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“Respite”
Review of Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden
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US$696.98*
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Private Kanazawa Custom Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
Ranked #1 of 235 things to do in Kanazawa
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Owner description: 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.
Takasaki, Japan
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Respite”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

This garden is one of the top 3 gardens in all of Japan, and it's easy to see why. Once a private garden of the Maeda lords of Kanazawa, this place was once forbidden to the general public. It's a perfect example of the paradoxical delicate sensibility that accompanied the often warlike calculations of the Samurai class. Aside from being fascinating from a historical viewpoint, this garden in a perfect place to cool your heels after a long day of sightseeing.

Visited August 2014
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Hasselt, Belgium
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“Beautiful landscape garden”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

The Kenrokuen garden is a beautiful example of Japanese landscape gardening. It's located near the castle and at a walking distance form the city centre. It's easy to reach on foot or by loop bus.

Visited August 2014
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Japan
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“beautiful and expansive Japanese garden”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

A beautiful and expansive Japanese garden, Kenrokuen is well worth a visit if you go to Kanazawa. There is a small fee, around 300 Yen, to enter, but it is worth it. The scenery is varied, with trees, rocks, streams, winding paths, hills, ponds, fountains, and a lake. Lots of details and things to see around the garden, so be sure to follow the map they give you at the ticket office (at one of the entrances) to see as much as you can.
Be prepared to walk a lot, though there are places to sit and rest. When it is hot in summer, bring your own bottles of water, as there are few stalls or vending machines within the garden. There are plenty of shops and traditional restaurants just outside, though, where you can get drinks and ice cream.
Kenrokuen is also very close to Kanazawa castle and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, so there is a lot to see if you are in the area.

Visited July 2014
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NiagaraFallsCanada
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“Peaceful and Beautiful”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Large garden in the middle of Kanazawa. One of the highlights of our visit. We went early in the morning and very quiet. It was quiet and serene, as Japanese gardens tend to be. Lots of photo opportunities.

Visited July 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Peaceful”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We visited on a showery so it wasn't too crowded. There are many eared to explore and the gardens are beautifully maintained. Would love to visit in spring or autumn.

Visited July 2014
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