The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Beautiful Japanese garden

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa, an eastern coastal city, Kenrokuen is rated number one out of 167 things to do in Kanazawa by TripAdvisor. It certainly is a tranquil peaceful place to wile away a few hours.

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

The garden has an area of 11.4 hectares & is located on a hill in central Kanazawa next to Kanazawa Castle.

 Absolutely beautiful

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

 My hotel was great value in a perfect location only 14 minutes walk from the gardens, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Close to everything

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa


Toyoko Inn is an excellent place to stay.

Artificial lake

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Close to the Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan is the Kanazawa castle which is certainly worth a visit.

Prince Yamoto Takeru

 Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

His historical existence is a mystery but there are books that date his life to the 4th century.

Kenrokuen Garden lantern

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

There is a surprise around every corner of Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa.

 Which way shall I go?

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa


Decisions, decisions, there is so much to see at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan. Perhaps I’ll just take a selfie. 🙂

Make sure you have lots of time

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

The gardens are quite huge so make sure you allocate at least 2 or 3 hours to enjoy it fully.

I was so fortunate to have perfect weather

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

Photos look so much better when there is a beautiful blue sky. There seems to be a lot of rain between November & February.

Let’s check the maps

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

It seems like these ladies are planning carefully planning their schedule. 🙂

 Just behind those ladies

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa


Is this rather large stone statue.

Stone bridge

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

One of the stone bridges at Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa Japan.

Carp I presume

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

There were quite a lot swimming in the lake.

Rated one of the three best gardens in Japan

Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

It’s easy to see why this garden is so highly rated in Japan.

Toyoko Inn

 Famous Japanese Garden Kanazawa

My hotel was great value in a perfect location, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount. Make sure you are in the downtown one at Korinbo, it’s more convenient than the one near the station.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets.

I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington.

Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for “long term relationships” so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand.

What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :)

I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit.

Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ????

Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia.

Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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