Kenrokuen literally means “Garden of the Six Sublimities”.  Looking into Chinese landscape theory, we see the six essential attributes that make up a perfect garden: Spaciousness, Seclusion, Artificiality, Antiquity, Abundant water and Broad views.

Experiencing these six essential qualities, combined in a single sculptured experience, makes the kenroku-en japanese garden truly magical.

geisha in the kenroku-en japanese garden

Kenrokuen used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle; a private enclave to the Shogun.  It was opened to the public in 1871 and has attracted people the world over since.

Kenrokuen is the type of place that words cannot due justice.  Once again, we recommended day and evening visit.  During the day there is a very cute tea house constructed in 1725 and at night, the lights are simply … sublime.

Flying Geese Bridge
Yamazakiyama Maple trees
Hisago-ike Pond
Hisago-ike Pond
Karasaki pine tree trussed up in the yukizuri style to support their branches against the heavy snows of winter
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kenroku-en japanese garden path

Visitor Info:
Kenroku-en Japanese Garden

(81) -76.234.3800
1 Kenrokumachi Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture  920-0936, Japan

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