On the northwest coast of Honshu on the Sea of Japan, Kanazawa is the second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape the bombing of World War II. Many parts of the old city have been left intact, including a few samurai houses, old geisha quarters and tiny narrow streets. Kanazawa is most famous for its Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most celebrated gardens in all of Japan. Visit the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, Nomura Samurai House and the Shima Geisha House. Don't miss the Myoryuji Temple, popularly known as Ninja Dera (the temple of ninjas) because of its secret chambers, hidden staircases, tunnels and trick doors.