One of the Nihon Sanmeien, a historical list of three great gardens of Japan, Kenrokuen was established next to Kanazawa Castle during the Edo Period (1603-1868) and extended over generations by the Maeda clan of Kaga (present-day southern Ishikawa Prefecture). It takes its name, meaning “garden of six elements,” from the six attributes of its landscaped beauty: spaciousness, tranquility, artistic ingenuity, antiquity, water and scenic views.
A vast kaiyū shiki-teien strolling garden of 11.4 hectares, explore Kenrokuen’s web of paths winding around ponds, crossing bridges over streams, and taking you past hills, groves and teahouses. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lord gardens in Japan, its seasonal flowers and trees create vistas of delicate plum and cherry blossoms in spring, colorful azaleas and irises in summer, and vibrant red and yellow leaves in the autumn.
Visit in November, and yukizuri, or “snow hanging,” a traditional technique using bamboo poles and ropes to protect trees from heavy snowfall, provides a stunning wintry sight. Dusted with snow, the cones of vertical bamboo poles sheltering trees glow white, like a forest of contemporary artworks.
15 minutes from Kanazawa Station by bus
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