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“LOVELY EVEN IN WINTER”
Review of Korakuen Garden

Korakuen Garden
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$742.28*
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2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Kyoto Including Miyajima and Kurashiki
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$742.28*
and up
2-Day Hiroshima Tour from Osaka Including Miyajima and Okayama
Ranked #1 of 132 things to do in Okayama
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Traralgon, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 411 helpful votes
“LOVELY EVEN IN WINTER”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We visited the gardens after looking through Okayama castle having bought the package ticket to visit both. It was early in the morning and very cold but the gardens are lovely even in the middle of winter. They must be a pure joy in Spring/summer and Autumn. Great to spend a couple of hours there just strolling around taking it all in, very relaxing. Built between 1687 and 1700 by the daimyo [Japanese Feudal Lord] Ikeda Tsunamasa it is today as it was then. As you wander around you come across ponds and many shrines and tea houses built for succeeding daimyo and around every corner of the path you get a different view, quite stunning. There are hundreds of trees and the plum and maples must be glorious in the spring and autumn.There are rice and tea fields there and apparently the tea is a very ancient variety. Quite a few festivals are held there during the year including rice planting and a tea picking ceremony. There are many different buildings there all used by the daimyo for entertaining or relaxing. You could imagine it was a very busy place at times and at other times so peacefull. It is considered one of the most famous gardens in Japan and one can only wonder about the famous historical figures that have walked it's path . A must visit if in Okayama.

Visited January 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“A Nice Garden”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

Just nice.. with ponds and koi fish.. bamboos.. tea plants.. traditional Japanese houses.. autumn foliage and very spacious even though there were thousands of visitors during my visit...
Okayama Castle located next to this garden and the ticket can be purchase together...

Visited December 2013
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high wycombe
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“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

This didn't live up to expectation for me. I have been to many temple gardens in Kyoto that I would rate more highly. It was an overcast day which may not have helped.

Visited November 2013
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Buderim, Australia
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“Lovely, even under grey skies”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Spent a very pleasant and rewarding couple of hours in this 'strolling garden' as the Japanese call them, where it is all about enjoying the different landscapes and sweeping views. But if you really love gardening and you can spare a day, take a limited express train north from Okayama to Yasugi (about 2 hours - free on a JR rail pass. Free shuttle from the station) and visit the Adachi Museum of Art and associated gardens (google it). Simply breathtaking and a five star garden.

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“I had my wedding here”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Korakuen garden is wonderful!

We were the first westerns to be married in the garden.

The wedding was in April and it was just beautiful!

The staff were very friendly and their service was above and beyond!

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