Thursday, March 14, 2019

Costa NeoRomantica Day 3: Kanazawa, JP

Our home, Costa NeoRomantica, set sail for Kanazawa, Japan on the third day of our 5-day cruise. Having the chance to travel to unfamiliar cities in Japan is one of the many reasons why we booked this trip in the first place so hearing a strange new name gave us the much-needed energy for another full-packed day. But first, breakfast of champs for me, myself, and I!

Turkey Eggs Benedict with Bacon

With no concrete plan at hand, we just searched for the best seafood market in town and took the bus to our first destination - Omicho Market. Known as the largest seafood market in Kanazawa, Omicho houses about 200 shops and stalls selling not just local seafood but fruits, vegetables, flowers, souvenirs, and kitchen tools as well. And when in Japan, you have to try as much fresh produce as you can! Here I was with the best and sweetest scallops that money can buy.

When there are locals lining up, food must be great! CS and I have been living with this mantra especially when we're traveling abroad so even if we've been eating non-stop since we arrived, we wouldn't miss trying out a local restaurant in Omicho Market with a long waiting line.

Was the 40-minute waiting time worth it? Just take a look at that fresh and colorful bowl!

Next and final stop in our Kanazawa city tour was Higachi Chaya District.

An easy walk or a 5-min bus ride from Omicho Market, the Higashi Chaya District is a lovely neighborhood with beautifully preserved geisha houses. A chaya is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by dancing and singing geisha. But through time, many chayas have already been converted into tea houses, cafes, restaurants, and gift shops.

Other buildings along the central street now house cafes and shops. Hakuza, one of these shops, sells one of Kanazawa's specialty, gold leaf products, that's incorporated in accessories, cakes, household items like glasses and plates, wines, and many other interesting items.

Hakuza also displays a tea ceremony room which is completely covered in gold leaf from inside out!

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