Asia/ Japan/ Travel
June 21, 2013

Korakuen Garden Okayama: Part 1

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One of the best experiences that I had while I was in Japan was visiting Korakuen Garden. My trip to Okayama Castle was a close second. 😉 I’m such a nature junkie, so spending the day exploring beautiful gardens and lounging in their shade is totally up my alley. I made sure to set aside the whole day so I could really enjoy myself. The weather was beautiful, the garden was vibrant and all of my senses were literally alive. I love that feeling of being immersed in the beauty of nature.

Korakuen Garden Stream and Statue

Korakuen Garden Bridge and Stream

Korakuen Garden is one of the three great gardens of Japan. In little Okayama, who knew? When I first got my placement in Okayama, I didn’t know what to think because I hadn’t really heard of it. In my mind, Hiroshima and Tokyo were the places to be. I’m glad I was proven wrong during my stay in Okayama… I had so much to do! In fact, I never actually visited Tokyo. While Tokyo appeals to a lot of people with the crowds and bright lights, Okayama turned out to be just right for me with it’s small town feel.

Korakuen Garden Stream

Korakuen Garden Trees

Korakuen Garden is HUGE. When I stepped in, I knew I made the right choice to spend the whole day there because I was definitely going to need the time. I had hopped on my bike that morning with my packed lunch in hopes of having a small picnic in the garden, and I got my wish. Around the garden, there were little covered areas with streams flowing through them where people could sit to enjoy themselves. As I ate my onigiri, I was in a place of pure happiness… I still remember the feeling.

Korakuen Garden Water Lillies

Korakuen Garden Path

It’s nice to go someplace new and just have time to yourself. Most of the time, I went out on my own to the places I wanted to go. At first, I felt really odd and embarrassed to show up to so many places solo that were dominated by couples and families. After awhile, I started to enjoy my own presence and having time to just think to myself and do the things that I wanted to do. A simple peace. 🙂

Korakuen Garden Field

Korakuen Garden Bridge

I guess Korakuen Garden helped me that day as well!

Q: Do you like being out in nature and visiting places like Korakuen Garden? 

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  • Shin★惠彬

    Wow.. this is beautiful~
    I envy you who can get the chance to enjoy this kind of place in Japan.
    I love nature myself and I think if I’d given more time to stay in Korea, I would hunt down places like this.
    So pretty… I actually never heard of Akayama before.
    Great post! Keep up the good work ^^

    • I hadn’t heard of Okayama either… but it’s a place with a lot of charm and definitely worth the visit! Thank you for your kind words, loved your comment <3

  • Jilly

    Amazing picture! I just went to Japan recently, and visited a few places including Mt. Fuji. I think you might like Mt. Fuji, and definitely try the Japanese style inn for their Onsen 🙂

    • Ah, I didn’t get a chance to visit Mt. Fuji! I didn’t do onsen either… I was so busy. Next time!

  • Oh myyy, beautiful photos! I would love to visit it as well! Or visit Japan in general. Super beautiful! <3
    GIG love <3

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Gorgeous gorgeous pictures! What a dream! <3

  • tianna

    you take the most amazing photos – Japan sounds like such a cool place to visit!

    • Thank you Tianna~ I try so hard with my pictures… I enjoy seeing other’s pics so I want to give others the same joy. <3

  • emtha

    Wow, so beautiful!! I love the photo of the little bridges over the pond <3

    • Thank you! The photos kind of took themselves… shined on it’s own!

  • Rosalie Tangonan

    I would love to visit this place! #GIG

  • Sana

    OMGGG!!! I am so in love with these pictures <3 So beautiful <3 GIGLove

    • I know, isn’t it lovely there? The weather was perfect so the pictures just look amazing!

  • I love gardens.. and how beautiful that one in Japan.

  • Somdyuti

    This place looks so amazing, hits very close to home. And kudos to your killer photography! xx 🙂

    • Thank you! It is a hobby that I really enjoy. <3

  • Natasha

    Wow!!!!! The garden is gorgeous!

  • Lucy

    This is such a wonderful place!!! love it so much!

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  • Ninaonthemoon

    WOW, looks so peaceful!!! 🙂 got you on the gig bloglovin tag too

  • Alia

    The garden is beautiful! I’m so glad that you were able to savor the moment then and still remember it just as vividly now!

  • tianna

    the gardens in Japan seem so incredible! Wish we had them here in California – it seems like a lovely way to spend the day!

  • Gina Bestari

    First off, I love your blog banner! 😀
    Japanese garden is always have this uniqueness that differentiate it from any other kind of garden. We have here too in the Netherlands but oh wow! you went to the real thing! lucky you! 😀

    • Thank you! I love it too!
      The real thing was definitely an experience… you gotta try it one day!

  • Porshia Mitra

    wow.. such amazing pictures! love the place!! and that shade of green is so heart warming 🙂

    • I know… crazy, I didn’t even have to edit the photos at all!

  • cindy tong

    wow this place is so beautiful….

  • somdatta (Pearlypoppies)

    Love those photographs! What more! I have a fascination with Japan! Japan is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • It’s beautiful and if you like taking coordinate pictures, Korakuen Garden is the perfect place to go!

    • What are coordinate pictures? Still a newb!

  • This is just beautiful! I totally agree with you, it’s an amazing feeling to be immersed in the beauty of nature. That’s probably one of the reasons why I love the English countryside and well, afternoon tea of course hehe. Thanks for sharing this amazing photos!

    • No problem! I actually didn’t really go out much until I went to Japan, then I found myself addicted to exploring nature.

  • oh my gosh! I love that bridge with zigzag wood! totally awesome! Im jealous! #gig

    • Everything was so beautiful! Literally!

  • Wow that looks like paradise! A great place to find peace and quiet 🙂

  • Somdyuti

    This looks like a super-amazing place. You make it sound even better. And great job on the photography! xoxo

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  • bruce

    Actually I was amazed while checking out these garden photos.Those are really amazing.

    Bruce (

    • Thank you Bruce! It really is beautiful there.

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