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Seison-kaku, the history museum located in the corner of Kenroku-en is a magnificent villa built by Maeda Nariyasu, the feudal lord of the Kaga clan as a retirement house for his mother. This two-storied wooden building is a precious architecture of an elaborate design throughout the building and has both the air of a feudal lord's dwelling and eccentricity. It symbolizes the wealth of the Kaga Domain with a value of one million koku of rice. It was designated as a national important cultural property together with its garden. Its colorful architecture introducing the Western materials like glass and pigment provides a peaceful and graceful space.
- 1-2 Kenroku-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- From JR Kanazawa station, take Hokutestu bus on route 10, 11, 12. Ride for 12 minutes and get off at the bus stop Dewamachi. Walk for 2 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Wednesday (the next day when it falls on national holiday)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission 700 yen
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”Ekken no Ma” with Colorful Ranma
”Ekken no ma” was designed as a guest chamber to have formal meetings. The carpet was made-to-order with a family crest on it and ranma (wooden panel with openwork) was made from a sheet of hinoki, Japanese cypress, with relief curved on both sides. The design of the ranma is of Japanese prum tree, camellia and a bird of paradise drawn by bright colors.
Breathtaking beauty of “Gunsei no Ma”
Bright ultramarine blue is used to paint “Gunsei no ma.” Both this room and “Shoken no ma” has ceilings painted with artificially prepared pigment which was quite expensive in those days. This color was only permitted to Maeda clan for use. It is said that the train design of the Hokuriku Shinkansen was inspired by this color.
”Cho no Ma” that Overlooks “Tsukushino Midori Teien”
“Cho no ma” on the first floor is a living room that overlooks the garden Tsukushino Midori Teien. The 20-meter veranda was specially designed without a single pillar because they obstruct the view. Furthermore, the garden was built to have no sound of water in order to enjoy the sound of birds singing.
Exhibition of Historical Materials
Collections of articles of the Maeda family, gorgeous kimono, dolls, and paintings are displayed in the exhibition room. Displayed items are changed seasonally so that you can see different ones every time you visit.