Free admission to Kenrokuen if you are over 65

Posted on 01/07/2015

After leaving Kanazawa castle, we walked to Kenrokuen Garden, known as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. My mum brought me here when I was a kid but I can’t remember at all… When we went there this time it was Citizens’ Day, meaning that admission to the garden was free for residents of Kanazawa, although admission for the over-65s is always free (lucky mum!) – just show your passport at one of the ticket booths.


Kenrokuen is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. Usually, cherry trees go into full bloom in the first week of April and then they only last for about a week. We went there in mid-April but luckily we were still able to see them. You can see cherry blossoms in spring almost everywhere in Japan but Kenrokuen is without doubt one of the best places. It is a huge garden so we decided to follow the map in our guidebook to see the Kotoji stone lantern, Karamatsu pine tree, and Kasumiga-ike pond, etc. Although we followed the map, we still got lost and ended up arguing to find an exit (you know mums…!)

My feet were killing me after walking round the garden so we decided to pop into a café, LE MUSEE DE H KANAZAWA. The café is in the Ishikawa prefectural museum of Art, just outside the Zuijinzaka entrance to Kenrokuen Gardens. This café is owned by a world-famous pattissier, Hironobu Tsujiguchi. There were so many different types of cake, all displayed so beautifully, that it was hard to choose… And they sell bread as well. I just remembered that the last time we went to Kobe we had some cake after lunch and couldn’t really enjoy our steak that night as we were still full. I didn’t want to make the same mistake so I ordered a small crème caramel and my mum ordered a crème brûlée with a pot of tea. I was so thirsty that I drank my tea all at once.

Photo: Ishikawa Prefecture

Kenrokuen Gardens

Opening hours: 7:00 - 18:00 from 1st March to 15th October, 8:00 - 17:00 from 16th October to 28th February 

Address: 1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Post code: 920-0936

Admission: Adult 310 yen, child 100 yen

Closest bus stop: Kenrokuenshita (兼六園下)