Saturday, August 28, 2010


Kenroku-en contains roughly 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total. Among the garden's points of special interest, these are the ones I found most impressive:
  • The oldest fountain in Japan, operating by natural water pressure.
  • Yūgao-tei, a teahouse, the oldest building in the garden, built 1774
  • Karasaki Pine, planted from seed by the 13th lord Nariyasu from Karasaki.
  • Flying Geese Bridge (Gankō-bashi), made of eleven red stones, laid out to resemble geese in a flying formation
  • Kotoji-tōrō, (pictured) a stone lantern with two legs, said to resemble the bridge on a koto.
The koto 箏 is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, and is the national instrument of Japan. The Kotoji-tōrō is emblematic of Kenroku-en and Kanazawa and you are likely to see many photographers gathered around this area of the garden.

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