the city!
traditional houses, city buildings, green spaces .....


full bloom

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7:00AM 15th April Sunny

Under the blue sky,
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom now!!


Hazy weather in spring

2:00PM 13th April Cloudy

In the season of cherry blossoms, the sky is hazy and the misty spring sky made tranquil scene.


Free admission to Kenrokuen Garden & Light-up

PM2:00 12th April Sunny

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Kenrokuen garden and Kanazawa castle park are free admission from April 14th to April
22nd.   Also, Light-up is held.

Date: 14th April - 22st April (9nights)
Time: AM7:00 - PM9:30


coming of spring!

1:00PM 6th April Sunny

The cherry blossom season has come again this year.
The best time to view cherry blossoms will be around 14th April in Kanazawa.


storm of spring

12:30PM 3rd April Suny

1:30PM   The clouds threaten rain.

4:00PM  It was a maximum wind velocity of more than 30m.
Many parts of Japan were hit by strong winds.


Kanazawa station robot

11:00AM 23rd March Rainy

This robot is cleaning glass of the ceiling in Kanazawa station.
The glass of the ceiling in Kanazawa station is cleaned by this eight-legged robot.


paper lantern

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11:00AM 21st March Sunny

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The town was decorated with paper lanterns for Hanami (cherry-blossom viewing).
The season of cherry blossoms is only just around the corner.


Blossom forecast

2:00PM 19th March Sunny

We were asked a question about Cherry blossom viewing.
It is difficult question to answer...
For the moment,
The anticipation flowering date of Kanazawa is on April 7.
The peak bloom anticipation day is on April 12.


go to London!

8:30AM 17th March Rainy

My son took off for London today.
I wish him the best of luck!


Kanazawa 50 meters road

3:00PM 16th March Cloudy

This road is commonly known as 50 meters road.
When night falls, a green light is emitted from this item of artwork.


tax office

2:00PM 14th March Sunny

I visited tax office to file tax returns today.
Everything was crowded because tax offices will accept tax returns until 15th March.


large hailstone

12:30PM 12th March Cloudy

At early afternoon, it began to large hailstone.



3:00PM 9th March Cloudy

What's with this weather? 
It seems that it is very cold and going back to winter.


feel of spring

10:00AM 5th March Cloudy

There's the aroma of spring that seems to come from nowhere.


Doll's Festival

11:30AM 3rd March Sunny

March 3rd is the Japanese Doll Festival called Hina Matsuri.
We celebrated by eating the boxed lunch called Hina Bentou.


airplane track

4:00PM 29th February Sunny

Today is bissextile day.
There was airplane track in the evening sky.


Kanazawa city Saigawa

3:30PM 28th February Sunny

There are two rivers called Saigawa and the Asanogawa in Kanazawa.
This is Saigawa.
It's 30-minutes walk from Shibaya.


Finnish sculptor

5:00PM 24th February Cloudy

Guess what?
This is a work of a Finnish sculptor.
It is 1-minute walk away from Shibaya.


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