One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, Okayama Korakuen is a cultural heritage site for the world to treasureIn 1687, Ikeda Tsunamasa, daimyo (feudal lord) ordered his vassal Tsuda Nagatada to begin construction of Okayama Korakuen. It was completed in 1700, and it has retained its original appearance from the Edo Period up to the present day, except for a few changes by various daimyo. Korakuen is one of the few Daimyo gardens in the provinces where historical change can be observed, thanks to the many Edo Period paintings and Ikeda Family records and documents left behind....more

Okayama, Japan



One of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, Okayama Korakuen is a cultural heritage site for the world to treasureIn 1687, Ikeda Tsunamasa, daimyo (feudal lord) ordered his vassal Tsuda Nagatada to begin construction of Okayama Korakuen. It was completed in 1700, and it has retained its original appearance from the Edo Period up to the present day, except for a few changes by various daimyo. Korakuen is one of the few Daimyo gardens in the provinces where historical change can be observed, thanks to the many Edo Period paintings and Ikeda Family records and documents left behind.

Ticket Price

400 yen

Opening Hour

7:30 to 18:00 (March 20 to September) 8:00 to 17:00 (October to March 19)

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  • Explore Japan On A Whole New Different Level! Nature Junkies, This Is For You!

    Japan is known for its bustling modern cities thriving with technology and an intriguing culture as well, along with the famous Cherry Blossom festivals and anime - the highlights of Japan. However, there are plenty of adventurous things to do in Japan too! Japan is also known for some of the most picturesque mountain scenery and unique places that nature lovers shouldn't miss. So before you head to the cities to check out the kawaii spots - start venturing off the regular tourist route and visit the most beautiful natural places in Japan. Trust us, you will be pleasantly surprised while you get to take in the fresh air while exploring Japan's rugged outdoors. Enjoy A Day Trip To Mount Tsukuba Kick start your outdoor expedition by hiking up Mount Tsukuba where you can take in the serene mountain landscape of the region - which is just as beautiful on cloudy, grey days. Also known as the purple mountain, Mount Tsukuba is 877 meters tall, where you can even see the famous Mount Fuji when you get to the top. Mount Tsukuba consists of non-volcanic rock unlike other famous mountains in Japan. It is covered with lush greenery creating quite the pleasant outdoor scene. Do stop by the Mount Tsukuba Shrine which dates back to several centuries ago, it’s located right at the foot of the mountain. Mount Tsukuba is worth the trek and promises a rugged climb that gets your blood pumping, but even novice hikers can still attempt the climb. If an engaging day trip to get your energy going is what you are after, Mount Tsukuba should be your first stop. Nature enthusiasts should not miss a visit to the Tsubuka Botanical Garden that is part of the research branch of The National Museum of Nature and Science. Take a stroll in the garden during visiting hours and spend some quality time among the natural green surroundings and flowers too. Hiking At Mount Takao If you are ever in Tokyo during the autumn season, you must deviate from your city plans and start your Japan outdoor adventures with a short excursion to Mount Takao. This is one of the most popular spots for hiking – just ideal for Japan adventure activities. Known for a spectacular scenery with hues of red leaves decorating the region, a hike up Mount Takao is the perfect outdoor activity for nature lovers who are looking for a great escape from the city. There are several hiking trails to choose from at Mount Takao, and you need not travel too far from Tokyo to get close to nature either - so no worries here for beginners or novice hikers! You can get a head start up Mount Takao by cable car and take a stroll to enjoy Japan’s outdoors – do look out for the massive cedar trees and stop by the Mount Takao Shrine (known as Yakouin) to admire the impressive statues. 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Picture Credit: David Gevert on Flickr When you start the 4km hike from the Nagatoro Bridge to the Sengataki Waterfall, you can certainly take in the peaceful setting of the mountain river winding through the valley. The Mitake Shosekyo gorge is another awesome spot that is particularly beautiful during autumn. Cave Exploring In Japan Cave exploration is probably not the first activity that comes to your mind when you think of Japan. However, going cave exploring is a fun activity to add to your off-track adventures, and this is a great way to make your trip to Japan more unique rather than simply visiting only the most popular attractions. You can really get a unique and unforgettable travel experience this way too! Enoshima Iwaya Caves Picture Credit: Discover Fujisawa Located a little more than an hour away from Tokyo on Enoshima Island, these caves are famous for their shrines and history. These are quite easy to navigate through, where you can walk down the stairs or pay a small fee to take the escalator to enter the caves. The first cave is the largest one with Buddhist statues and another tunnel with statues of the island’s goddesses complete with some interesting information. The second cave will have a statue of a dragon that was known for making trouble in the region and was subdued by the goddess Amaterasu. This area is a picturesque coastal area that area which is definitely worth a trip. The Akiyoshido Cave Picture Credit: Okayama These caves are something unique – and you can certainly get some nice photos during your trip too. This is the largest and longest limestone cave in the country and is part of the Akiyoshidai Plateau, from where you can see limestone formation dotting the entire region. For something more challenging you can select the cave’s adventurous route that promises a nice view, but you can still enjoy the underground scenes of limestone formations and rock pools on the easier path. Find Halal Restaurants in Japan Japan has plenty of interesting places to satisfy the adventurer in you, and most importantly some great spots where you can take in the magnificent natural surroundings of the region. So you have plenty of reasons to start planning that Japan tour today!...

