Kenroku-en has ranked among the top three gardens to visit in Japan, quite an achievement in a country that is justifiably proud of its gardens. I took the early morning train to Kanazawa from Kyoto, to spend an entire day in Kenroku-en and see the best is had to offer during the fall season.
One highlight of my visit was fall at Yamazaki hill inside the garden. I came across the hill and the sight took my breath away. The entire hill was carpeted with golden yellow leaves that crunched merrily beneath my feet. A gentle path wound its way up the hill, tracing a curve along the slopes.
A poem stone with a haiku by Matsuo Basho marked the start of the path, and a small, rustic, tea-house at the hilltop,waited patiently for visitors to stop and catch their breath at all the beauty that lay beneath their feet. The rain slowed down to a light drizzle, and the water drops plopped into the cistern near the platform. At the tea-house, I watched the leaves change color from a bright sunshine yellow to a deep amber as the sun sank beneath the horizon. A perfect way to cap a day of memories from a truly beautiful garden.