Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa

May 7, 2010

On April 15, 2010, Linda and I visited the Kenroku-en Garden. It is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Kenroku-en literally means “the garden of six sublimities” or, “a garden combining the six aspects of a perfect garden”. In Chinese tradition the ideal garden requires spaciousness, seclusion, water-courses, panoramas, artifice and antiquity. Kenruko-en is thought to combine these in a way that most gardens fail to achieve.

It was started in 1686 as the garden for Kanazawa Castle, from which it is now separated by a cherry tree lined freeway.

The public has been admitted to the garden since 1874. The day we visited was overcast, which muted the colors somewhat. The cherry trees were in bloom so there were many visitors, including group tours, but the park is large enough that it did not seem crowded. The fountain was the first natural water pressure fountain in Japan. I have posted the photos in the order in which I took them as we circled around the inside of the garden.

We enjoyed our visit to Kenroku-en and hope that you did too.


3 Responses to “Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa”

  1. Sally Says:

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Although I’ve enjoyed the entire trip, these photos were amazing.

    Question: What kind of bird is that big black plump creature?

    • Michael Says:

      That is a Japanese crow. They seem to be bigger and more aggressive than ours. There are many of them in the parks. This one was by a snack stand waiting for something to grab.
      I’m glad you are enjoying the trip. We’re only half-way done in the blog. The most interesting meals and places are yet to come.

  2. Timothy P Ojile Says:

    I very much did! Thnx. T

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