Kenrokuen Garden

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One of most famous gardens of Japan

Kenrokuen was built by the lords of the Kaga han, and today is one of the three famous gardens of Japan, with an enormous pond, artificial mountain, and tea house located along the winding path. Situated in the center of Kanazawa City, its history and lush natural beauty attract visitors from near and far.
A Chinese work describing scenic beauty lists six key criteria including spaciousness, quiet, age, and spring water, extolling any garden that combines all six. The name Kenrokuen is based on this Chinese definition, and would translate literally as “combining six garden.”
The spacious grounds are perfect for strolling. Many sights are found around large Kasumiga-ike Pond, such as the 9-meter tall artificial mountain Sazaeyama, and in winter the snowy Karasaki pines. Natural, mossy rocks are also located in the garden, including the Dragon Rock, which looks like a coiled dragon with jaws spread from one angle. The dragon’s camellia tree seems to be firmly in its grasp.

After a stroll through the garden, relax with green tea by the pond

Maeda Tsunanori, the 5th lord of Kaga, built a villa on the slope facing Kanazawa Castle, surrounded by a garden. This was the start of Kenrokuen, although it was called Renchi-tei or Shigure-tei at the time. It was destroyed in the Meiji era, but rebuilt in the present site as the Shigure-tei in March 2000. Including portions rebuilt from the original plans, it is a wood-frame single-story structure with a spacious tatami mat room. The view of Hase Pond and the grass is stunning. Enjoy green tea and the Shigure-tei’s own original sweets.
Several shops are also available in Kenrokuen, selling green tea, sweets, and lunches. Why not try green tea and Kaga cuisine in the restaurant overlooking the pond?

Kenrokuen Garden

Address

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture

Hours

7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Mar. 1 - Oct. 15)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Oct. 16 - end of Feb)

Closed

Open daily

Cost

Adult, 310 yen; child, 100 yen

Phone

076-234-3800

Access

By bus from JR Kanazawa Sta. to Kenrokuen-shita, about 15 min

Web site

http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/
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