Gyokusen-in Maru Garden opened in Kanazawa Castle Park on March 7, 2015. Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga domain, originally formed it in the space once occupied by the residence of Gyokusenin, Maeda Toshinaga’s wife, the second lord of the Kaga domain. It was subsequently removed when the Kaga domain was abolished. However, due to its historical value as a unique Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden built in Chisen-kaiyu style (with a path around a central pond and spring), also containing stone walls and the remains of old gardens, full reconstruction work began in 2013. Based on old picture maps, ponds, islands, and a group of seminal stone walls were reconstructed above the ruins of the original garden buried in the ground. The difference in height from the bottom of the pond to the top of the stone walls is 22 meters, and “Dan-ochi-no-taki,” a seven-meter waterfall, was also re-formed.

 

A lounge, “Gyokusen-an,” has a Japanese style room where you can try Matcha (green powdered tea) and Japanese seasonal sweets whilst overlooking the garden. At the weekend, there are illuminations in the theme of a scroll painting projected onto the stone walls. The illuminations create images of sunset, evening, and the moon, and their colors change from orange, to yellow, and to white. There are also seasonal illuminations with images such as spring and cherry blossoms. The garden is open between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00. The illuminations are on Friday, Saturday, and on the day before a holiday, from sunset to 21:00.

THE OPENING OF A NEW GARDEN IN KANAZAWA CASTLE PARK

Posted on 10/07/2015

Gyokusenin Maru-teien Garden

Address: 3 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa

Closest bus stop: Kenrokuen-shita

Photo: Kanazawa City