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Kenrokuen Garden

[YOUTUBE] Kenrokuen | The most beautiful garden in Japan!

What is Kenrokuen?

Kenrokuen is a landscape garden located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan. The garden is classified as one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan”.

Did you know?

A Chinese poet Li Gefei wrote in his book “Chronicles of the Famous Luoyang Gardens” that there are six sublime attributes every garden aspires to possess: Spaciousness, Seclusion, Artificiality, Antiquity, Watercourse, and Panorama.

The name “Kenrokuen” literally means “A garden that combines six characteristics”. This garden is known for possessing all six attributes great gardens must have.

What to see?

1. Finding six sublime attributes.

While it is fun just to stroll through the garden, it can be also entertaining to try to identify which views suits which attributes. Some may be easy to find, some may require a bit of imagination.

There is no correct answer, so be creative and go with your instinct.

*Pictures below reflect the Japanesquest’s version of “Six sublime attributes”.

2. The view from Sazae-yama (turban shell hill)


In the center of Kenrokuen Garden, there is a small hill called Sazae-yama. The name drives from its winding path that circles around up to the top of the hill like a turban shell.

The hill is 9 meters high, and the view from the top is absolutely stunning. You may even be able to see all six sublime attributes.

3. Fantastic illumination at night

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During 1-2 weeks of each season, Kenrokuen Garden becomes illuminated by hundreds of lights. If you are lucky enough to be here during that period, it is highly recommended to visit the garden at night. It is free of charge.

For the details of the Kenrokuen Garden illumination, please contact the Kenrokuen Management center.

Hours Open:
7:00-18:00 (March to October 15) 8:00-17:00 (October 16 to February)
300 yen