Korakuen Garden in Naka Ward Area
Korakuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden located in the Naka Ward area of Okayama, Okayama, Japan. It is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Kairaku-en in Mito. The garden was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, the feudal lord of Okayama, and has been open to the public since 1884. It covers an area of 13 hectares and features a large pond, hills, teahouses, and a variety of trees and flowers.
The garden is open year-round, but the best time to visit is in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, or in autumn, when the leaves change color. There are also special events held throughout the year, such as tea ceremonies, flower exhibitions, and traditional music performances.
- Engetsu-kyo Bridge: This iconic arched bridge is one of the most popular photo spots in the garden. It offers a beautiful view of the pond and the surrounding hills.
- Yuishinzan Hill: This hill offers a panoramic view of the garden and the city of Okayama. It is also home to a teahouse where visitors can enjoy a cup of matcha tea.
- Dazaifu Teahouse: This traditional teahouse was built in the Edo period and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Visitors can experience a traditional tea ceremony here.
- Kasumigaike Pond: This large pond is home to many koi fish and turtles. Visitors can rent a boat and paddle around the pond for a unique perspective of the garden.
Korakuen Garden is located about 1.5 kilometers from Okayama Station. It can be reached by foot in about 20 minutes, or by bus from the station's east exit. The entrance fee is 400 yen for adults and 140 yen for children.
Approximate latitude and longitude: 34.6617° N, 133.9356° E