Okayama Koraku-en

One of Japan’s Three Great Gardens. The huge garden exists in exquisite harmony with Okayama Castle.

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Koraku-en is known as a daimyo (feudal lord) garden with a view of the castle. It has an area of 13 hectare, and has a lawn that is quite unusual for a Japanese garden. The scenic views from Yuishinzan Hill and Enyo-tei House along with the changing landscape throughout the seasons are popular.
Business Hours
Saturday ( 8:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Sunday ( 8:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Weekdays ( 8:0 AM ~ 5:0 PM )
Adult: 400 JPY
Children: 140 JPY

Children 15 years and older pay adult admission
Okayama Korakuen, 1-5 Korakuen Kita-ku Okayama-shi, Okayama
(086) 272-1148

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Enjoy various landscapes at a cultural property that shows its pride to the world

Okayama Koraku-en is one of Japan’s Three Great Gardens along with Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en and Mito’s Kairaku-en. Nationally designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, it has even received 3 stars in the French guidebook The Michelin Green Guide and worldwide praise. There are a variety of structures everywhere within the garden such as the central Enyo-tei House that the daimyo used to welcome honored guests with Mt. Miyao and Okayama Castle in the background. The visitor can enjoy new views as he takes a walk through the garden with Yuishinzan Hill in the center along with a canal and pond at its foot. The view from the most important building of Enyo-tei House has the most beautiful view from within the garden. Normally, the building is not open to the public except for two times in the spring and fall so you will want to visit then. Aside from the buildings, what is also not to be missed is the garden’s harmonious relationship with nature through the plants and Japanese cranes. In the spring, there are cherry blossoms and azaleas, Japanese iris and lotus in the summer, the fall colors, and camellia and plum in the winter so that seasonal scenery can be enjoyed throughout the year. At Koraku-en, Japanese cranes have been raised since the Edo Era. Although the program was halted temporarily, it has returned with the cranes being raised in cages. Annually on January 1st, several cranes are released into the wild with suitably excited visitors celebrating in an air of congratulations for the New Year.

Enjoy even more convenient sightseeing through the navigation app

From May 2015, a smartphone app known as “The Okayama Koraku-en Navigator” was started. Highlights of the garden are introduced through photos and videos, and you can navigate through your tour with the GPS function. Really find out about the buildings, plants and events so that you can further enjoy your tour in convenience.

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8 years ago
A really beautiful garden
I can understand why this garden is one of the top 3 in Japan. It's great to explore, especially because compared to other cities it's rather calm in Okayama. You don't see much people around and can enjoy the nice view. The view of the pond with the castle is really pretty.
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