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Koraku-en - one of Japan's best gardens
The Koraku-en (後楽園) is one of the best known sightseeing spots in Okayama and ranks within the three best gardens of Japan (日本三名園 Nihon Sanmeien).
The garden was already commissioned in 1687 by feudal lord Ikeda Tsunamasa. Construction finished 14 years later in 1700 and is still remaining in its form except some small changes. The garden was used by the ruling to entertain their important guests, but also was opened to the public occasionally. In 1884 the garden became property of Okayama Prefecture and was completely opened to the public.
With 130.000 m² Koraku-en is a large landscape garden, including many Japanese elements, just like ponds and streams, koi carps, plum, cherry and maple trees or tea and rice fields. You also can find tea houses, small pavilions and bridges. Okayama castle, which is just situated next to the garden, can be seen in the background. Take some time to walk through the whole area and enjoy the whole scene.
Koraku-en is around 1.5 kilometers east from Okayama station. You can walk there within 25-30 minutes or take public transportation. The entry fee is 400 yen, however there is also a combination ticket with Okayama castle if you plan to visit both the same day.
So, if you come up to be in Okayama one day, don’t miss to visit Koraku-en!