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    Tokoen Garden

    by Rabbityama Written Nov 15, 2011

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    Tokoen was built sometime at the beginning of the 17th century and has remained here since that time, making it the oldest garden in Okayama. It was built as a private villa for relaxation by Tadakatsu Ikeda, head of the Ikeda clan that once ruled over Bizen (the southern portion of Okayama Prefecture). Later it became the residence of a feudal lord.

    Today it is privately owned and maintained. It consists of a large central pond with walkways along the outer edge. The historic villa buildings are here as well and the best views are of the villa from the opposite side. The view from the villa is also nice.

    Entrance is 400 yen. Some visitors may think that this is too much considering it is the same as the entrance fee to Korakuen which is much larger and more famous however, keep in mind that because it is privately owned, the family that owns it relies on these funds to maintain the garden. I visited in the fall, but I think that summer is probably the best season for Tokoen.

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    by moacha Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    Hiruzen is located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. It is the plateau spot of the quasi-national park. There are the rows of poplar trees of and white birches. You can see grand three mountains. This plateau is setting adrift a new pastoral atmosphere of the Europe style even in Japan.
    Although there is how to enjoy each four seasons, a camp can be enjoyed in summer and skiing can be enjoyed in winter.
    You will be pleasant to travel the neighborhood by the Rent-cycle, and there is also a tennis court.
    It is famous also for a "hot spring" here. There is a natural large bathroom.
    There are also some lodgings and it can also come into contact with people local area, the history and culture, besides rich natural environment.

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    Okayama-well worth a day trip

    by salisbury3933 Written Feb 6, 2004

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    There's enough there with the garden, castle and museums all in the same area to justify spending a day there. The garden is great, although I never could accept the idea that there should be an elevator in the castle!

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    Tivoly Park in Kurashiki

    by Libs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    OK, this is just an amusement park, but it's really fun. I might not have gone 'cept it was the place of employment of the friend I was visiting at the time. I was glad I went though. It is clean and fun and everyone there seems to be having a good time. The park is themed around Denmark and it's really cute. I highly recommend the musical. This is the Hans Christian Anderson Statue in the park.

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    Many Islands!

    by AyurinHiro Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Visit Washuzan Mountain Observatory, where you see a lot of islands and long long bridge. Beautiful!

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