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Gyokusen Garden

A quiet garden in the shadow of Kenroku-en

If the crowds in nearby Kenroku-en get to be too much, head down the hill to the Gyokusen Garden, a private garden that sees few visitors. Designed in the early 1600s by Naokata Wakita, a naturalized Korean who was a chamberlain for the local Maeda lord, the garden is split into two levels. As visitors stroll around the garden, they can look out for the pond whose shape is that of the Japanese character for "heart" and the lantern with the symbol on its base that marked Wakita as a hidden Christian. In autumn, this is an enjoyable place to view the fall foliage.