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Kanazawa is the prefectural capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and located in the central part of the mainland of Japan. The southeast of the city area faces the mountains and the northwest area faces the Sea of Japan. The city area is located between the Saigawa River and the Asano River. Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden (one of the three greatest gardens in Japan) are located in the center of the city area, and shopping quarters (Korinbo, Kata-machi, Musashi, and Kanazawa Station) surround them.

Kanazawa has a population of 458,000 (as of January 2010), and is the center of the economy and culture of the Hokuriku area (Toyama Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Fukui Prefecture). The shopping quarters in the city are crowded with shoppers from various parts of Hokuriku on holidays.

Moreover, Kanazawa is a leading tourist city where 7 million tourists visit every year. It was a great castle town ruled by an influential leader from the 17th century to the second half of the 19th century. Kanazawa has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disaster. Therefore, Kanazawa maintains rows of historical houses and inherits traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen (a high-speed railway line) from Tokyo to Kanazawa will come in operation in 2014, and the further economic development of Kanazawa is expected along with an increase in the number of sightseers.

The climate of Kanazawa is almost as mild as that of Tokyo or Osaka. There are not many days with temperatures below the freezing point between December and February. However, there are few fine weather days, and the snow often piles up.

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