Panoramic image of Kenrokuen Gardens Kanazawa © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

Kanazawa Castle And Kenrokuen Gardens…

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.

Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Closer view in the sun… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Castle side view © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Gardeners at Kenrokuen Gardens Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Gardening in the gardens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Interesting tree supports…the Yukitsuri protect the tree from heavy snows and are a recognisable feature of the gardens every winter © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Heron in Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Grey Heron perched peacefully eyeing the tourists… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Koi Carp, Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Koi in the gardens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Statue at Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Samurai statue… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Yūgao-tei, the oldest teahouse in the garden which was originally built in 1774… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
The last of the light © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Heron in Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Switching to the 200mm for a closer look… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Panoramic image of Kenrokuen Gardens Kanazawa © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Multi image panorama of the beautiful Kenrokuen gardens at dusk… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kenrokuen Gardens © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
© Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Dusk at Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Night falls… © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Door detail at Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Door detail at Kanazawa Castle © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Station © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Station entrance © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Kanazawa Station © Michael Evans Photographer 2017
Panorama of the impressive station entrance © Michael Evans Photographer 2017

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.

I do offer my images for sale as fine art prints, please do contact me if you require any further information.

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