Arguably the greatest garden in all of Japan and officially recognised as being at least in the top three, Kenroku-en is a reason to visit Ishikawa all by itself. With almost 9,000 trees, it’s spectacular the year round, but particularly so when snow-bound in winter, and then a few weeks later when it erupts with spring. Almost 400 years old, it is as prestigious today as it was when founded by the Maeda clan. Highlights include the 241-year-old tea house, the Flying Geese Bridge and the glassy surface of Kasumi pond. Kenroku-en is embodiment of the traditional image of Japan you’ve always had in your head.