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Kenroku-en information

Kanazawa , Japan
1-1 Marunouchi
+81 76 234 3800
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adult/child ¥310/100
Opening hours
7am-6pm Mar-15 Oct, 8am-4.30pm 16 Oct-Feb
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Ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan, this Edo-period garden draws its name (kenroku 'combined six') from a renowned Sung-dynasty garden in China that dictated six attributes for perfection: seclusion, spaciousness, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. Kenroku-en has them all. Arrive before the crowds to increase your chances of silent contemplation.

It is believed that the garden, originally belonging to an outer villa of Kanazawa-jō, was developed from the 1620s to the 1840s and was so named in 1822. It was first opened to the public in 1871.