Friday, June 22, 2007

Kenroku-en, 兼六園

Along with Kairaku-en and Koraku-en, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa is considered one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It is famous for its beauty in all seasons and is an old private garden developed from the 1620s to 1840s by the family of Maeda, the rulers of the former province of Kaga.

Every autumn the old pine trees get roped up with poles to help the trees support the weight of the snow in winter, a technique known as 雪つり (yukitsuri).
The two-legged Kotoji-tōrō lantern is one of the most famous sights in the park. Make sure to drink green tea at the tea house and keep an eye out for the kingfisher (川蝉 - kawasemi) who nests in the park.