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Kenrokuen garden

Kenrokuen gardenKenrokuen is a Japanese garden located about 2.5 km southeast of JR Kanazawa station, and there is Kanazawa Castle Park just to the northwest of it.
It is one of the Three Famous Gardens in Japan, along with Kairakuen in Mito city and Korakuen in Okayama city.
It is about 10 hectares wide.

This garden were said to have started in 1676 when Tsunanori Maeda, the 5th lord of Kaga Clan, built a garden near Kanazawa Castle.
Then Nariyasu Maeda, the 13th lord, expanded the garden in 1837, and the name "Kenrokuen" was given to this garden.
Since 1874, this garden has been opened to the public.

There is a large pond in the center of the garden, and some brooks, hills, and forests are set up around it.
And a few arbors are dotted in the garden.
There is a fountain, which is the oldest in Japan. It doesn't use any motive energy such as electric pump but only potential energy.

Before winter, many trees in the garden are protected from heavy snow by "Yukitsuri".
Trees are given extra support by bamboo poles with ropes attached to limbs.
The scenery also has its own charm.

Kenrokuen official website

How to get to here

By route bus

  • By Kanazawa Loop bus, from Kanazawa station to Kenrokuen-shita stop, about 18 minutes. (Fare : 200 yen)
  • By Kenrokuen Shuttle bus, from Kanazawa station to Kenrokuen-shita stop, about 15 minutes. (Fare : 100 yen, only Saturday, Sunday and National holiday)

By car

Run the Hokuriku Expressway, and exit at Kanazawa Morimoto Exit. About 8 km from there, about 15 minutes.




Kenrokuen in spring
Kenrokuen in winter
Kenrokuen in the evening
A fountain in Kenrokuen
Trees with yukitsuri in Kenrokuen
Photo by Kanazawa City Tourism Association
Plum trees in Kenrokuen
Photo by Kanazawa City Tourism Association
An arbor in Kenrokuen
Photo by Kanazawa City Tourism Association
A bridge in Kenrokuen
A brook in Kenrokuen
Photo by Kanazawa City Tourism Association
Stone bridge in Kenrokuen

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