[Touring] [Ishikawa Prefecture] Bike trip to Kenrokuen! A journey through elegance, nostalgia, and important cultural properties

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I went on a bike tour to Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

This time, we will introduce the charms of Kenrokuen and things to keep in mind when visiting by bike.


What is Kenrokuen?

Kenrokuen is one of Japan’s three famous gardens located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

It was created in the early 17th century by Toshitsune Maeda, the fifth lord of the Kaga domain, and has been designated as a special scenic spot by the country.

Kenrokuen is a strolling garden with ponds, waterfalls, tea rooms, bridges, pine trees, and other beautiful landscapes.

Kenrokuen is also home to many historical buildings, including the tea room “Kenroku-tei” and the “tea room Sesshu-an,” which have been designated as national important cultural properties.

Route to Kenrokuen

It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from central Tokyo to Kenrokuen by expressway.

The starting point is from the Yaesu Exit of Tokyo Station and run along the Tomei Expressway to the Shin-Meishin Expressway.

Transfer from the Shin-Meishin Expressway to the Higashi-Meishin Expressway and then the Meishin Expressway, get off at the Kanazawa Nishi IC, and proceed along National Route 159 towards Kenrokuen, arriving at Kenrokuen in about 30 minutes.

Highlights of Kenrokuen


Kenrokuen has the following highlights, and you can have an experience full of elegance and nostalgia. Some of them are designated as important cultural properties and are quite worth seeing.

Chisen stroll garden

  • pond
  • waterfall
  • tea room
  • bridge
  • pine

Tea room “Kenroku-tei” and “Tea room Sesshuan” designated as important cultural properties

In particular, the 13 scenic spots arranged around the pond are a representative highlight of Kenrokuen.

  • Kasumigaike
  • Hyōtan Pond
  • Nakaike
  • teahouse
  • Chayabashi Bridge
  • old pond
  • Tojinbashi Bridge
  • Yanagibashi
  • Tea room Sesshuan
  • Kenroku-tei tea room
  • Tea room Zangetsutei

Kenrokuen motorcycle parking lot

Kenrokuen has a parking lot for motorcycles.

The parking lot is located on the north side of Kenrokuen and can accommodate approximately 200 cars.

Parking fee is free.



Kenrokuen is also a recommended spot for motorcycle touring.

You can enjoy the magnificent pond and the beautiful scenery of each season.

There are also various tourist spots around Kenrokuen, such as Kanazawa Castle and Higashi Chaya District.