Feb 22, 2017
Together with Kanazawa's Kenrokuen and Mito's Kairakuen, Okayama's Korakuen (後楽園) is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens. With a history dating back to 1687, Korakuen was the brainchild of feudal lord Ikeda Tsunamasa (池田綱政) during the Edo era. It took 13 years to build and has very much retained its original appearance until present day.
Occupying an approximate area of 133,000 square meters, Korakuen incorporates many typical features of a Japanese landscape garden, including large pond, running streams, hills, bridges, and many others. With a rich species of trees that include plum, sakura, and maple, almost any season is a good time to visit Korakuen. And having been to all three of Japan's Three Famous Garden, I must say, this is my outright favourite!
Korakuen is approximately 1.5km from Okayama Station, it's a 25 minutes walk away (via the side gate), or alternatively, take the bus (every 15 mins, http://www.okayama-kido.co.jp/bus/) bound for Fujiwara Danchi (藤原团地) from platform 1 of the bus terminal right in front of the train station, and alight at Korakuen-Mae bus stop (後楽園前), situated right beside the garden main gate, the bus journey takes 12 mins. It is also possible to take the street tram and alight at Shiroshita (城下駅), from where it's a 700 meters walk to the side gate.
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