Kenrokuen Garden

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)


Kenrokuen, along with Mito Kairakuen and Okayama Kourakuen, is renowned as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. It was constructed by the lords of the Kaga clan over a long period of time and earned the status of Daimyo garden (the garden of a feudal lord) during the Edo period. Located in the center of Kanazawa, the garden is beautiful in every season and delights locals and tourists from all over the world.

Kenrokuen was built in the style of “Kaiyu-shiki” (“go-round” style), adopting gardening techniques passed down through the generations. “Kaiyu-shiki”-style gardens usually feature a central pond connected to a series of smaller ponds by “Kyokusui” (winding stream). The gardens typically include man-made hills, different types of trees, Gotei (residences) and Chaya (teahouses), where you can stop while strolling around the garden.

How to get to Kenrokuen Garden from Kanazawa Station

Take the Kanazawa Loop bus on the Right Loop (RL) route from stop 7 at Kanazawa Station East Gate Bus Terminal and get off at Kenrokuen Garden/Kanazawa Castle Park. It takes approx. 15 mins and a single fare is 200 yen. If you travel on a Saturday, Sunday or a national holiday, the Kenrokuen Shuttle is in operation. Take the bus from stop 6. The one-day bus pass is valid on these lines.

Photo: Kanazawa City

Photo: Kanazawa City