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2011/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa

Kanazawa's Loop Bus can be seen along the road between Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden

Today I visited the most famous cherry blossom spots of Kanazawa and found the city's flowers to be at full bloom. From now and into the weekend will be the best time to see the flowers in the city this year. Today was the only cherry blossom report from Kanazawa this season.

One of the main benefits of visiting Kanazawa is the convenient location of its attractions, which are all clustered in the downtown area close to the station. The Kanazawa Loop Bus can be taken directly from the station to all of the nearby sites. Today I took a rental bicycle, but it is also possible to walk to the spots in around 30 minutes.

Kanazawa Castle Park
April 14, 2011 - full bloom

Kanazawa Castle Park consists of the castle grounds and its reconstructed buildings, which were made with painstaking effort to resemble the original constructions. The park has a beautiful open lawn area just after the main entrance through the Ishikawamon Gate, but there are only a smattering of cherry trees. The most attractive spot for cherry blossoms is a tunnel of flowers created by the trees that line the castle's northern moat.

Cherry blossoms surround the entrance to the park in front of the Ishikawamon Gate
The attractive lawn area past the gate
The northern side of the castle
The ceiling of flowers caused by the rows of cherry trees beside the moat
A close up of one of the branches

The one negative aspect of today's visit was the fact that the wall beside the Ishikawamon Gate is currently undergoing construction so that the area below is not as attractive for hanami parties as it was last year. There is also another good spot for hanami parties near the northern moat.

The area outside the Ishikawamon Gate isn't as attractive for hanami parties as it was last year
Hanami parties in a grove of cherry trees outside the castle's northern moat

Kenrokuen Garden
April 14, 2011 - full bloom

Just across from the castle is Kenrokuen Garden, considered one of the country's three most famous traditional gardens. The garden certainly is beautiful, and I enjoyed today's visit as much as my previous ones. There are about 400 trees across the garden, which are also at full bloom.

Cherry trees in the garden's Sakuragaoka area
Cherry trees accent some of the garden's panoramic views
Cherry trees also hang over walking paths, bridges and creeks
A cherry tree branch in front of one of the park's many pine trees

Kazuemachi Chaya District and Asano River
April 14, 2011 - full bloom

I originally didn't plan on visiting the city's Chaya Districts, but since they were so close I figured that I might as well enjoy their special, traditional atmosphere a bit. While I was there I noticed that the riverside Kazuemachi Chaya district and the Asano River had quite a few attractive cherry trees that are also at full bloom, so I decided to include them in today's report.

Cherry trees and children were numerous alongside the Asano River
A couple walk below cherry blossoms in the Kazuemachi Chaya district
A close up view of some of Kazuemachi Chaya's flowers

The flowers today were fantastic and I was also lucky enough to visit during a clear, sunny day. In my opinion, the very best flowers were technically not in any of the sites I visited, but were actually found on the rows of trees between the castle and the garden. Visitors to the area should take the time to take a stroll under these blossoms if they have the good fortune to visit Kanazawa in the next few days.

Visitors walk below the row of cherry trees between Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen
Above the blossoms, a couple can be seen approaching one of the entrances to Kenrokuen Garden
A man can be seen approaching the Ishikawamon Gate through a sea of flowers

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List of Posts:
2011/09/01 - Final Post
2011/05/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sapporo
2011/05/06 - Cherry Blossom Report: Hakodate
2011/04/22 - Cherry Blossom Report: Aizu
2011/04/21 - Cherry Blossom Report: Sendai
2011/04/16 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2011/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2011/04/13 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2011/04/12 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/11 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2011/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2011/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kagoshima
2011/03/31 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2011/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2011/02/11 - Shiretoko Fantasia 2011
2011/02/11 - Asahikawa Winter Festival - by night
2011/02/10 - Asahikawa Winter Festival - by day
2011/02/09 - Sapporo Snow Festival 2011 - by night
2011/02/08 - Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi 2011
2011/02/07 - Sapporo Snow Festival 2011 - by day

2010/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2010
2010/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2010/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/25 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/24 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/23 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2010/11/16 - Autumn Color Report: Tokyo
2010/11/05 - Autumn Color Report: Yamadera
2010/10/27 - Autumn Color Report: Kuju
2010/10/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kirishima
2010/04/10 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2010/04/09 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2010/04/08 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2010/04/07 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2010/04/05 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2010/03/26 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagoya
2010/03/25 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nagasaki
2010/03/22 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kumamoto
2010/03/21 - Cherry Blossom Report: Fukuoka
2010/01/23 - Wakakusa Yamayaki

2009/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2009
2009/11/26 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Light Up
2009/11/23 - Autumn Color Report: Nara
2009/11/22 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Ohara
2009/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2009/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto Kurama
2009/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Hakone
2009/10/07 - Autumn Color Report: Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Autumn Color Report: Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2009/06/18 - Biking the Shimanami Kaido
2009/06/01 - Gunkanjima
2009/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Osaka
2009/04/15 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Himeji
2009/04/14 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kobe
2009/04/13 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kanazawa
2009/04/12 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/05 - Cherry Blossom Report: Yoshino
2009/04/04 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/04/03 - Cherry Blossom Report: Nara
2009/04/02 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kobe
2009/04/01 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/03/31 - Cherry Blossom Report: Himeji
2009/03/30 - Cherry Blossom Report: Kyoto
2009/03/29 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2009/03/26 - Cherry Blossom Report: Tokyo
2009/01/19 - Bears in Hokkaido

2008/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kamakura
2008/10/06 - Autumn Color Report: Lake Akan
2008/08/18 - Miyajima Trip
2008/06/09 - Post Towns
2008/05/08 - Baseball Game
2008/04/14 - ASIMO and Aoyama Cemetery
2008/04/08 - Ninja Restaurant