Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa


The impression of Kenrokuen changes every time you visit. No matter how many times you visit, you will find something new in this beautiful garden, which changes with the seasons and the time of day.
Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Korakuen Garden in Okayama, and Kairakuen Garden in Mito are said to be the three most famous gardens in Japan.

Early morning (before the park opens) admission is free, so those who are good at getting up early can plan to take a walk and have breakfast afterwards. It is a good way to make the most of your time. The nighttime illumination is also free of charge, so it is a good idea to visit the park twice, once during the daytime and once at night to see the difference.

Spring Highlights

It is still cold season, but around March, pink and white plum blossoms bloom and are very vivid. People wearing kimonos often take pictures with the plum trees in the background. Also, during this season, depending on the year, there may be snow or lingering snow at the foot of the trees. This contrast is also beautiful. After that, it is the season for viewing cherry blossoms. There are more than 400 cherry trees of about 40 varieties in Kenrokuen Garden. When the wind blows, cherry blossoms petals dance in the air and float on the pond, making for a great view from the tea ceremony room. Visitors can feel spring while drinking sake or ume (plum) wine and enjoying tea and Japanese sweets. Then we move on to the season of fresh greenery.

Summer Highlights

The rainy season begins and the garden becomes moist. This is the season when the greenery comes alive. In Kanazawa in summer, the daytime temperatures are high, so hats and sun umbrellas are essential. Please take care of your health and drink plenty of water while strolling through the large garden. Enjoy the waterfalls and fountains as you cool off. You can also cool off in the shade of trees or at rest points along the way. Shaved ice and ice cream are also available.

Autumn Highlights

Autumn is the season of colored leaves. Little by little, the green leaves turn red and are at their best in November. Also in November, you can see the work of hanging snow for the winter. My recommendation is to see the leaves lit up at night. The atmosphere is completely different from that of the daytime, and the beauty of the illuminated trees reflected on the surface of the water is indescribable. The view from afar is amazing and the trees up close are glorious. The garden is cold at night, so be sure to bring warm clothing and enjoy the autumn evening.

Winter Highlights

During this season, it snows, so be careful of your footing as you stroll around. If the air is clear on a sunny day, you can see the snow melting in the sunlight. The garden is beautiful as it glistens in the reflection of the sun. And if it snowed the night before, I recommend visiting early in the morning. As the official website says, you can see the beautiful scenery of snow piled up on the ropes of snow hanging. Also, early in the morning when there are few visitors, you can see snow all over the park, so it will be a precious view. It is worth getting up early to see it even if it is cold, because you will not be able to see it after a long time.

Enjoy your trip!

A Japanese garden where you can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons. It is a large garden, so you can enjoy a walk through it at your leisure.
Please refer to this page to find your favorite view or to plan your next trip.

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