Around 300 years ago, Okayama Koraku-en was built for the 2nd daimyo of the Okayama clan, Ikeda Tsunamasa, as a place for him to retreat to. Alongside Mito’s Kairaku-en and Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en, Koraku-en is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
Awarded three stars by Michelin Green Guide Japan, Koraku-en is considered a beautiful garden landscape not just in Japan, but worldwide.
The garden also features the Enyo-tei House, once used to house visiting daimyo, a Noh stage, a crane aviary, and more.
The nearby Okayama Castle can also be seen from within the garden, so it is possible to take great photographs of the castle alongside the garden.
During the autumn, as the leaves in the garden change colors, Koraku-en hosts its “Autumnal Fantasy Garden” event, where the park opens in the evening for guests to enjoy the fantastical atmosphere of illuminated autumn leaves.
Basic information on Okayama Koraku-en
- 1-5 Korakuen, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama
- 25 minutes on foot from Okayama Station, or 12 minutes by bus from Okayama Station (take the Fujiwara Danchi route of the Okayama Electric Tram from the bus terminal’s #1 boarding area, get off at the stop for Koraku-en)
March 20th through September 30th 7:30-18:00 (entry until 17:45)
October 1st through March 19th 8:00-17:00 (entry until 16:45)
※Hours may change due to events.
- Open every day
- 15-64 years of age 400 yen (excluding junior and high school students). 65 years of age and up 140 yen. High school students and up free (must present student ID).