Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa Castle Park, Kenroku-en garden, & Hirosaka Park

Flickr: Kimon Berlin

This run hits some of the scenic & historic highlights of Kanazawa, including the famous Kanazawa Castle and adjacent Kenroku-en garden. We’ve mapped a 5 km route, to be used as a guideline, as there are numerous paths in these areas. This is particularly gorgeous in cherry blossom season and in fall colors.

Castle grounds. Flickr: Geoff Whalan

Start 1 km through the paths of Hirosaka Park, near the modern art museum. Exit the south end, crossing the moat into the Kanazawa Castle Park grounds. There are numerous paths around the grounds of this restored 16th-century castle, and some good hills! A loop is ~2 km. Exit the southeast end into Kenroku-en garden, considered one of only three ‘perfect gardens’ in Japan. It’s beautifully landscaped, enjoyable in any season. We’ve mapped a ~1.3 km loop around the perimeter, but you can also use this 1.3 k interpretive walking tour map. Exit the northwest end of the gardens, loop around the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and back through Hirosaka Park to complete the route.

Longer Run: It’s 0.5 km to our Sai River route, with 9 km of paved paths on both sides of the river.

Notes & Tips: See information for hours and fees. Castle grounds are free. Admission is free during ‘early hours’ to Kenroku-en, where it might be OK for running. Use respect and discretion.  Castle InformationGarden Information.

Essentials
  • 5 km (3 mile) route map to be used as guideline.
  • 46m (151 feet)
  • Mapped route starts at Hirosaka Park
  • Numerous access points & gates

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Essentials
  • 5 km (3 mile) route map to be used as guideline.
  • 46m (151 feet)
  • Mapped route starts at Hirosaka Park
  • Numerous access points & gates