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One of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan ‘Okayama Korakuen Garden’

Okayama Korakuen Garden’ was built about 300 years ago, it is 130,000 square meters in area.
It was made as a garden of Okayama castle where Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) lived , and it needed 14 years to be completed 

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This park has many hills , lakes and rivers which imitate Nature, so that it would make you feel that you were in the real Nature. Since the beauty of this garden was highly estimated, it is considered as one of the three most beautiful garden in Japan

Moreover, it was introduced in famous French guidebook Michelin Green Guide Japon ( published in 2009) and the book gave three stars out of three


If it is the first visit for you, I recommend you to join the guide tour
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The The guide tour in English, Spanish and Chinese are available at the moment, however, you need to book in advance if you need guide in these language . Or you can borrow an audio guide at the entrance, it costs 500yen. For now, English, Chinese and Korean audio guide are available.



Then, shall we start the tour
You'll see the building called 'Kakumeikan' just after you enter the entrance gate. It was used to be a guest house, and it would have some rooms and kitchen.
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 Kakumeikan was renovated as a huge hall, and it is opened to the public. For that reason, various events are held in Kakumeikan such as the meeting, the party and the wedding celemony
How about joinning the event 'Tousenkyo' which is held the first Sunday in each month? 'Tousenkyo' is a traditional game, and it is easy to play it. The only thing you need to do is throw the handy fan (Ougi) and hit the target

'Tousenkyo'
Date :the first Sunday in each month
Time : 10am-1pm
Booking: unneeded
Fee: free



This building is named 'Enyotei'. It used to be a living room when daimyo visited this garden. It is designed as to entertain Daimyo with panoramic veiw from the window
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There are some wonderful Japanse cafe in the garden Take for example, this is 'Sazanami chaya' near the south gate, and you can have a cup of green tea and sweets This cafe offers a wide range of foods and drinks like 'Amazake (sweet sake)' and 'Kibi dango (rice cakes)' , so I'm sure you can find your favarite :) 
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Can you see the hill in the middle of the garden? 
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This This is 'Youishinzan', it is 6meters high. You can enjoy lovely flowers in every season like azaleas in spring and autumn leaves in November. You should go up the hill and enjoy the view from the top. It is so nice!


Look at this bridge 'Yatsuhashi'. 
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 It It is made by 8 wood panels. This constraction is not only for good-looking design, but also strength of the bridge. 'Kakitsubata (a rabbit-ear iris)'  is plented around the bridge, and they begin to bloom in May.



'Ryuten' is the nice spot to take a rest. 
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To my surprise, this building doesn't have a wall at all On the top of that, there is a stream running through the center of the building  This design is hardly ever seen in japan! You can soak your legs in the water and enjoy relaxing time with beautiful view

As you can see, there is a lot of thing to see in Okayama Korakuen Garden
I'll report rest of the tour next time!

See you soon



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