Kenroku-en Garden is regarded as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan, including Kairaku in Mito, and Koraku in the city of Okayama. The 100,000 square meter landscape was the garden of Kanazawa Castle before it was opened for public in 1874. It is beautiful all throughout the year, especially on winter, spring, and fall seasons. Yugao-tei Cottage near Hisago-ike Pond is the most eminent spot in the garden. The snow downpours heavily in Chubu, hence, the branches of pine trees are supported by yuki-tsuri, ropes that are assembled in a cone shape, which then adds decor and creates a beautiful geometrical pattern to the trees. Aside from the cottage, it houses Kasumi-ga-ike Pond and the unique two-legged "Kotoji-toro" lantern in the northern part of the garden, which are some of the points of interest in the garden.
The garden has two main ponds, Kasumigaike and Hisagoike. In Kasumigaike, visitors can find a fountain which is one of Japan's oldest fountain. Meanwhile in Hisagoike features a small waterfall.
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the flowers and trees, such as plum and cherry blossoms during spring, azaleas and irises early during summer, and colorful red and yellow leaves during autumn. visitors will also have a glorious view of seasonal natural beauty including the snow-covered landscape with yukitsuri which is performed for approximately one month from November 1 every year.
Some walking trails are alsofound in the garden that allows the visitots to have an overview of the garden. Finally, a pleasant pedestrian way lined with cherry trees, shops and restaurants lies just outside of the garden's paid area, between the Katsurazaka and Renchimon gates.
How about a relaxing cup of tea facing the beautiful landscape in Shigure-tei tea house? You can also visit the nearby Kanazawa Castle Park after rambling in the seclusion-themed lawn.
It is one of the stops of the Kanazawa Loop Bus and the Kenrouken Shuttle bus. Just make sure that you notify the driver/bus conductor where your stop is.
Alternatively, you can take Hoketetsu buses that will pass through the Kanazawa Station or Kenrouken and get off at the Kenrouken-shita stop. From there, the garden is just a few steps away.
The garden is open daily, with admission fees 310 Yen for Adults and 100 Yen for Children. There are discounts when you visit in groups, 250 per adult, and 80 Yen per children.
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