A Travellerspoint blog

Kanazawa's Kenrokuen Garden showcases beauty of Japan

Most of our group at Kenrokuen Garden; our group has no smokers and those 65 years old and over got in free

Most of our group at Kenrokuen Garden; our group has no smokers and those 65 years old and over got in free

This fountain, built in 1861, is the oldest in Japan and uses water from Kasumigaike Pond; as the pond is located at a higher point compared to the fountain, it creates natural water pressure which causes the water to be sprayed upwards 3.5m

This fountain, built in 1861, is the oldest in Japan and uses water from Kasumigaike Pond; as the pond is located at a higher point compared to the fountain, it creates natural water pressure which causes the water to be sprayed upwards 3.5m

I just loved the Kenrokuen chrysanthemum cherry trees which bloom slightly later than traditional cherry trees; each blossom on these trees has 300  petals, just like a chrysanthemum

I just loved the Kenrokuen chrysanthemum cherry trees which bloom slightly later than traditional cherry trees; each blossom on these trees has 300+ petals, just like a chrysanthemum

The Kenrokuen Garden is considered one of the most beautiful, strolling  landscape gardens in Japan; Kanazawa was the second largest city in Japan (after Kyoto) to escape bombing in World War 2

The Kenrokuen Garden is considered one of the most beautiful, strolling landscape gardens in Japan; Kanazawa was the second largest city in Japan (after Kyoto) to escape bombing in World War 2

On November 1st, gardeners begin setting up the famous ropes that protect the pine branches from heavy snowfall; the beautiful circus tent-like structures are a famous sight in Kanazawa

On November 1st, gardeners begin setting up the famous ropes that protect the pine branches from heavy snowfall; the beautiful circus tent-like structures are a famous sight in Kanazawa

This 5 1/2 meter tall bronze statue of a legendary prince was built in the Meiji Era, 1880, and is said to be the first portrait bronze statue in Japan

This 5 1/2 meter tall bronze statue of a legendary prince was built in the Meiji Era, 1880, and is said to be the first portrait bronze statue in Japan

Kenrokuen has the 6 attributes required for a perfect Japanese garden - grandness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, waterways and lookout views; admission is a bargain at just $3

Kenrokuen has the 6 attributes required for a perfect Japanese garden - grandness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, waterways and lookout views; admission is a bargain at just $3

Throughout Japan, I saw gorgeous rhododendrons and azaleas blooming, with the color of this azalea being my favorite; there are 100  rhododendron species in Japan

Throughout Japan, I saw gorgeous rhododendrons and azaleas blooming, with the color of this azalea being my favorite; there are 100+ rhododendron species in Japan

The Neagarinomatsu Pine, planted in 1856, is famous for its raised roots; it's fascinating to see the level of care given to the old trees and every minute detail of the garden

The Neagarinomatsu Pine, planted in 1856, is famous for its raised roots; it's fascinating to see the level of care given to the old trees and every minute detail of the garden

Flying Wild Geese Bridge is made of 11 paving stones laid out to look like wild geese flying in formation; the garden covers only 25 acres and was founded in the 1620s

Flying Wild Geese Bridge is made of 11 paving stones laid out to look like wild geese flying in formation; the garden covers only 25 acres and was founded in the 1620s

Kanazawa is most famous for being home to Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan; Kenrokuen contains roughly 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total

Kanazawa is most famous for being home to Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan; Kenrokuen contains roughly 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total

The Kotoji Toro, a two-legged stone lantern that is one of the most well-known symbols of the Kenrokuen Gardens; the relatively small garden can be seen easily in an hour

The Kotoji Toro, a two-legged stone lantern that is one of the most well-known symbols of the Kenrokuen Gardens; the relatively small garden can be seen easily in an hour

Kenrokuen is located just outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle where it originally formed the outer garden; despite the crowds, this was my favorite garden in Japan

Kenrokuen is located just outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle where it originally formed the outer garden; despite the crowds, this was my favorite garden in Japan

Kenrokuen was planned masterfully and looks amazing no matter the season; the winter scenes I saw with heavy snow on the pine branches were spectacular

Kenrokuen was planned masterfully and looks amazing no matter the season; the winter scenes I saw with heavy snow on the pine branches were spectacular

Posted by VagabondCowboy 09:25

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Login