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Kurashiki Rickshaw Tour
"When you come to Kurashiki and arrive at the older part of town and hop onto a rickshaw any time between 9.30am and 5.30pm you will be transported back in time. Away from navigating around cars strolling on the wide walkway along the historical canal lined with weeping willows you might just find yourself imagining how the city must have been a couple of hundred of years ago. The small side streets are still filled with shops and old warehouses. With the help from our knowledgeable guide learn what an important role Kurashiki played in the past and why it is dotted with buildings belonging distinctly to the Meiji period. The tours described below are model routes. They may be further customized based on your preferred starting an the length of your tour and points of interests.30 Minute OptionStarting with the Kurashiki Monogatarikan
From JPY4,500.00
 
Private Kobe Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"This is a private tour by chartered vehicle. Using this service you can charter your vehicle Limousine Van or Bus which is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for any other tourist. This tour is only for your group!The tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Rec"""Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama Nagasaki
From JPY82,793.00
 
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka""This is a private day trip with a native English-speaking guide and driver. Kobe is the origin of Kobe beef and has one of the most famous hot springs in Japan Arima Onsen as well as Mt Rokko.Itinerary8:30am - Pick up at your hotel (anywhere in central Osaka).9:30am - Ascend Mt. Rokko via the historic Mt. Rokko Cable Car operating since 1932. This ""funicular"" type ascent is sure to please riders of all ages!  Your private vehicle will reunite with you at the top of the mountain.10:15am - Visit Kobe Botanical Gardens up high on Mt. Rokko. A diverse landscape and flora awaits your discovery in this large garden.12pm - Japanese lunch at Arima Onsen (hot springs).12:45pm - Bathing and relaxing at Arima Onsen where the therapeutic waters have been appreciated by generations. Both indoor and outdoor bathing and soaking facilities are available
From $288.00

Korakuen Garden Tips (9)

Korakuen Garden

Korakuen Garden is considered to be one of the three best gardens in Japan since the Edo Period. It was constructed by Tsuda Nagatada by orders of the daimyo Ikeda Tsunamasa and took thirteen years to complete (1687-1700). The garden was originally used by the daimyo to entertain his guests, as well as for his own personal pleasure. Minor changes were made periodically by the feudal lords until about 1863.

The garden has suffered damage by a flood in the 1930s and WWII bombings in 1945, however one of the reasons that it carries the title of being one of Japan's top three gardens is due to the fact that they have the original garden layout, so the damaged sections were able to be restored to make the entire garden resemble the original!

I find one unique aspect of this garden in comparison to many others in Japan is the openness of it. Although you can never see an entire Japanese garden from one angle, much of Korakuen is flat, so you can see a large amount of the garden without many obstructions from a variety of angles. The best view is said to be from the Enyo-tei House, where the Daimyo was received, but because it is a historical building, visitors cannot go inside. That's not so bad, though. There are so many great angles for viewing various parts of the garden!Korakuen is quite beautiful and worthy of its status!

To see the entire garden, it takes over an hour. (many visitors do not venture into the wooden area behind the Enyo-tei House and pond, but I would recommend going to all sections to get the full experience.)

Despite its fame, the entrance fee is only 350 yen for adults! (140 for 5-14 year olds and free for senior citizens with identification that displays one's birth date)

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Rabbityama
Jan 18, 2009

Korakuen Garden

This garden is considered on of the 3 best landscape gardens in Japan. I didn't go in this time due to lack of time but I visited in 1993 during cherry blossom time and it's well worth going.

You reach the garden by crossing the bridge across the river opposite the castle.

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yumyum
Dec 02, 2005

Korakuen Garden

Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world
Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting.
Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind your way around the gardeners have created variation
We found that as we walked around the scene changed from garden to farming to hills to forest and then water pond
Go to Okyama check out the castle wander across the foot bridge and through these gardens.
When you're finished, walk out through the main exit and cross the river on the road bridge
Turn Left and enjoy the open urban park on the other river bank
and finally, walk through a little bit of Japanese suburbia to the castle entrance
Now head back to your hotel and some of the excellent eateries in Okayama

the last pic is calender for the park - it would be great if we could add a translation - please :-)

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don01
Jan 04, 2013

Okayama Korakuen Garden

Most people who go to Okayama go there to see Korakuen & to enjoy onsen (hot spring). Korakuen, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan (besides Kairakuen in Ibaraki Prefecture & Kenrokuen in Ishikawa Prefecture), is a beautifully landscaped Japanese garden. There is a small pond in the middle of the garden with koi fish & some teahouses on the grounds. You may sample traditional green tea with some Japanese sweets for 500yen.
You can also see tea plantations.
The best times to go is during sakura (cherry blossom) season or in the fall when the leaves are changing color.
It takes about 1 hr to go around the garden.
Open daily 7:30am-6pm (April-Sept), 8am-5pm (Oct-Mar).
Entrance fee is 350yen/adult, 140yen/child.

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Dec 07, 2003
 
 
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The Okayama Korakuen (Japanese...

The Okayama Korakuen (Japanese Garden) is a must see. It is so big and the gardens are so lovely you must see it if you are in the okayama area.
It has been voted the no.3 Japanese Garden in Japan. It has really big open spaces with really well kept gardens. The water features are nice to and feeding the fish is fun to.

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Beachcomber
Aug 24, 2002

Korakoen

don't miss Korakoen, one of the 3 largest garden in Japan.

Admission fee 300 yen for adult.
Open daily until 6 pm, in summer until 9 pm (lighting).

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bebejepang
Apr 04, 2011

Korakoen

This landscape garden is reputed to be one of the best in Japan. It's a relaxing place to take a stroll.

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salisbury3933
Mar 14, 2006

Okayama Garden

Okayama Garden was a very famous garden in Japan. It has different views in the four seasons so you can visit there anytime.

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Feb 08, 2003
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"Okayama - gateway to Shikoku Island"
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If you are going to be in...

If you are going to be in Okayama, I recommend visiting Korakuen Park.
Listed as one of Japans three most beautiful parks, it is spectacular.

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Aug 25, 2002

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