Kanazawa's most famous products are its Kutani pottery, with its bright five-color overglaze patterns, and its hand-painted Yuzen silk. Kanazawa also produces maki-e lacquerware, sweets, toys, wooden products, and almost all of Japan's gold leaf. For convenient shopping for these and other souvenirs, try the Omiyage Kan shopping arcade right in Kanazawa Station, open daily 8:30am to 7pm.

For department stores, boutiques, and contemporary shops, visit the Katamachi and Tatemachi shopping streets, within walking distance of Kenrokuen Garden and the Naga-machi Samurai district. Omi-cho Market, just off Hyakumangoku Dori between the station and Kenrokuen Garden, was established 280 years ago as the "kitchen of Kanazawa" and today is a vibrant city market with more than 170 stalls selling seafood, vegetables, fruit, and more. It's open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

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