Korakuen Garden

Korakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, the highest level of garden design.

It is also highly acclaimed overseas, being ranked three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japon.

The garden was built by order of the feudal lord of Okayama, Ikeda Tsunamasa, and was completed around 1700. Although the garden was modified by successive lords of the feudal domain, it has been handed down to the present day without major changes to its original appearance.

The garden is located on the opposite bank of the Asahikawa River, which flows through Okayama City.
The garden is a pond-and-spring-relief garden centering on Enyo-tei, a building where the feudal lord entertained guests, with Okayama Castle and the surrounding mountains as its backdrop.

In the Edo period, Enyo-tei was called “Chaya-yashiki” and the garden “Go-en” or “Gogoen.
In the Meiji era (1868-1912), the garden was renamed “Korakuen” and opened to the public in 1884 when it was transferred to Okayama Prefecture.

The spacious 140,000-square-meter garden overlooks Okayama Castle, and cranes can be seen gracefully dancing in the autumn and winter.

The view from the Enyo-tei Pavilion of the pond, the expanse of the lawn, and the mountains in the distance create a bright and spacious landscape that is unique to Okayama, which is known as “the land of clear skies.


Korakuen Garden
Official Site
1-5 Korakuen, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Telephone number
Hours of operation

March 20 to September 30
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (admission until 5:45 p.m.)

October 1 through March 19
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (admission until 4:45 p.m.)


No holidays

Admission fee

Adults 410 yen (15 to 65 years old)
Free admission for high school students and younger
Seniors 140 yen (65 and over)

Parking lot
570 spaces for standard cars, 10 spaces for buses, charged

25 min. walk or 15 min. by bus or 4 min. by tram from JR Okayama Stn. to “Shiroshita” stop, 10 min. walk

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