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 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 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.
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. 🙂
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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