One more week, our luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is taking us to a new Asian spot. Today we are travelling to Japan to go all over the amazing Kenrokuen Garden.
The garden dates back to the Edo Period, when it used to be the outer garden of the nearby Kanazawa Castle. And after many changes, in 1871 Kenrokuen was open to the public and was designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty in 1922. Later, in 1985, was rated higher and became a National Site of Special Scenic Beauty.
The name of Kenrokuen literally means “the garden of six sublimities” regarding what the Chinese traditionally believed of the necessary features for a perfect garden: spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, watercourses and panoramic views.
Covering an area of 11 hectares, Kenrokuen Garden contains Kasumiga-ike Pond, the biggest pond in the garden. On the pond we find what is considered the symbol of the garden, Kotoji lantern, a stone lantern with two legs, said to resemble the bridge on a koto.
Another emblematic point at Kenrokuen is the fountain Funsui, the oldest fountain in Japan, which operates by natural water pressure.
Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful garden all year round. However, the best time to visit it is during spring, to contemplate the colour of its 63 different types of flowers and the blooming of cherry blossoms in April.