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Help with Kanazawa

I_heart_ramen | Feb 27, 200807:27 PM

Hello fellow chowhounds,

This board has been an incredible resource for my boyfriend and I as we plan our trip to Japan in May (no worries folks, we are avoiding Golden Week ;). We are going for two weeks to Tokyo, Kyoto, the Kiso Valley and Kanazawa. We have been been doing a great amount of reading and thanks to all the great reports on this blog we have managed to create a very solid list of food and restaurants to try in Tokyo and Kyoto. However, we haven't really found too many comments on Kanazawa. All the travel guides mention how beautiful it is and the freshness of the seafood and food, but we haven't read any recommendations of specific restaurants to try while we are there. So here are our questions:

1) Does anyone have any recommendations for restaurants in Kanazawa?
2) We have budgeted for one good kaiseki meal during our trip, would we be better off having our kaiseki dinner in Kyoto or Kanazawa?
3) Any Ryokan recommendations for a Ryokan in Kanazawa? We saw that there are some amazing places, like Gora Kadan, however, Gora Kadan is out of our budget (sniff, sniff, supersniff), and would be looking for a place where we can spend about $200 per person/night.

Many thanks in advance for any input we can get!

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