Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Kanazawa
Population
1,180,935

Kenroku-en

The perfect garden for all seasons.

Kenroku-en Garden in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, is considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan alongside Okayama Prefecture’s Koraku-en and Kairaku-en in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Kenroku-en literally means “six attribute garden” as it fulfills the six main criteria for creating a perfect garden: artifice, seclusion, panorama, antiquity,waterways and spaciousness.

Uchihashi-tei is one of the four tea houses in Kenrokuen.

It was once the private gardens of Kanazawa Castle which is just a stone’s throw away and was for the exclusive use of the ruling Maeda Clan until it was opened to the public in 1874.

Kenroku-en is stunning all year round and boasts hundreds of varieties of tree, a tea house and an old rest house. One of its most recognizable features are the the beautiful Kasumi Pond with its iconic stone lanterns that resemble the bridges on an instrument called a koto.

In winter, it is famous for Yukitsuri. These are ropes carefully tied to the trees to support their branches and protect them from the heavy snowfall, made all the more spectacular with night-time illuminations.

The garden is famous for Yukitsuri, the ties seen on the trees.

Throughout spring, Kenroku-en’s multitude of plum blossoms make way for the cherry blossoms. In summer, it is dominated by lush greens before the maples light it up with their reds and golds, making it truly a place for all seasons.

Surrounding Kenroku-en

The bright white Kanazawa Castle is just a short stroll from Kenroku-en and taking in both together can easily fill an afternoon.

Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden

A mere 20-minute walk from Kenroku-en brings you to the historical Nagamachi Samurai district. This area is full of traditional architecture and some very interesting small museums dedicated to the samurai culture of this old castle town.

Kanazawa  is fast gaining a reputation as a “Little Kyoto” which is unsurprising given how pretty and interesting many of locations around the city are yet it still attracts only a small percentage of foreign tourists compared to its namesake.

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Trivia

Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden

In the dialect of Okayama — “Koke! (Come here!)" — and travel into the past.

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Things To Know

Fees and Hours

Kenroku-en is open all year round except from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3. Entry costs ¥310 for adults, ¥100 for children between 6 and 18 years old and is free to people over 65.

How To Get There

Address

Kenroku-en, 1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0936, Japan

By bus

From Kanazawa station, take the Kanazawa Loop Bus and get off at stop 9 “Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park.”. The fare is ¥200 per trip, or you can purchase a day pass for ¥500.

Where To Stay

House Hotel Kenrokuzaka
  • Koshomachi 8-36 Kanazawa-Shi, Ishikawa 920-0932
  • 9.5/10
  • 0.2 km
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Restaurant & Inn ATSUSHI -Kanazawa-
  • 小将町5-29 Kanazawa-Shi, Ishikawa 920-0932
  • 8.2/10
  • 0.3 km
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Peaceful Base Kenrokuen
  • Koshomachi 4-7 Kanazawa-Shi, Ishikawa 920-0932
  • 9.3/10
  • 0.3 km
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Tsunagian Tabi-Ne
  • Higashi Kenroku 6-3 Kanazawa-Shi, Ishikawa 920-0933
  • 8.4/10
  • 0.4 km
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