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    What is a Shinkansen? Picture Credit: Photo by Fikri Rasyid on Unsplash​ Shinkansen is the name given to a network of high-powered trains in Japan, generally used for long-distance travel from Tokyo to distant cities, but also by daily commuters. To English-speakers, a Shinkansen might be better recognizable when called a bullet train.​ Hello Kitty Shinkansen Picture Credit: Nippon​ Japan's latest spectacle combines two things the country loves and is best known for all around the world – Hello Kitty (a cute character created by the company, Sanrio), and bullet trains. The train is operated by one of five Japan's railway operators – West Japan Railway Co and is set to run the Shinkansen line from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station as a Kodama. The train's main aim is to promote tourism and to bring attention to the regional communities in Western Japan. The company unveiled its newest and cutest additions in June of this year, two revamped 500 series trains decked out fully in pink and white, complete with Hello Kitty motifs and the character's signature pink bow to be seen everywhere. The pink and white bullet train began its run on the 30th of June. The train is said to be in operation only until October 2018, although plans to increase the time period may be taken up depending on the demand. But, why take the chance? If you are traveling to Japan during this time period, do not miss a trip on Japan's cutest high-speed bullet train, it's sure to be a memory of a lifetime! Features of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen Picture Credit: Nippon​ The outside of the train is painted in shades of pink and white, with large pink ribbons, and the image of Hello Kitty decked out in the Shinkansen uniform looking out from each train car. The inside is more of the same, with little motifs of Hello Kitty placed in several parts of the car, including the window shades. The train even plays the Hello Kitty jingle as it approaches each stop instead of the usual Shinkansen tune. Picture Credit: Nippon​ Eight original Hello Kitty designs have been added to the Shinkansen's design, each one holding a local product representing each of the prefectures the train passes by on its journey. Some of these include a green apple for Tottori prefecture, a black shell for Shimane prefecture, and a strawberry for Fukuoka prefecture. Other areas highlighted include Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi. Hello Plaza Picture Credit: Nippon​ Other than the regular passenger areas, two seat-less train cars have been specially designed to give travelers the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. Car 1 is named “Hello! Plaza”, and is dedicated to showcasing local Japanese products including food, souvenirs, and specialty items. According to Japan Railway, this room features areas for shopping, rest, and a photo spot, as well as a video corner. Kawaii Room Picture Credit: Nippon​ Car 2 is called the “Kawaii! Room”, and it is decked from head to toe in pink. Passengers will be greeted by life-size Hello Kitty doll wearing the Shinkansen uniform standing in a photo booth where fans can take pictures. The car also features other items, all of them in the theme of Hello Kitty and friends. A special Hello Kitty themed cafe, as well as a souvenir shop featuring exclusive Hello Kitty Shinkansen merchandise, were opened at the Hakata Station. Arrive early with time to spare before your journey or spend some time when you get off the train (depending on where you start/stop), and have some fun at these places! Prices & Reservation Prices for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen are similar to regular bullet trains in Japan. Tickets for the train are also included in a Japan Rail (JR) pass, so if you already have one, you are set to go! There are even said to be free seats given out, but we cannot confirm the availability of them on any particular day. Reservations are also technically not required, but we would suggest you do it anyway, given the recent launch, demand, and potentially short run of the Hello Kitty Shinkansen. Car 1 (Hello! Plaza) and Car 2 (Kawaii! Room) are free to enter, but depending on how many passengers are waiting in line, you might have to wait for some time to gain admission. You might also want to reserve your ticket for Car 2 in advance. You can book your tickets at any JR office or online through the JR website. The Hello Kitty Shinkansen numbers are Kodama 730 (Hakata to Shin-Osaka) and Kodama 741 (Shin-Osaka to Hakata). You can find the complete timetable for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen here....

