Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This beautiful park contains one of the top three celebrated gardens in Japan. The name Kenrokuen literally translates to “garden combining six”, referring to the six attributes all gardens should have: seclusion, antiquity, spaciousness, human ingenuity, water and scenic views.
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  • TravelBlogAR
    Queensland, Australia134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning in every way !!
    Breathtaking !!! Some of the most beautiful gardens I have ever visited !! Put it on your just do list - Kanazawa is gorgeous and the gardens are really spectacularly maintained- enjoy a drink in the cafe as well ! The spices are ground freshly and are delicious and refreshing!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Paul B
    Nice, France1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t want to leave
    This without a doubt the most beautiful garden in Japan! It’s quite big and every single place you look at is beautiful and extremely well taken care of. It’s perfect to walk around and feel the nature and have some time to relax, there are restrooms and a few restaurants. This is one of those places you don’t want to leave!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Luv2TravelFarNWide
    Atenas, Costa Rica1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding example of Japanese Gardens
    This large garden was opened to the public in 1871 and features acres of beautiful mature trees, expansive ponds and lovely landscapes. We understand why it is rated "one ofJapan's 3 most beautiful landscape gardens. It was everything we anticipated it to be. There is no way we could visit it all, or at least not in just 1 day of touristing here. But we enjoyed meandering through this lush environment on a warm summer day, even though there were plenty of other tourists.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • tim r
    137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute perfection in a garden
    Really, words are never going to do this place justice. But we'll have an amateurish stab at it: We visited at 5:30 in the morning first, more or less had it to ourselves, dashed about like wide-eyed children trying to drink in all the beauty. It's free entry if you go early and leave by 7 am ( but the ticket price was very reasonable anyway), so we went and had breakfast at our minshuku, and then arrived back at about 9:30, bracing ourselves for the crowds as it was peak cherry blossom time. But it never really felt too crowded - it was just wonderful watching everyone utterly enchanted, as we were, by the falling blossom, the wedding parties, and so many people dressed up specially in beautiful kimono. Spent the rest of the day there. Honestly, it was the experience of a lifetime.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kenrokuen Garden
    You have to pay a fee to visit this garden but it's definitely worth it. Make sure you get a combined ticket if you also visit the Castle. It's very relaxing to stroll around the garden, plan enough time so you don't have to rush around. There are toilets, vending machines and souvenirs shops on the grounds.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
  • wendy d
    Laguna Beach, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning , tranquil gardens
    You could spend several hours here. The gardens are a must see. The water adds so much to the overall beauty and reflections of the plantings in the water offer great photo opportunities.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
  • maapar
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina940 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous garden
    Gorgeous well kept garden with some leaves changing colors this fall. If you are over 65 you get in for free. Many ponds, statues, bridges, waterfalls. Spent about 1 1/2 hours here and it was not too crowded either.Definitely worth seeing.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 December 2023
  • Daniel W
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lives up to the hype
    Gorgeous and enormous garden that prompts peace and reflection. You could spend hours exploring it. Gardeners are constantly at work and the park reflects their attention and care. Many teahouses and coffee shops within. Entry fee very cheap.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2024
  • liucy752
    Taipei, Taiwan1,545 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous
    A gorgeous garden. Unlike most Japanese gardens that are designed to be enjoyed at fixed points, this garden is meant to be admired while walking (迴遊式花園 wandelgarten ~ walking garden). Actually, this is the character of most gardens around the world, but it is relatively rare in Japan. It wasn't until visited this place that I learned that "Kenroku" ( Six attributes - a combination of six characteristics that are difficult to appear at the same time) originated from a poem by Li Gefei (李格非), a poet of the Song Dynasty in China. ……. and He was father of the very outstanding poetess Li Qingzhao (李清照). The garden is carefully designed and maintained. It is worth a visit if you have time, but in my opinion, it's not a must-see.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning gardens, a must see
    This is an absolute must see garden in Japan. It’s absolutely stunning, beautifully manicured and maintained. The grounds are quite large so even with inevitable tour groups, it doesn’t feel crowded. The cherry tree grove hadn’t quite bloomed while we were there but it really didn’t matter as the whole garden is so pretty and interesting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
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Pitmedden, UK444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a pleasant garden with nice lakes that were enjoyable to walk around despite the gentle rain. Unfortunately there was a selfish woman taking a long time and hogging all the best back drops while being photographed by a man, in her prima donna poses. This is obviously not the garden fault, so do enjoy them.
Written 14 June 2024
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Jon T
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
It’s a nice place to walk around for an hour or two, but for one of the better known gardens in Japan, it didn’t seem to stand out from other that I had visited.
Written 13 June 2024
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Angelo G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The most beautiful garden I have seen so far in Japan. Went there on three consecutive days (twice right after 7 am). Most impressive thing: different parts have different characters in terms of vegetation and form language.
Written 7 June 2024
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore9,240 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
I had visited few of the top beautiful gardens in China: the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai and the Lingering Garden in Suzhou. Chinese Gardens tend to be bold, exotic, ornamental and boast of exquisite architectural structures dotted with fine elegant calligraphy. Japanese Gardens, on the other hand, influenced by Zen Buddhism are simpler, meditative and emphasize on tranquility, balance and serenity. When I was residing in Jurong East in Singapore, I used to visit the Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden and they invoke different feelings in me on the beauty of landscape designs.

This Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園)is one of the top three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan and is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. It was opened to the public in 1871. The name "Kenrokuen" means "a garden combining six." It was considered to have all six attributes of a good garden stated in Chinese literature in the 11th century; spaciousness, quietness, human strength, stateliness, water and rocks, and beautiful views. Artificial elements of bridges, lanterns, and pagodas were designed to fit seamlessly into the surrounding natural elements of rock, plants, and water.

Admission is free for all visitors aged 65 and above. We showed our passports and there is no second query. It was drizzling when we visited the garden. The environment was so peaceful and cool. As I strolled around the garden, my mind gradually went into a meditative state and my thoughts become calmer amidst the zen peaceful surrounding.

I like this natural setting. It is shinrin yoku (forest bathing). Air is fresh and the many evergreen trees invoke tranquility and serenity. The bridges, the rocks and the gravel, the stone lantern, the stream, the fountain dotted along the path and I wondered if I am strolling on a philosophical path searching for the meaning of life and its emptiness.

Walking around the Garden invokes moments of inner peace and calmness in the mind. Let all thoughts of unhappiness, anxiety, worries, blow away with the wind, 让一切随风.
Written 7 June 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is the most beautiful garden I have ever been in. There are lots of water features for reflections and, as the cherry blossom was in full bloom, it was easy to take some wonderful photos. Although it was busy it felt calm, spiritual and peaceful with everyone walking quietly around. There were lots of people working in the garden, weeding and pruning the trees and you can tell how much care is taken here. Would definitely recommend visiting here.
Written 14 May 2024
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Jessica S
Calgary, Canada379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The landscaping was a melange of colours, the trees were manicured, the bridge and waterfalls were lovely. We even saw a crane!
Written 13 May 2024
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Tamara B
St Clair, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Beautiful gardens but meeting a staff member that was so passionate about the place was the highlight for me. To see the enthusiasm and pride in his eyes when he spoke to us about where he worked was as beautiful as the gardens themselves. He showed us what the gardens looked like covered in snow and explained the ladies I had seen working hard intricately weeding by hand all day. They had so much pride in their work and the results are to be appreciated.
Written 26 April 2024
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AptosAmy
Aptos, CA605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you love gardens and tranquility, Kenrokuen Garden at 1-1 Marunouchi in Kanazawa, Japan is a great place to visit. Seniors are admitted for free. I hope to return.
Written 20 April 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an absolute must see garden in Japan. It’s absolutely stunning, beautifully manicured and maintained. The grounds are quite large so even with inevitable tour groups, it doesn’t feel crowded. The cherry tree grove hadn’t quite bloomed while we were there but it really didn’t matter as the whole garden is so pretty and interesting.
Written 16 April 2024
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RL
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Stunning garden and walking around it to experience all the different areas was beautiful. I can understand why it's named one of the three best gardens in Japan. A must visit if you're in Kanazawa.
Written 15 April 2024
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