Monthly Archives: July 2014

Annual Night Festival at Kenroku Park and Kanazawa Castle

In mid April, Kenroku-Garden and Kanazawa Castle were lit-up on a special occasion.
The two sites are located right next to each other and are connected by a bridge. So you can enter from either premises.

From Shiro, our guesthouse, Kanawaza Castle Park is only ten minutes walk away. A perfect location to enjoy the scenery is accessibly day and night.

Usually, we cannot see these premises in the dark.

The fully-blossomed sakura trees were glowing in the dark on a chilly night of an early spring.

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Not only sakura, palm trees were also lit-up, revealing their majestic torso.

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Overall, the trees were dimly lit but that created a surprising effect – it looked like trees were floating in the dark.

The parks were bustling with many street food stalls out that night.

However, unlike chaotic festivals in big cities, there weren’t too many people and hence we were able to keep our own space and enjoy the beautiful light-ups in a relaxed environment. This must be a charm of quiet Kanazawa.

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This is Kanazawa Castle. The stone walls and sakura make us wanting to imagine what the life used to be back in the past.

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Can’t emphasize enough how beautiful sakura trees were.

This is a picture of sakura when the flowers just started blooming.

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There were many people ‘sakura-watching’ under the trees.

Drivers and cyclers who usually speed through the street slowed down on this particular day, unable to resist the beauty of sakura.

The scenery of Kanazawa is getting greener and greener everyday as the Sakura season comes to end.