Koraku-en is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan and anyone traveling to Okayama should stop and visit. There is a small entrance fee, I believe it was ￥400. It has wonderful landscape, a big pond and a smaller one, which was covered in lotus flowers the time that I visited. There are also various old buildings (tea-house, pavilions), but they were all closed. Most of them were enclosed with a fence and a locked gate, so you could only see the buildings from afar. I was very disappointed and I don't know why they keep them closed (there were even shutters on the windows or sliding doors, so you couldn't peek inside). I wish I could visit those buildings since I am in love with Japanese traditional architecture. Because of this I can't rate the garden as "excellent", although everything else was great.
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