Kenroku-en Garden – Kanazawa | Travel Information

Located just out front of the shattered remains of Kanazawa Castle, is the Kenroku-en Gardens – a historic and beautiful garden.

The Kenroku-en Garden (Kenrokuen Garden) is considered to be one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. It’s not to hard to see why! With it’s luxurious and lush walk just teeming with beautiful plants and scenery. 

These gardens were originally a part of the Kanazawa castle, and constructed by the Maeda Clan in the 1620’s, who were the occupants of the Kanazawa castle, and the 2nd wealthiest clan in Japan at the time.

 The Gardens were privately controled by the Maeda clan, but were later open to the public in 1871 – the same year when Kanazawa castle was rendered inactive.

The two legged stone lantern, as show in the photo below, is an iconic symbol of the Kenroku-en gardens.  It’s designed to look like a Japanese Instrument, known as the koto, which is similar to a harp.

These gardens are designed in a way that no 2 seasons look the same. For those who enjoy Cherry Blossoms, the best time for you to visit is in April, as the cherry blossoms will be fully in bloom, and the petals will just be starting to fall, creating a unique atmosphere. Spring also brings the plum trees, which are equally as beautiful and are found throughout the gardens! Moving into summer, irises and the azaleas are blooming, and finally in Autumn for when the leaves begin to change to red, orange and yellow.

In the middle of Kenroku-en, there is a large pond, with a couple of old buildings which line the shoreline. When contructing the gardens, the 6 chinese ideologies were used, which are said to be the 6 essential criteria of a perfect garden. These criteria are; Antiquity, Artifice, beautiful views, spaciousness, peacefulness, and water integration. 

There are countless sights to see around the gardens, and one could easily spend several hours walking around.

Admission & Hours

  • 7:00am-5:00pm (March Til mid October)
  • 8:00am-5:00pm (Mid October until end of February
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Where to stay near the Kenroku-en Gardens