In Tokyo, I went to visit the old area of Kagurazaka, which is rather picturesque.
I also saw the beautiful park of Rikugi-en
A pond at Rikugi-en
Then I went on to Kanazawa.
Here I started by visiting a friend's house and her pretty garden.
We went on to see the old samurai quarter
A corner of a samurai's garden
Koi in the pond
Then we went on to the castle. It was largely destroyed by fire, but parts have survived and were recently renovated.
Maeda Toshiie's shrine.
A view inside the walls.
But, nearby, the pride of Kanazawa is Koraku-en, a truly magnificent park. I will post photos from it tomorrow.