Korakuen Garden Okayama in Autumn Season
It is time for the Autumn season in Japan now and let us share one of the best places we visited in the land of rising sun. Last year, we were invited to visit Okayama Japan. Okayama is in the Chugoku region of Japan and it is founded on June 1, 1889.
It is located in between Hiroshima and Osaka and it is a transit hub for many bullet trains in the West region of Kansai Japan. In Okayama, we visited the Korakuen Garden which is one of the Three Great Gardens in Japan.
Why visit a garden in Japan? There is nothing else better to do? These are the common questions by many people who never travelled to Japan. To be honest, we just show them the pictures and videos so they can see it by themselves.
Kōrakuen Garden is constructed in late 17th century and it is still well maintained up to today. What we love about Japanese gardens is the colours of the landscape is different in four seasons.
As we went there during late Autumn, the leaves are hue of red and orange and words can’t describe the beauty of it so we show the pictures.
Korakuen was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, lord of Okayama. The garden reached its modern form in 1863. This garden has been around for over three hundred years!
During spring or the Sakura season, the cherry blossom will change the landscape of Kōrakuen Garden.
Sometimes our friends asked us why do we visit the same place in Japan twice and this is the reason. Every season offers a different view.
What you get in Kōrakuen Garden is crystal clear streams and Japanese traditional houses. You get to see many locals and tourists enjoying the colours and winds in this garden.
We also experienced the Japanese traditional tea ceremony process including tasting the warm Japanese green tea (ocha) in the cold winter.
Korakuen Garden is next to the Okayama Castle so this will help you in planning your visit to the garden. You can also read our 3 Days 2 Nights Okayama Itinerary.
How to go to Okayama City?
To go to Okayama City, you need to take the shinkansen or the bullet train. The cheapest way to do it is to get the 5 Day JR Kansai Wide Area Pass for 9,000 Yen (RM 323) when you booked with Klook.com (pick up at Kansai International Airport). The 5 Day JR Kansai Wide Area can be used from the airport to Okayama and other cities such as Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji and more. You get to save on the train fare and you can use it other areas for five days too. Booked it with Klook.com and you can get the pass in the airport and after you review, you will get extra credits for the next booking on Klook.com. You can also purchase the pass at JTB Malaysia offices in Kuala Lumpur.
You will take the train from Kansai International Airport to Shin Osaka and then change to Shinkansen to Okayama JR Station. Always remember to have Google Map installed on your phone when traveling in Japan and it will be your life saver. It will tell you which train to take and which platform to go but we usually will double check with the train conductor.
You might want to rent a Japan 4G Pocket WIFI when you travel to Japan.
It will take 45 minutes of shinkansen ride from Shin Osaka to Okayama Train Station. You will pass by Kobe and Himeji.