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    When you travel to Japan, spending time exploring the many beautiful Japanese Gardens is definitely not to be missed. The design of Japanese gardens is treated as a form of art that has been practiced for over 1000 years. This has led to many different styles of gardens evolving and each of it displays its own unique form of beauty. We have put together a list of some of the most famous Japanese gardens in Japan which are also some of the best Japanese gardens in the world for you to include in your tour of this beautiful country.     Credits -     1) Kenroku-en   Situated in Kanazawa, the Kenroku-en is one of the three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan also known as the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’. This garden plays a unique role in the history of the country as it was built for the enjoyment of feudal lords. The garden looks like it is made of a collection of gardens and features the oldest fountain of the country, stone bridges, beautiful streams and ponds and stone bridges. It is also known to be one of the most private gardens making it ideal to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the midst of natural beauty. Click here for more information about Kenroku-en   2) Koraku-en   Also one of the three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan, you should consider visiting Koraku-en if you are anywhere near Okayama. Located very close to the Okayama Castle and bordering the Aashi River, the splendid view makes it one of the best Japanese gardens in the world. Enjoy this amazing serenity with your family, friends, or loved ones.  Click here for more information about Koraku-en   3) Kairaku-en   The third of the ‘Three Great Gardens of Japan’ is the Kairaku-en garden located in Mito, Japan. This beautiful garden, established in 1841, is the latest addition to these three most famous Japanese gardens in Japan and has been always opened to the public. Designed under the theme of "a garden to enjoy with people", it is one of the Japanese gardens that paved the way to the concept of development of public parks. Be sure to give this garden a visit during the plum blossom season, which is said to be the best time throughout the year. And of course, bring your family or friends along to witness the beauty of Kairaku-en with people. Click here for more information about Kairaku-en   4) Adachi Museum of Art   This garden has received quite a lot of attention and acclamation as one of the best Japanese gardens in the world in various gardening magazines time and time again. To live up to its name as one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens, the garden is highly maintained - which is why it is so breathtakingly beautiful all year round. This garden is not to be missed as not only will you get to enjoy the beauty of this exquisite gardening masterpiece, you could even visit the museum to witness its valuable art collection.Click here for more information about Adachi Museum of Art   5) Ryoan-ji Temple   We highly recommend you visit the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, which features one of the most serene gardens in Japan. Founded in 1450, the garden stands out as the most famous Zen garden or stone garden. Due to the immense value the garden holds, the site has also received recognition as a UNESCO world heritage site. So, when you're in Kyoto, be sure to give Ryoan-ji Temple a visit to witness this culturally rich beauty! Click here for more information about Ryoan-ji Temple   6) Byodo-in Temple   Joining the list of beautiful Japanese Gardens is the Byodo-in Temple located in Uji - dubbed the Land of Happiness featuring unique architecture. The Byodo-in Temple is also popular among Japanese gardens for being one of the best surviving examples of the Buddhist Pure Land architecture. Also located in the garden is the Phoenix Hall - the main temple of the garden - which is a famous attraction not to be missed. You can even catch a glimpse of this temple on the Japanese 10 yen coin.Click here for more information about Byodo-in Temple ...

  • Getting To and Around Kagoshima, Japan

    If you’re planning a trip to Kagoshima, one of the most-needed guides is on how to get there and get around. This guide explores how you can find your way around Kagoshima. Getting there You could always fly in to Kagoshima - the easiest and most convenient way - as there are flights provided from major cities. There is more to experience, however, in the slightly longer alternate route. Taking a train is your next best option. Kagoshima’s main station is Kagoshima-Chuō, not to be confused with the other central station called Kagoshima. The latter is older, slightly north of the city center, and hardly used, so most of your travels will be around Kagoshima-Chuō. The Kyushu Shinkansen trains are pretty frequent, running several times an hour, and taking only 80 minutes to get to Kagoshima from Hakata Station in Fukuoka. The Japan Rail Pass allows you to ride the train free of charge, with the exception of Mizuho trains. Even if you’re just making a round trip from Fukuoku to Kagoshima and back, the Japan Rail Pass is still a cheaper option. Visitors coming in from Tokyo can make the journey in 8 hours if they possess the Japan Rail Pass. Since all the sleeper trains have been discontinued, it makes traveling exclusively by night a challenge. Your options include: taking the overnight train from Tokyo to Okayama; where you can connect to a bullet train in the morning. You will have to pay for the boarding charges for the night, and if you’re on a budget, your cheapest option is to sleep on the floor. A better option would be to split up your journey, stopping over at a small town and spending the night there. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, the only expenses you would incur are the lodging costs. There are various overnight buses available from Osaka, Kobe, Oita and Fukuoka, with the latter two having the option of daytime buses as well. It takes 4 hours to get in from Fukuoka, while daytime buses from Kumamoto takes 3.5 hours. Kagoshima has one of the busiest ferry terminals, however, expect the journey to last a lot longer. . In Kagoshima Even though the bus routes in Kagoshima are much less complicated since it’s a small city, they are not the best way to go if you don’t speak Japanese. Hop-on Hop-off city buses are a better option - they cover the major sites in two different routes - or you can opt to take the tram, paying a flat fare or buying a day pass. Trams also operate on two routes and are easier for limited sightseeing. You can use your passport to take advantage of the Cute Transit Card - found at tourist information offices - that you can avail for either one or two days. City buses (the City View and Sakurajima Island View buses included), trams, the Sakurajima ferries and the Yorimichi Cruise are all included in the pass. Cardholders also receive access to various attractions at discounted prices. If you wish to have complete access over your schedule, motorbikes and cars are available for hire around the region; or you could opt for a bicycle instead, available for rent for a few hours at a time at the Kagoshima-Chuō station, with discounted prices for Japan Rail Pass holders.   . Click here for more travel information and trip ideas on Kagoshima City ...

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