Arriving mid afternoon into Kanazawa from Takayamawe quickly checked into our hotel near the station, squeezed our bags into what purported to be a hotel room, only smaller, and headed out to explore while the weather was still favourable.
A 20 minute walk from the station and we arrived at the beautiful Kanazawa castle, which we planned to visit the next day and yet I snapped a few frames as we made our way to the famous Kenrokuen gardens. While not particularly colourful in terms of floral varieties, the gardens are still magnificent and somehow still manage to induce a peaceful feeling despite the clamoring of the many tour groups. It is justifiably regarded as one of the three great gardens of Japan, and a must for any visitor to the city.
The gardens first began to take shape in the 1620’s and continued to develop up until the 1840’s under the direction of the Maeda clan. Among the many unique features of the gardens is the Kotoji-toro, a two legged stone lantern which is emblematic of Kenrokuen and Kanazawa; it can clearly be seen in the panoramic view across the ornamental pond.
As usual all the images were captured with my trusty Canon 5DSR and travel kit of 17mm TS-E f4, 24-70 f2.8 L II, 70-200mm f2.8 L II IS, all carried in my Think Tank Speed Racer.
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