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Okayama Korakuen: Shops and Services

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In the last post about Okayama Korakuen, I introduced you the different scenic spots, yearly events and even animals that can be found in the garden. If you haven’t read it yet, check it here. In this post, I’ll be talking about the shops and other services Okayama Korakuen has to offer.

Shops within Okayama Korakuen

Shop nearby the tea field

There are two shops inside the garden where you can buy souvenir items or take a break after a long walk. One of the shops offers a matcha tea set with kibi-dango (“an-iri”, with red bean paste inside). Matcha tea is usually served hot but during summer they also have a cold one. It costs 300 yen for hot matcha tea set and 500 yen for cold one. I don’t know why cold one is more expensive, maybe it takes more hassle to prepare? I forgot to ask.

Okayama Korakuen - Shop that serves matcha tea set

A shop that serves matcha tea and kibi dango set

Okayama Korakuen - matcha and kibi dango set

Matcha and kibi dango set (cold one on the left and hot one on the right)

Okayama Korakuen - shop's menu

More menus to choose from

Shop nearby the south gate

Another shop near the south gate has vending machines. If you prefer soft drinks or coffee, you can buy it here. They also have beers and a local Okayama beer called “Doppo”. Freshness is the main concept of “Doppo” beer that its manufacturer indicates more precise best before date on the packaging.

 Okayama Korakuen - Shop 2

Another shop with more drinks and souvenir items

Although not inside the garden, you can also find restaurants just nearby the south gate. You can also say hi to their small turtles.

Okayama Korakuen - restaurants

 

Other services offered by Okayama Korakuen

Given the number of buildings available in the garden, it would be such a waste just to leave it for display. The government is utilizing these properties by renting it out to the public. There are at least 14 areas available for rental. Example, to rent Renchi-ken (rest house) for 3 hours will cost 2,040 yen and another 680 yen for each succeeding hour.

You can rent these areas for seminar or even for wedding ceremony or pictorial. If you’re lucky, you might witness a pictorial of a bride and her groom in their traditional clothing in the garden during your visit.

If you are interested in renting, you can check this list (in Japanese though).

Okayama Korakuen is celebrating its 300 years of history. To learn more about it, visit their official website. I have listed the links at the last part of this post where you can also download their pamphlet, available in different languages.

If you plan to visit the garden for several times, getting a one-year passport will be a good deal. For 2,050 yen, you can enjoy and witness its different transformations throughout the year.

How to access

By Car

If you are coming by car, there’s a huge parking area just outside the garden for 100 yen per hour. It’s located nearby the main gate. You can access it by crossing either the Tsurumi or Horai bridges.

From Okayama Castle

If you are planning to visit the garden after visiting the Okayama Castle, just cross the Tsukimi bridge located at the back of the castle and go to the right until you encounter the south gate entrance.

The taxi and bus stops are located nearby the main gate.

 

■ More Information ■
Hours:
March 20 – September 30:    7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
October 1 – March 19:    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission Fee:
Adults (15~64) – 400 yen
Children (6~14) – 140 yen
Senior (65~) – 140 yen
Groups (at least 20 people) – 20% discount
Annual Pass:
Adults – 2,050 yen
Children – 820 yen
Senior (65~)- 820 yen
Tel: 086-272-1148
Fax: 086-272-1147
Address: 1-5 Korakuen, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama
Okayama Korakuen Official Website (English)

*Based on the information stated in the official pamphlet. Subject to change without prior notice.

 

Resources:
Okayama Korakuen Official Website (English)
Okayama Draft Beer – Doppo

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