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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...more
After reading all the reviews here, we were surprised by the ordinariness of these gardens. The “highlights” were nothing special, and we’ve seen much more beautiful gardens in other countries. Very disappointing....
This garden is absolutely breath taking. We spent a few hours in this garden while on our vacation in Japan and luckily it was not crowded. This was definitely a highlight for us while staying in Kanazawa because my boyfriend proposed marriage to me at...More
The garden is too big and I would recommend that you constantly keep yourself hydrated if in summer so you can enjoy the complete view. Some fountains were too small and boring. Overall worth the visit. Good place to click a lot of pictures.
Beautiful garden, a must see in Kanazawa. Recommend the bus to get there, the one day pass for 500 yen makes getting around easy too. Many great photo ops too! Also get the combination ticket for the castle for 500 yen, saves money and is...More
It is the best thing we saw in Kanazawa. You need to pay (you can do a joint ticket for the garden and the - reconstructed - Kanazawa castle) but it is worth. Also not to miss is the villa inside the garden. It’s the...More
This magnificent garden began as part of an outer garden of Kanazawa Castle in 1632. From the original Hisago Pond, the garden expanded up the hill and came to be known as “Kenrokuen” or “garden combining six,” referring to the six requirements for a garden—seclusion,...More
One of the main reasons to visit Kanazawa is to spend time in this beautiful garden. It is so well kept and well designed. Despite the big crowds visiting, one can still find a piece of peaceful sorroundings to enjoy some quiet time for reflection
The Diamond Princess is the largest cruise ship that uses Kanazawa port at 115,000+ tons. Because of this I think it uses the Ohama Wharf and not the Tomizu Wharf, where the smaller cruise ships dock. Ohama is on the north... More
The Diamond Princess is the largest cruise ship that uses Kanazawa port at 115,000+ tons. Because of this I think it uses the Ohama Wharf and not the Tomizu Wharf, where the smaller cruise ships dock. Ohama is on the north side of the harbor nearer the harbor entrance where it's deeper, but also further from the bus lines. (Viking may be able to tell you if this is correct).
Either way, with limited time in port (I think you depart at 3 PM), I would look into a taxi from the wharf to Kenrokuen and that museum area. It would save you time and the hassle of finding bus stops and making transfers in a place you've never been. A taxi to Kenrokuen should take about 25 minutes and cost somewhere around Y2000 (It cost me about Y1000 from the station to the garden). If you have 2 or 3 people to share the costs, the convenience and time saved would make it worth the extra yen.
I didn't know the answer but I see someone else has replied with that. However, if you have the choice, get there early. It was very busy when we visited mid morning and hard to experience the tranquility.
Have a nice time.