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.
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.