We arrived in Kanazawa from Takayama in the afternoon and during check in at the hotel was advised to go straight to the gardens as it was opened for Cherry Blossom festival - the gardens were opened to public, free of charge, until 2100.
So, we went on a JR bus from Kanazawa station and went straight to the park. Needless to say, the gardens were amazing with the flowers.
It was even more special as it was opened to the public for free, so we saw so many people, school kids, work colleagues, family, friends just enjoying the gardens. Everybody had their cameras out for the cherry blossom.
As we only arrived there in the afternoon, we managed to experience sunset in the gardens, and also evening time when all the lights were lit - it was simply magical !
Outside of the gardens were food stalls and also restaurants. It was a very authentic experience indeed.
We then took the JR bus back to Kanazawa station. The JR bus is included in your JR pass but somehow only a few people know about this, even the tourist center at Kanazawa station didn't know about this. It is difficult to find timetable and any information about the JR bus in Kanazawa - we were only lucky because we asked two ladies who we recognised went with us to the gardens in the afternoon (and were luckily going on the same bus back).
A definite must see during cherry blossom season !
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