Kaikoen Garden

Kaikoen Garden, Komoro: Hours, Address, Kaikoen Garden Reviews: 4/5

Kaikoen Garden
Historic Sites • Gardens
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
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Scott M
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Stop the zoo
Apr 2019 • Family
A little-too-early for cherry blossom season, the park is particularly sparse and drab with no focal point to draw attention other than some bright and happy cartoon posters of a smiling lion advertising the 'zoo'.
Anyone associated with this 'zoo' should be ashamed, and advertising it with bright happy posters seemed especially mocking and disrespectful for what seemed much closer in reality to be nothing short of exhibited animal cruelty.
A lion exists in a concrete and steel cage not much bigger than a single car park. Emus and monkeys were similarly confined. Not a blade of grass or green foliage anywhere for these animals that are used to vegetation, heat and open space.

My teenage children left crying.

We debated the merits of writing a review: knowing that decreasing visitor numbers could leave the location with even less resources to care for the animals... but increased patronage may encourage more 'exhibits'.
Hopefully no other/new animals suffer the fate.
Some org needs to take action to get the animals to better conditions and force closure of this part of the gardens.
Written 30 April 2019
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Vermont6,475 contributions
Fabulous sakura!
Apr 2018 • Couples
Kaikoen at Komoro Castle is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. It is worthy of a day trip even if you are not in the area, if you get a report that sakura is at peak.

We visited from Ueno after a brief visit to Ueda Castle where the blossoms were past peak. We took the train from Ueno to Ueda and then another train to Komoro where we had heard the blossoms were near peak. The information from a TA friend was correct. The sakura were in full bloom and the sight was lovely.

The grounds of the castle ruins contain many cherry trees and most were just about perfect. There are some special pink weepers protected by fencing and noteworthy. Everything was beautiful.

We walked around on the main level and then took the stairs up to the bastion and walked the walls looking down on the trees below. Stunning!! - but dangerous if you get too close to the edge especially when someone walks behind you.

Lots of families were enjoying a Saturday hanami under the trees. Children enjoyed the costumed samurai and cosplay anime characters and had their photos taken with them.

We had no interest in the zoo and, in fact, avoided it, though we did cross the bridge for another vantage point for photos.

In the previous year we had visited Ueda from Nagano. Ueda and Komoro would be an easier day trip from there but were not impossible from Ueno.
Written 20 January 2019
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Melbourne3 contributions
Utterly disgusting zoo
Mar 2018 • Couples
If I had known that the ticket to enter the park and see the cherry blossoms also included access to the zoo, we wouldn't have made the trip from Karuizawa. The park itself is lovely enough, although we were too early for all the cherry blossoms, and the castle remains are quite cool, but after you cross the bridge you are met with a 1920's era zoo. There were dozens of animals in small cages, they looked miserable, sick and depressed. For a country which prides itself on cleanliness and organisation, the conditions these animals were in was utterly repugnant. If you have any regard for animal rights or decency then do not patronise this zoo or associated park.
Written 31 March 2018
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Guildford, UK526 contributions
Not so special in summer
Aug 2016 • Couples
I see some positive reviews during the Spring and Autumn time. I believe that will be great, for me however I made the visit in Aug 2016 and there's not much to see (not even taking the rainy day into account ...). I did enjoy some time by going to a small museum close to the ticket office. There was some pieces of information which is good to understand the history.
Written 31 July 2017
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Singapore, Singapore764 contributions
Lovely Cherry Blossom Park!
Apr 2017 • Solo
Came all the way from Tokyo to Komoro just to see cherry blossom as read about this park is 1 of the top 100 cherry blossom spots.

Took bullet train from Tokyo to Sakudaira & change to local train to Komoro. It's on the left side of Komoro station & walk thru underpass will lead u here.

It's a big park, entrance area some food & drink stalls, so lovely to walk into a park that full of cherry blossom trees! Simply awesome! Some has started to drop off while some still in full bloom.

