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Okayama Korakuen Garden

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Okayama Korakuen Garden

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Korakuen 1-5, Okayama 703-8257 Okayama Prefecture
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A T wrote a review Dec 2020
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One of the gems of Okayama, a fantastic traditional garden in the middle of the city. You can feel like you have been transported to a different time in history. Every season has a different feel and the garden is always beautiful!
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Date of experience: April 2020
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BZimm08 wrote a review Dec 2020
Iwakuni, Japan1,544 contributions562 helpful votes
I've heard that Korakuen Garden is a must when visiting Japan, so I visited these gardens after touring the castle. I came here in the evening before it got dark. This time of year they had holiday lights throughout the gardens which were very pretty. At night, the lights were brilliant. Although this garden was very pretty, I felt that I've been to a few others that blew me away and this one was nice but not as interesting as other gardens. There were lovely ponds and streams and a lot of open space. I feel during the day it wouldn't be as exciting. I still recommend visiting these gardens, they were beautiful but I expected more.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Aung YeMun wrote a review Aug 2020
Okayama, Japan60 contributions22 helpful votes
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I went to the Korakuen Garden for the first time at night. This is really beautiful. At that time, I met with the festival. They decorated very good themes with lights. I want to go there again in broad daylight.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Rumples wrote a review Aug 2020
Tucson, Arizona10,498 contributions3,481 helpful votes
We decided to go here because Korakuen is listed as one of the three great gardens in Japan, and my friend was intrigued. But we thought the vast expanse failed to live up to its PR. It features a flat layout with mostly open green lawns and areas with trees. Three ponds and Kako-no-taki Falls make up the water features. As we ambled along the well-maintained paths, I felt as if I had entered a park rather than a special garden. Its fame likely rests on historical and cultural value. The garden originated in 1687 when it became part of the Okayama Castle grounds, and that structure still serves as an impressive backdrop. Garden restoration retains the Edo-era look with features, such as rice fields and tea houses. There is even a crane aviary to represent the long-ago presence of these birds. I thought, however, that the enclosure was rather small for its big residents. Our mid-afternoon visit took place at the beginning of October, too early for fall foliage and too late for an abundance of colorful flowers. Few others joined us on the unshaded paths, where it became rather hot under a blazing sun. We stopped at a kiosk so I could buy a cold drink and was told my friend could not sit with me if she did not buy something, too. So she went out to stand by a pond while I quickly finished my order. The garden sprawls about a 30-minute walk east of Okayama Train Station. We opted to go by bus, which leaves twice hourly from the station and takes approximately 10 minutes. The bus arrives and departs from the garden's main gate, where the ticket office is located. Admission is required and reduced for seniors.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Kimitaka S wrote a review Aug 2020
Taichung, Taiwan9,264 contributions462 helpful votes
Kōraku-en is one of three major gardens in Japan (others are Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kairakuen in Mito), and the highlight of Sightseeing in Okayama. Unlike many gardens in Buddhist temples, it is a combination of a huge park and man-made villas, tea house, kiosk and so on. It is just admirable. It is suitable for anyone including elderlies and children.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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