Kenrokuen Garden is one of the three famous gardens along with Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito. These three gardens are known as “Nihon Sanmeien” (The Three Great Gardens of Japan).
Kenrokuen Garden is located on a hill in the centre of Kanazawa city, outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle. Kenrokuen Garden was opened to the public on May 7th, 1874. “Kenrokuen” means the “six attributes garden”, the six attributes that make up a perfect garden are: spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, waterways, and panoramas.
The garden has about 8,750 trees and 183 species of plants on an area of 11.4 hectares. In the garden, you can find many interesting spots within the wide landscape, such as natural water pressure of the oldest fountain in Japan, teahouses known as “Yūgao-tei”, the bridge made of eleven red stones, pagoda, Kotoji-tōrō (a unique two-legged stone lantern in the northern part of the garden) and Karasaki Pine which was planted from seed that came from the place close to the Lake Biwa.
Kenroku-en Garden is famous for it’s seasonal beauty, you can enjoy the different nature of all four seasons. In spring, from around mid-February to the end of March, you can see beautiful plum blossoms in the southern end of the garden. After that, the Japanese most famous flower Sakura begins to blossom around April.
During summer, when the day is hot, the water flow that is spurt out from the fountain is a good choice for visiting. Another good spot is Midori Waterfall which flows from Kasumiga-ike pond into Hisago-ike pond. You can view it from Yugao-tei tea house while enjoying your tea.
The best spot to see the falling leaves in autumn are Yamazaki-yama Hill and Kasumiga-ike pond. There, you can find the maple trees with yellow leaves falling down beautifully.
The reflection of winter scenery on Kasumiga-ike pond looks wonderful. The karasaki pine trees supported by ropes also make a nice view.