Hokuriku & Tokai 2016 (2/29) : Kenrokuen garden (兼六園)

Great pine trees, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016) ISHIKAWA (Kanazawa etc)
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After we left our baggage to our hotel, we went to Kenrokuen garden.

Hokuriku & Tokai 2016 (1/29) : To Kanazawa (金沢)
Kanazawa without snowfall in January ! I went to Kanazawa in January. Though Hokuriku Shinkansen opens last year, I th...

Kenrokuen is included in Three Great Gardens of Japan with Korakuen garden in Okayama and Kairakuen garden in Ibaraki.
Well, I hadn’t been there :p

Finally I went to Kenrokue that is one of the Three great gardens of Japan !

Entrance, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Why I went to Kanazawa in the middle of January ?

Of course, for seeing beautiful snow view of Kenrokuen !

Where’s snow ?

Hisago pond, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Well, it was unusually warm winter and snow country don’t have much snow. They couldn’t open ski ground as usual.
So, as you see, there’s no snow in Kanazawa, too !

Pond, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)

暖冬のため、1月中旬でも雪がまったくない兼六園。ただひたすら寒いだけ( ノД`)シクシク…

(But two days later, there’s heavy snowfall)

Nevertheless we visited to snow country during winter, there was no snow !
It was just too cold !

Yukiduri is to place ropes or wires around trees to protect them from the snow.

Great pine trees, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Though there’s no snow !
Mostly they do it around November to prepare severe winter.
Once it snow, those looks like Christmas trees !

Kenrokuen was constructed as garden of domain of Kaga (or Kaga province).
Maybe it was the least beautiful season for Kenrokuen when we visited there. Cherry blossoms, plum blossoms season, green season during Spring and summer, Autumn leaves and snow world. It must be beautiful. But when we went to there, it was dry wood season. Still it was good.

Center of garden, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Mimuro tower, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Umiishi tower, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


Somehow, Amaterasu Omikami there.

Amaterasu Omikami, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


So, I couldn’t impressed by the view. Also there weren’t many people there.

Amaterasu Omikami and field, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


But plum blossoms started to bloom 🙂 I have to visit there again.

Plum trees are beginning to bloom, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


The view of city.

View of city, Kenrokuen, Kanazawa (Hokuriku&Tokai 2016)


They opened at night time to show light up gardens during we stayed there. But it was too cold, so I didn’t go out.

Sometime they open by free of charge. The information is available at their website.

It was getting too cold, so I gave up going to Kanazawa castle. we warmed ourselves in Starbucks coffee for a while…

About Kenrokuen garden (兼六園)

Address / 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
Station / Kanazawa station (JR)
March 1st – October 15th / 7:00 – 18:00
October 16th – End of February / 8:00 – 17:00
Close / No scheduled
Website / http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/(in English, Chinese and Korean language)



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