Okayama Korakuen Garden

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Okayama Korakuen Garden
4.5
07:30 - 18:00
Monday
07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 18:00
Thursday
07:30 - 18:00
Friday
07:30 - 18:00
Saturday
07:30 - 18:00
Sunday
07:30 - 18:00
About
In 1687, daimyo (feudal lord) Ikeda Tsunamasa ordered his vassal Tsuda Nagatada to begin the construction of a new garden. The groundwork took 13 years until 1700, but since then the garden has retained most of its original appearance across the Edo period (1603-1868) until the present day. The garden was used as a retreat for the daimyos as well as a place for entertaining their guests, although people of the fiefdom too could visit it on certain occasions. As time went by, successive daimyos slightly modified the garden adding and removing hills, lawns, ponds and buildings, but the initial concept of Korakuen as a wide, bright space offering beautiful inner and outer vistas remained constant and unaltered. In 1884, the ownership of Korakuen was transferred to Okayama Prefecture and the garden was opened to the general public: since then it is carefully managed as a historical cultural asset to be passed down to future generations.
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HortDude
Iwakuni, Japan125 contributions
Nice gardens
Feb 2021 • Family
Well cared for gardens with all the expected Japanese highlights. Tons of Koi fish and great historical features, such as the rice patties. Took us about 1 hour to walk the garden on a nice and sunny February Day. Highly recommend if you’re in the area as it is the highlight of the area.
Written 13 February 2021
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jarmwr40
British Columbia, Canada3,110 contributions
give yourself time to explore this wonderful garden.
Oct 2020
am finally able to relate our experiences of our 2019 exploring trip rather than a working trip to japan.
covid knocked me for a loop.
visited hiroshima first and then takamatsu before coming along here.
stayed at the wonderful ana crowne plaza, located beside the station.
this garden was only a 30 minute walk from our hotel.
built in 1700, a wonderful spot with an uncommon large lawn area.
133,000 square m., on the n. bank of the asahi river.
100 maple trees and 100 plum trees, not in their glory when we visited.
the scenic promenade has a new view at every turn of the path which connects the ponds, hills, streams, teahouses and tea and rice fields.
the okayama castle lends itself as the borrowed scenery.
this was a wonderful reprieve.
it is one of the 3 great gardens of japan. severely damaged by fire in 1934 and during the war in 1945, and restored based on well kept edo period diagrams and paintings.
i could have spent more time here. so much to explore and enjoy.
a wonderful and amazing garden.
from here one can access the okayama castle by way of the south gate crossing the tsukimi bridge.
Written 10 February 2021
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A T
4 contributions
Beautiful Garden
Apr 2020
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!
Written 28 December 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,643 contributions
Beautiful Gardens but I expected more
Dec 2020
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.
Written 12 December 2020
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Aung YeMun
Okayama, Japan99 contributions
Beautiful park
Aug 2020
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.
Written 31 August 2020
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Thank you for your comment, see you again at daytime!
Written 1 September 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,831 contributions
Pleasant for Strolling but Nothing Special
Oct 2019
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.
Written 27 August 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan10,318 contributions
Admirable
Aug 2020 • Solo
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.
Written 17 August 2020
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Variety is the key feature of Korakuen. Thank you!
Written 1 September 2020
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Sheila S
Los Angeles, CA68 contributions
A peaceful garden
Nov 2019
Beautifully laid-out gardens perfect for a restful afternoon! There's so much to see - take your time and enjoy the peace!
Written 16 August 2020
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Thank you for your comment! See you again!
Written 1 September 2020
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caistriona
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia121 contributions
Must-visit at least once in your lifetime
Jan 2020
Came here to tick one of "Three Great Gardens of Japan" off my list. This garden was by far the most spectacular Japanese garden I've been to, and is planned down to the T (haven't been to the other two, so can't compare).

The aesthetic of every single part of this garden is deliberate, down to the way the tree branches bend, or even the imperfections in the landscape. It is meant to conjure a different scenery at every angle you turn, with the most famous scenery being that of the centre mound in the garden against the "borrowed scenery" backdrop that is Okayama Castle.

Please note that this is not the original garden however - it has gone through several refurbishments and restorations throughout the past few centuries given severe flooding and bombing damage in the past. The aesthetics of it however, are maintained to be as close as possible to the original, including the "look and feel".

Was mindblown by the degree of detail and planning, and even the types of materials used in Japanese landscaping - truly an art form!

There are some cute souvenir shops in the garden worth purchasing sweets and souvenirs from, and they also sell unique craft beers alongside Okayama's famous kibidango made by Koeido.

As a head's up, we found it difficult to get a taxi (low frequency) when we wanted to leave the gardens to get back to our hotel, so might wanna plan in advance.
Written 2 June 2020
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Simply Travel and Eat
Singapore, Singapore12,749 contributions
Great Garden
Mar 2020
A very picturesque location for very nice picture. The Okayama castle is just located beside the garden and provides for a good backdrop. A peaceful stroll around the garden. A well maintained garden with a big pond in the middle.
Written 5 April 2020
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