Okayama Korakuen is located at a position that you can visit from Okayama station by walking. Okayama Korakuen which is known as one of the “three Japanese national parks” is a garden representative of Genroku culture (in the middle stage of the Edo period), which was created around 1700.
Okayama Korakuen is a garden created by Tsunamasa Ikeda, the second lord of the Okayama clan in the Edo period. It was originally built as a place of peace and enjoyed the view. However, it was rebuilt after the era and “migratory” was provided so that you can enjoy even walking. Depending on the lord, there are records that the citizens have allowed to enter and use, and it is also known as a garden where you can know the history of Okayama.
Okayama Korakuen was designated as scenic spot in 1911 as one of the few gardens that can convey the fantasy of the Edo period. In 1952, it was also designated as a special scenic spot.
It is also known as a cherry blossom spot, and in spring you can enjoy about 280 Someiyoshino etc. While traveling around the park you can enjoy spring with cherry blossoms and riding ground. Also you can rent a stroller so you can enjoy a beautiful scene transmitted from old days with a small child.
The scenery of Korakuen has changed over due to the social circumstances of each era and the preferences of the lords. However, it is still a place of relaxation for the citizens of Okayama, with a taste of the Edo period, and a large number of tourists visit from all over the world as well as from all over Japan.
Speaking of autumn leaves in Korakuen, collaboration with Okayama castle is still popular. The scenery which the jet black castle and the autumn leaves weave are proud of overwhelming majestic and take away the heart of the viewer.
The autumn leaves of Korakuen which overlooking from the castle tower of Okayama castle are also recommended. The autumn leaves begin to color from the beginning of November every year, and the best time to see it is from mid November to early December.
“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.
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.
It was specified as the special scenic spot of Japan in 1952. In addition, it got three stars in Michelin’s sightseeing guide.
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.
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?
|Address:||Kourakuen 1-5 Okayama Kita-ku, Okayama 703-8257 Japan|
|Access:||Okayama Electric Tramway Line “Shiroshita-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)|
|Price:||400 yen (Adults : ages 15-64)
140 yen (Children : ages 6-14)
Please refer the official web page.