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Korakuen (後楽園, Kōrakuen) is a beautiful landscape garden and Okayama's main attraction. Along with Kanazawa's Kenrokuen and Mito's Kairakuen, Korakuen is ranked as one of Japan's three best landscape gardens. It is located just beside Okayama Castle, which can be seen from the garden as "borrowed scenery".

The local feudal lord ordered the construction of Korakuen in 1687 as a place of entertainment for the ruling family and a location for receiving important guests. Occasionally, the public was permitted to enter the garden.

In 1884, a few years after the end of the feudal era, Korakuen became the property of Okayama Prefecture and was opened to the public. The garden suffered damage from floods in 1934 and bombing during the war, but it has always been restored to its original state thanks to the accurate records kept by the garden's designers.

Korakuen is a spacious garden that incorporates the typical features of a Japanese landscape garden, including a large pond, streams, walking paths and a hill that serves as a lookout point. Rather unique for a Japanese garden, however, are Korakuen's spacious lawns. Also found in the garden are groves of plum, cherry and maple trees, tea and rice fields, an archery range and a crane aviary.

Getting there and around

Korakuen has two entrance gates: a main gate beside the Prefectural Museum and a south gate near the bridge that crosses to Okayama Castle.

Korakuen is about 1.5 kilometers or a 25-30 minute walk east of Okayama Station. Trams on the Higashiyama Line can be taken to Shiroshita stop (5 minutes, 100 yen one way, frequent departures) from where the garden's south gate can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk. Alternatively, the Korakuen Bus connects the station with the garden's main gate in a little over ten minutes (100 yen one way, 2 buses/hour).

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Hours and Fees

Hours

7:30 to 18:00 (March 20 to September)
8:00 to 17:00 (October to March 19)
Admission ends 15 minutes before closing time.

Closed

No closing days

Admission

410 yen (Korakuen only)
580 yen (Korakuen and Okayama Castle)
Various other combination tickets are also available

Typical Visit Duration

45-90 minutes

Hotels around Okayama

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    • Panda Stay Okayama
      Budget-friendly
      Offering free WiFi and free private parking, Panda Stay Okayama is situated in Okayama, just less than 1 km from Shimoishii Park. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1 km from AEON Mall Okayama. The holiday home has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bidet. Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Momotaro Statue, Rokkosei Memorial Statue and Okayama Baptist Church. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 13 km from Panda Stay Okayama.
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    • Guest House MEETS Okayama
      Budget-friendly
      Situated within 200 metres of Tanukian Bunko Art Museum and 600 metres of Houkancho Shopping Street, ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山 offers rooms in Okayama. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as Kuni Shrine. The property is set less than 1 km from Momotaro Statue and a 10-minute walk from Rokkosei Memorial Statue. AEON Mall Okayama is less than 1 km from ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山, while Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street is a 13-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Granvia Okayama
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Okayama Station, Granvia Okayama is a 15-minute train ride from Kurashiki. It offers restaurants with 19th-floor views, an indoor pool with a sauna, as well as rooms with free WiFi and free wired internet. Each air-conditioned room at Hotel Granvia Okayama is equipped with bath and shower facilities, a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. All rooms are also fitted with an electric kettle. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from Koraku-en Garden and Okayama Castle. An hour’s train ride takes guests to Shikoku Island. Kibitsu Shrine is a 20-minute drive away. French cuisine is served at Prix d'Or Restaurant, featuring panoramic views. Kibizen Restaurant offers seasonal Japanese foods. Chinese dishes and teppan-yaki are also available. Sky Lounge Applause offers beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
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    • Okayama Koraku Hotel
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Okayama Koraku Hotel offers modern rooms with free wired internet and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy massages and free-use bicycles. This hotel was selected as one of the Top Romance Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2015. The air-conditioned rooms at Koraku Hotel include a private bathroom with bathtub and amenities. Slippers, a fridge and a seating area are provided. Each room has a humidifier. Nishigawa Ryokudo Koen Tram Station is just a 1-minute walk from the hotel. Okayama Castle is 1.5 km away, and Okayama Koraku-en Garden is about a 15-minute walk away. The 24-hour reception offers luggage storage. A free-use microwave and coin-operated launderette are provided. TOMOE Restaurant offers a buffet-style breakfast featuring Japanese and Western dishes from 06:30-10:00.
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    • GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Situated in Okayama, near Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street, Komori Shrine and Nishigawa Canal Park, GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Kochin-ji Temple, Rokkosei Memorial Statue and Kotohira Shrine. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 12 km from GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae.
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    • Hotel Abest Grande Okayama
      Mid-range
      Featuring a fitness centre, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, Hotel Abest Grande Okayama is set in Okayama, 200 metres from Nishigawa Canal Park and 400 metres from Komori Shrine. The property is situated 700 metres from Okayama-ji Temple, 700 metres from Kochin-ji Temple and 700 metres from Kotohira Shrine. The hotel features family rooms. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Hotel Abest Grande Okayama offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. Guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and laundry service at the property. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street, Yakushi-in Temple and Kongo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 12 km from Hotel Abest Grande Okayama.
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    • Torii-Kuguru
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in July 2013, Torii-Kuguru offers free Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals and a launderette. This non-smoking property features a garden and a shared kitchen, a 10-minute walk from JR Okayama Station. Guests can relax in a shared lounge with a bar. The hotel has private rooms with Japanese futon bedding on a wooden floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and have heating facilities, while toilets and bathrooms are shared. From hotel Torii-Kuguru it’s only a 10-minute drive to Okayama Castle or Korakuen Park.
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    • ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Located in downtown Okayama, ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama offers comfortable and bright rooms with free WiFi, only a 1-minute walk from JR Okayama Station West Exit. It features 3 dining options and a 24-hour reception, while concierge services and currency exchange are available. Okayama ANA Crowne Plaza is a few steps from the Okayama Convention Centre and the well-known Takashimaya department store. The Koraku-en is a 10-minute taxi ride, and Okayama Airport is a 30-minute drive. Rooms have an interior in relaxing beige tones, with contrasting dark wooden furnishings and curtains. They come with wide and extra-long beds, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. A safe, nightwear and toiletries are provided. The Hotel ANA Crowne Plaza provides laundry services and luggage storage. The lobby offers free WiFi, and rental facilities are available for in-room use, such as a DVD player, an air humidifier or a trouser press. A car rental company is in the same building, and a minimart can be found next door. Japanese dishes can be enjoyed at the backdrop of the city skyline, at top-floor Japanese restaurant Kuriya-Sen. Lounge SEN is also located on the 20th floor. Casual Dining Urbano serves Western dishes.
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    • Lazy House
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Okayama, within less than 1 km of Shimoishii Park and a 12-minute walk of AEON Mall Okayama, Lazy House provides accommodation with barbecue facilities and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the guest house each room is fitted with a private bathroom. An Asian breakfast is available daily at Lazy House. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Okayama Baptist Church, Momotaro Statue and Rokkosei Memorial Statue. The nearest airport is Okayama, 12 km from Lazy House, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Only a 2-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae offers modern accommodations with free WiFi. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand system, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Includes an air purifier/humidifier and a trouser press, while sleepwear and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Rental laptops and dry cleaning services are offered at the 24-hour front desk. A coin-launderette is on-site and a free-use PC is provided at the lobby. Western dishes are served for lunch and dinner at the Resort Restaurant. Japanese dishes are available at Tsuki no Utage as well. Okayama Ekimae Daiwa Roynet Hotel is a 20-minute walk from Okayama Castle and Kouraku-en Garden. Okayama Airport is a 40-minute drive away. An electronics store Bic Camera is located in the same building.
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