The sightseeing spot “Kenroku-en Garden” representing Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa is a country specification special scenic spot, and is counted with Kairakuen in Mito, and Korakuen in Okayama by one of the three outstanding gardens in Japan.
It is a typical garden which leaves the feature of the strolling-style landscape garden of the Edo period at today. Gardening started in 1676 and spent about 180 years.
According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, there should be six different sublime qualities to which a garden can aspire. Grouped in their traditional complementary pairs, they are spaciousness & seclusion, artifice & antiquity, water-courses & panoramas. The name “Kenroku-en” literally means “garden that combines six characteristics”
Kanazawa where Hokuriku Shinkansen is also newly opened for traffic and popularity is increasing as a travel destination. Kenroku-en Garden representing such Kanazawa is a typical garden of the Edo period, and the extent of it is about 110,000 square meters.
You can enjoy beautiful scenery every season like the cherry trees in spring, the green trees in summer, the colored leaves in autumn, and the Yuki-tsuri(*) in winter. Since it is a district with much snow, especially Yuki-tsuri of winter is popular, but the beautiful colored leaves of autumn are also very popular.
* The act of lifting the branches of trees to prevent them from breaking due to accumulated snow.
The lighting up will be performed from the middle of November to early in December when it becomes the best time to see of autumnal leaves. It is 17:30~21:00 at time of lighting it up. Usually, you need to pay an entrance fee within opening time, but the time zone of lighting it up can enter for free. (It is the information as of 2016. Please confirm the latest information by official HP etc.)
|Address:||Kenrokumachi 1 Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0936 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hokuriku-honsen Line “Kanazawa-eki” (15 minutes by car)|
|Price:||・Adults (18+ years old) 310yen
・Children (6~17 years old) 100yen