Gardens in Japanese Castle

Many of Japanese Castles have a beautiful garden. Those gardens were designed by the decent garden artists in Edo Period. Daimyo, the lord of the castles, desired to create an excellent garden on their site. The artists were hired from Kyoto, and made them with unlimited budget. Those Japanese gardens which built by Daimyo were the masterpieces of all the art of gardening art.

Kenrokuen Garden


Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園) is the most famous spot in Kanazawa. It is Japanese style garden which built in 1676 by Maeda Tsunenori, the 5th lord of Kaga domain. It is a strolling-style landscape garden with the characteristics of a typical landscape garden of Edo Period. It was the garden for Daimyo and, in 1874, Kenrokuen Garden was opened to the public. The garden was designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty in 1922. It is popular for its pine forest and pond. Because Kanazawa gets heavy snow in winter, Yuki-zuri, the snow-protection by hanging branches with bamboo, is popular beauty of this garden in winter.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom.
The admission for Keeps: 300 Yen, 100 for kids. There is a group discount from 30 people.
Park opens from 7:00 to 18:00 (3/1 to 10/15), and 8:00 to 17:00 (10/16 to 2/28,29)

0. at Kanazawa Station
1. use local bus to Kenrokuenshita.
or walk 20 min.