Kenrokuen, a Historically Important, Beautiful Garden
January 27, 2023
Kenrokuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and is located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is located about 3.5 hours from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen bullet train. Kenrokuen Garden is one of the representative gardens of the Edo period (1603-1867), and was created over a long period of time by successive lords of the Kaga domain. The garden is characterized by its kaiyushiki style. The garden is characterized by its kaiyu-style garden, which consists of a large pond, artificial mounds of earth called tsukiyama, and residences and tearooms scattered throughout the garden, allowing visitors to enjoy the entire garden while stopping by them. It is said that Kenrokuen Garden began when Maeda Tsunanori, the fifth lord of Kaga, built a villa and turned the surrounding area into a garden. Later, part of the garden was destroyed by fire in 1759. After that, the 11th feudal lord Osanobu built Suitaki and Yugao Tei in 1774, and two years later Uchihashi-tei was constructed.