Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama

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#1 of 138 in Parks in Okayama Prefecture
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
Experience one of Japan's finest landscaped gardens at Okayama Korakuen Garden, dating back to the 18th century. The site features traditional landscaping, streams, paths, a large pond, and hilltop lookout, but remains best known for its sprawling lawns. The garden additionally features views of the neighboring Okayama Castle. Through the years, the estate has been damaged by flooding and war, but historically accurate restoration returned it to its former glory after World War II. Plan your visit to Okayama Korakuen Garden and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Okayama itinerary website.
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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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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.....  more »
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  • A great place to visit and worth your time to walk and enjoy the environment. I recommend visiting the small hut in the pond for a tea ceremony, for only 800 yen its well worth the experience. Hand made cups. Very relaxing. Limited English but the hostess is friendly and will try her best. Some great photos can also be taken of the area. Lots of fish as well.
  • It's a nice place for a walk. Not much going on though... If you just want a nice park to stroll through, it's good. But the actual amount of historical information provided is quite slim. Maybe that's by design because they don't want to put signs all over the place?
  • This is probably one of the best out of the four Japanese Gardens across the country. You can come at different seasons and go away with different memories. Highly recommend. All this reflections from the ponds and streams are magical.
  • If you are ever in Okayama, you owe it to yourself to visit Korakuen. The grounds are immaculately kept. There are plenty of Japanese style structures to see and flowers to view. You can easily done the day just walking the park and taking in the amazing views. This would be the epitome of a Japanese Garden. When I think Japanese Garden from now on, this will be the first place I imagine.
  • Worth a visit. With lot's of love the garden is maintained. Loved to see rice fields and bamboo woods. I can only image being there to watch the cherry blossoms

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