Did you know you can borrow rain boots (and snow boots in the winter) at the tourist information center at the JR station? The service is free. The representative write down when you borrow and when you will return the boots. (I can't remember but I think they check your passport.) My hostel went the extra mile and helped return the boots!!!
Thus, when my umbrella broke (just as I was walking on the ramp towards Kenrokuen), I unabashedly asked the tourist center at the Kanazawa Castle if I could borrow an umbrella. Luckily, the nice folks at the Kanazawa Castle got a spare umbrella to lend me! They didn't even ask me when I will return the umbrella! (Again, my amazing hostel helped me return the umbrella.)
|the poor umbrella|
Now that I have a new umbrella, I marched on to Kenrokuen. (I wanted to see the Kanazawa Castle too but Kenrokuen was my priority.) In celebration of the hanami season, Kenrokuen offered free admission to the garden.
Since it was cold and rainy, I walk as fast as I could while taking picture of everything I saw. Although I didn't have the leisure to stroll and enjoy the garden to its fullest, I am happy with what I saw. May the sunshine be with me at my next visit.
|This is the route I end up doing.|
|Kotoji Stone Lantern (close up)|
|Panoramic View Point|
Here's a series of sakura pictures I took at the garden. No wonder there are so many weather reports out there for full bloom predictions. Full bloom sakura are indeed the best! I considered this Japan trip a success since the main purpose is to see sakura :)