Kenrokuen Garden


Kenrokuen Garden is one of the best places to travel in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Here're guides for map, how to get there, spots nearby, attractions and photos of Kenrokuen Garden posted by Japanese travelers in the know.
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No.1 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spot In Kanazawa! Kenroku-en Selected As One Of The 100 Best Cherry Blossom Spots

You can enjoy Kenroku-en throughout the year, but the cherry blossom season is specially recommendable. There're co-starring 40 kinds and 420 trees of cherry blossom.

Kenroku-en Garden In Autumn And Winter

You can enjoy the cycle of the seasons at Kenroku-en much more than other Japanese Gardens! Spring cherry blossom, summer iris, autumn colored leaves and winter propped pine tree with snow, There're also illumination events in each season.
Kenroku-en Garden is located in Kanazawa urban district, so you can visit here by bus. Parking lots are available for cars.

The Kotoji Lantern, Symbol of Kenrokuen Garden that is one of the 3 Most Famous Gardens

The forked Kotoji lantern is the symbol of this famous park. It seems to be glancing the front huge pond, and such an appearance gathers many people with cameras in their hands.

A Japanese garden Loved By A Lord Of A Great Dominion Kaga

Kenrokuen Garden is a symbolic spot of Kanazawa, which has easy access for the opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen Superexpress. For they often have light-up event in a year, I think it's good to visit during such events. I like especially autumn! I took the first pic in autumn, the second in winter.
The bus following a circular route from Kanazawa Station is useful!

Spring Lighting Of Kenrokuen Garden, One Of The Three Best Japanese Gardens

Kenrokuen is a representative of the gardens formed in Edo Period (around 1600-1800), and one of the three best Japanese gardens the same as Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Ibaraki. What's more, having as many as 420 cherry trees in the garden, Kenrokuen is also one of the 100 best cherry blossom spots in Japan. During the cherry blossom season, they open the garden for free and extend the opening hours. I'm so happy about it!
Kenrokuen's free opening & Lighting in 2018 : 3/31-4/8, till 21:30.

The Oldest Fountain in Japan Made By Natural Water-Pressure

The oldest fountain is made by water pressure from elevation difference of the pond as own source. And it is made in the Edo period, so I'm surprised at the skill.



1 Kenroku-machi, kanazawa-shi, ishikawa






10 min by bus from Kanazawa Station. By car, 30 min from Kanazawa Nishi (West) IC, 30 min from Kanazawa Higashi (East) IC, or 20 min from Kanazawa Morimoto IC.



Nearby Things To Do

Higashi Chaya District

A Tasteful Chaya-gai You Can Enjoy Shopping And Café Time

Higashi chaya-gai is the most famous of the three chaya-gai districts in Kanazawa. Pretty cafes and shops stand in a line like an old castle town. Ocha-ya that says 'First-time Customers Refused' at night, opens as a café in the daytime and you can enter in the shop.

Kazue-machi Chaya District

Beautiful Harmony Of Proudly Blooming Cherries & Tasteful Traditional Townscape

One of the three chaya towns in Kanazawa, Kazue-machi chaya town has tasteful stone pavements and Sembon-koushi (wooden lattice windows). As soon as you enter the narrow alley, you can feel like a time travel to Edo Period. It becomes more tasteful in the season of cherry blossoms. You all shouldn't miss the scenery of both together in only spring.

21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art Kanazawa

A Symbolic Art Of This Museum 'The Swimming Pool'

Leandro Erich's 'The Swimming Pool' is very attractive to take pictures! It's can be seen both from the ground and inside the pool, and you can see from the ground for free.

A Site Of Samurai House Nomura-ke

Fascinated With A Beautiful Japanese Garden. Two Michelin-starred High Class Samurai House

Fusuma doors with landscape paintings of the Kano school, shoji (papered) doors with glasses, and ceiling all made of Japanese cypress, the formal house has these wonderful workmanship. And, a garden won the third place of the best Japanese garden chosen by the garden specialized journal in America is worth seeing.

Kinjo Reitaku

The Strongest Spiritual Power Spot In Kanazawa! A Mysterious Spring That The Name 'Kanazawa' Is derived From

In old time, a man Togoro washed yam here, then he found gold dusts. From such a story, 'a swamp (沢) to wash gold (金)' became 'Kanazawa (金沢). It doesn't run dry under a blazing sun in midsummer and overflow after a long rain. It's a mysterious spring always filled with clear water.

Kanazawa Station

Kanazawa's Symbol! A Great Tuzumi-mon Gate Born From A Traditional Performing Arts Of Japan

A beautiful architecture in front of Kanazawa station, it's called Tuzumi-mon borrowing its motif from tuzumi, a kind of drums used in a traditional performing arts 'Nogaku'. With a Motemashi Dome in it, they emanate great presences.

Kanazawa Umimirai Library

A City Library With Beautiful Dotted Windows

It has won some prizes such as '25 most beautiful libraries in the world'. Inside the library with windows like dots on the white wall, the 2nd and 3rd floor are very open for the stairwells. There're three different sizes for the windows and the sun light comes from them beautifully to wrap the room gently.

Kanazawa Castle Park

Fascinating Harmony Between Picturesque Kanazawa Castle & Cherry Blossom

Kanazawa Castle Park adjoining Kenroku-en Garden, a well-known place for cherry blossom. On Ohori-dori Street (between Kenroku-en and Castle Park) and Hasuikemon-dori (a street from Konya-zaka to Mayumi-zaka guchi), the scene of 360 cherry blossom trees, Someiyoshino, are the highlights.

Kimono Rental Shop KOKOYUI

Find Your Favorite Kimono! Walking In Kanazawa With Casual Kimono

At Rental Kimono Shop KOKOYUI, you can choose casual kimono from 150 kinds, and what's more, you can coordinate also Obi, Han-eri (collar), Obi-dome (accessary for Obi) and even Haori (jacket for kimono). I like the decorative tied Obi, so they can dress us very beautifully and carefully.

Korin-ji Temple

Kanazawa's Popular Spiritual Spot! Prayer Temple Where The Visitors Never Stopped

Korin-ji Temple is secretly becoming popular as a temple for success in one-wish. Any kinds of wish will be OK, but only one for one person. And the way of praying is also very unique. If you touch the White Fudo sitting in the garden, you can get a beautiful skin. So don't miss touching it!

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