Spend quite a few hours there as I just can't stop admiring how pretty it's :D Nice to see some dogs in the park too.
Written 7 May 2017
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Karen C
Singapore, Singapore63 contributions
Beautiful place to catch sakura in full bllom
Apr 2017 • Couples
We made a deliberate detour here enroute to Toyama with careful planning, in the hope of catching the sakuras in full bloom. We were not disappointed and were duly rewarded with a beautiful sight! A lovely place to spend some time for a leisurely walk to appreciate the different species of the cherry blossoms. You need to pay 300 yen per person to enter the park, and get access to all the sakura trees inside the park. There are several lookout points for a bird's eye view of the town and of the park itself. Some visitors were sitting under the trees soaking in the sights; a Japanese couple dressed in traditional kimono was having their bridal shots taken among the cherry blossoms by a professional photographer. A light breeze scattered the pink flower petals onto the park grounds - this is what you can only imagine on TV shows. Totally worth it! Try to factor in time for a meal at the famous soba shop located right outside the park. It is very crowded and popular with tourists and visitors to the park. Unfortunately, there was a long q and we were rushing to catch our train to Toyama so we were disappointed that we could not try the soba. We settled for the soft cream cone instead.
Written 3 May 2017
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New Delhi, India1,003 contributions
Autumn Paradise
Nov 2016 • Couples
Taking a train from Tokyo one has to reach Sakudaira by Bullet Train 2 hours and then a local to Komoro by a romantic small train journey 45 mts and a walk of 15 mts brings you to this paradise in autumn .The play of nature is at its excellence as you stroll through the garden cum zoo ..
Many hues of leaves gives you so much pleasure and must be visited by those seeking Autumn Leaves in Japan .
It leaves you spell bound imagining Imperial Japan here .
Written 19 November 2016
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Edinburgh, UK1,197 contributions
Night cherry blossom light-up
Apr 2016
A 24-minute Shinano train ride from Karuizawa then a 3-minute walk. Exit Komoro Station, walk to the left then take the underground passage. It costs 300 yen during the day but seems to be free at night during the annual Sakura Festival (桜まつり), with lanterns tastefully lighting up the place 'til 10 pm. It took us an hour to slowly walk through the place. The last train back to Karuizawa is at 10:37 pm. There are only 1 or 2 trains per hour so time it well.

The photos online really don't do this place justice. There are more than 400 cherry blossom trees here but it's much larger and more beautiful than I thought and also much less crowded than any hanami spot in Tokyo. This year the sakura here reached full bloom 2 weeks after Tokyo and it was also 10 degrees colder in mid April.

There's a pretty large area to sit under trees if you bring your own tarp and a small restaurant selling drinks and hot food. Make sure you climb up see the blossoms from above. It was like a dream!!Absolutely gorgeous! We were both very impressed. Definitely recommended.
Written 16 April 2016
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Rekha K
5 contributions
Dusty dull place not for animal lovers
Mar 2016 • Family
Made the mistake of going to the zoo. This is definitely one to avoid if you are an animal lover. Many of the animals looked seriously ill and poorly cared for.. They were in isolated concrete enclosures. The worst was a bear in a small enclosure who looked like it had a cancerous growth on its mouth. Really grim place. The park was dusty and aside from the ruins failry unremarkable. Very depressing visit!
Written 31 March 2016
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Prentiss P
Durham, NH206 contributions
Back in Time
Dec 2014
Visited many times in all seasons and always enchanted by the ancient stone walls, towering trees and distant views of the Chikumagawa river. Only the remains of the old stone walls and a classic gate are standing but it's enough to feel the presence of the castle energies. There are festivals scattered throughout the year: Cherry Blossom, Obon, Tanabata and several others, all fun and full of the spirits of old Japan. Mid week it's quiet and meditative, weekends are busy with visitors, some to the adjoining, small zoo. There is also an earthy minchuku (guest house) right in the middle - for a night IN the castle. Whenever in Komoro, just walk over from the station and spend some time here -back in Time.
Written 25 October 2015
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