【AUTUMN】The best season for autumn foliage comes in late November! ”The Kenrokuen garden” in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Kenrokuen in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture is considered one of the three great gardens in Japan. You can enjoy the many different types of seasonal plants throughout the year. In autumn you’ll find maple trees, cherry blossom trees, Japanese zelkova, and enkianthus that all turn red. Illuminated trees are a must see from the 20th of November!


Before the autumn foliage

Ishikawa Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen!

Ishikawa Prefecture can be accessed from Tokyo in just 2 and half hours by the Hokuriku Shinkansen, opened to commuters in March of 2015. Kenrokuen garden is considered one of the three great gardens in Japan and is designated as a “Special place in Japan of scenic beauty”. You’ll find nearly 340 maple trees, 420 cherry blossom trees, Japanese zelkova, and enkianthus that all turn red in autumn. The stunning scenery here is well worth the visit.

Autumn foliage

Don’t miss the illumination! The best time starts in late November!

The best season for autumn foliage in the Kenrokuen garden is said to be from late November to early December. It doesn’t last very long, so please don’t miss this opportunity! It’s nice to visit during the day, but I recommend visiting at night because everything is illuminated. Illumination is from Friday November 20th to Sunday November 29th, 2015, between 17:30 and 21:00 with free admission (normal admission is 310 yen). If you plan to stay in Kanazawa overnight, take in all the beautiful scenery by visiting during the day and the evening!

Fallen leaves

Respect for immortality is reflected to the garden.

Kenrokuen a Rinsen-shiki Kaiyu style design and has been maintained throughout generations. Shenxian thought is rooted in this style and you can see this in the landscape design of the garden. For example, islands set in the large pond express mountain hermits. At the time, domain lords were believed to be the descendants of immortal mountain hermits and hoped to also become immortal. However, the contrast of the short-lived autumn leaves in the garden of immortality is short-lived. This beauty gives sentimental taste to the garden. If you visit Kenrokuen, please try to visit Ochaya-gai, a teahouse that holds on to old world culture.
It’s a great place to learn about old Japanese culture.


Kenrokucho, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture

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Address Kenrokucho, Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture
Hours 1st March to 15th October 7:00~18:00/ 16th October to the end of February 8:00~17:00/ Illumination 17:30〜21:00
Access 15 min by bus from JR Kanazwa station. Near the bus stop “Kenrokuen sita”
Website http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/e/index.html