Korakuen, Okayama

“Three outstanding gardens in Japan” is “a Japanese garden having superior scenery”, and it came to be called such from the time of Meiji Era.. They are the Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, the Kairakuen Garden, Mito City, Ibaraki and the Korakuen Garden, Okayama City, Okayama. The Okayama Korakuen Garden is a Japanese garden of the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a type of Japanese garden with a pond in the centre). A pond or a mountain are placed in the garden and you can enjoy scenery while making a round trip inside of it.
It is a noted garden in Okayama which shows a beautiful expression every season.

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The Okayama Korakuen Garden is born about 300 years ago.
Tsunamasa Ikeda who was the second lord of the Okayama feudal clan made this garden, and thereafter it continued being useful as a place of healing.
By the social circumstances every times and the preference of feudal lord, the scenery of the Korakuen Garden changed, but it has left the flavor of the Edo period even now. It is a place of recreation and relaxation for Okayama citizen, and a large number of tourists come here from the world as well as Japan.

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It was specified as the special scenic spot of Japan in 1952. In addition, it got three stars in Michelin’s sightseeing guide.

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Speaking of the autumnal leaves of Korakuen, collaboration with the Okayama-jo castle is popular. Beautiful scenery consisting of the jet-black castle and the autumnal leaves are proud of overwhelming solemnness, and a person taking a look are fascinated.
Moreover, the autumnal leaves looked down on from the castle tower of the Okayama-jo castle are also recommendations.

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In this garden, there is a teahouse. You can enjoy powdered green tea with a dumpling. How about Kibidango (a kind of dumpling made from millet) of the Okayama noted product with powdered green tea?

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Information

Name:Korakuen
Address:Kourakuen 1-5 Okayama Kita-ku, Okayama 703-8257 Japan
Access:Okayama Electric Tramway Line “Shiroshita-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)
Tel:(+81)86-272-1148
Price:400 yen (Adults : ages 15-64)
140 yen (Children : ages 6-14)
Official site:http://okayama-korakuen.jp/


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