Kenroku-en is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens" alongside Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen. Many people consider it the best of them all.
The spacious garden used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa-jo Castle. Constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries, it was not opened to the public until 1871.
Kenroku-en features various ponds, streams, waterfalls, bridges, teahouses, trees, stones and flowers. The water for the many streams and rivers of the park is diverted from a distant river by a sophisticated water system constructed in 1632.
The name Kenroku-en literally means "Garden of the Six Sublimities", referring to spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views, which according to Chinese landscape theory are the six essential attributes that make up a perfect garden.