Three Great Gardens: #1 Kenroku-en

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Kenroku-en (兼六園) is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It is located in Kanazawa, in Ishikawa prefecture on the west-side of Honshū.

The origin of the garden goes back as far as the early 17th century. It is a beautiful example of Japanese landscaping. I particularly like the extensive use of water: ponds, streams, brooks, falls and even the oldest (natural) fountain in japan.

For more info check out the Wiki page on Kenroku-en.

The other two Great Gardens are Koraku-en in Okayama and Kairaku-en in Mito.


Traveled to Kanazawa from Kyoto with the Thunderbird express. The journey takes a bit over two hours.

Train drivers during shift change. Japanese rail staff dedication to quality and service has often been hailed as exemplary, and rightly so.

Kanazawa station, with the great wooden Tsuzumi gate in front. A big band was playing jazz underneath it.

The gardens are located next to Kanazawa castle.

Inside the garden








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