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8 Japanese gardens you should visit in Japan

8 Japanese gardens you should visit in Japan

June 10, 2019
Bridges, lakes, hill gardens, and rocks. These traditional gardens full of Japanese aesthetic are popular tourist attractions. Here we've selected some especially popular Japanese gardens from the many throughout the country.

[Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture] Kenrokuen Garden

One of the most representative gardens from the Edo period as well as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It's located in the heart of Kanazawa where you can enjoy the beauty of all four seasons.


Address 石川県金沢市兼六町1-4
Directions 「金沢駅」からバスで15分 → 「兼六園下」下車
Business Hours 1 Mar-15 Oct 7am-8pm /16 Oct-end of Feb 8am-5pm
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Phone Number 076-234-3800
Web Site URL http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/e/index.html

[Okayama, Okayama Prefecture] Korakuen Garden

Located next to Okayamajo Castle, Korakuen Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Its landscape has changed over time and is reminiscent of the Edo period.


Address 岡山県岡山市北区後楽園1-5
Directions JR岡山駅から市内電車東山行き「城下」下車徒歩10分
Business Hours 20 Mar-30 Sep 7:30am-6pm 1 Oct-19 Mar 8am-5pm
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Web Site URL http://okayama-korakuen.jp/english/

[Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture] Kairakuen Garden

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Kairakuen Garden is famous for its plum trees and is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
There are approximately 100 different plum tree varieties with a total of 3000 trees within the garden so we highly recommend visiting in spring when they're in bloom!


Address 茨城県水戸市見川1-1251
Directions JR常磐線 水戸駅→水戸駅北口偕楽園行きバスで約20分
Business Hours 20 Feb-30 Sep 6am-7pm /1 Oct-19 Feb 7am-6pm
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Phone Number 029-244-5454
Web Site URL http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/index.html

[Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture] Adachi Museum of Art

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Voted the most beautiful garden in Japan 15 years in a row. This beautiful garden is said to look like a painting.


Address 島根県安来市古川町320
Directions 安来駅からバスで20分
Business Hours Apr-Sep 9am-5:30pm, Oct-Mar 9am-5pm
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Phone Number 0854-28-7111
Web Site URL https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/

[Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture] Ryoanji Temple

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A rock garden with a mysterious composition that is popular with visitors from abroad.


Address 京都府京都市右京区龍安寺御陵下町13
Directions 京福電車「龍安寺」下車 徒歩約8分, 市バス・JRバス「竜安寺」下車 徒歩約1分
Business Hours 1 Mar-30 Nov 8am-5pm /1 Dec-end of Feb 8:30am-4:30pm
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Phone Number 075-463-2216
Web Site URL http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/

[Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture] Ritsurin Garden

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This famous garden, which is designated as a Cultural Property, is the largest of its kind in Japan. There are 6 lakes and 13 hill gardens with over 1,000 pine trees.


Address 香川県高松市栗林町1-20-16
Directions 琴電「栗林公園」駅から徒歩5分/ JR「栗林公園北口」駅から徒歩3分
Business Hours Depending on the season (Please check the official website for details.)
Shop Holidays Open all year round
Phone Number 087-833-7411
Web Site URL http://www.my-kagawa.jp/ritsuringarden

[Nara, Nara Prefecture] Isuien Garden

This garden is divided into the Front Garden from the Edo period and the Back Garden from the Meiji period. You can enjoy two gardens with different charms at the same time.


Address 奈良県奈良市水門町74
Directions 近鉄奈良駅より徒歩約15分
Business Hours 9:30am-4:30pm
Shop Holidays Tue (except Apr, May, Oct, Nov)
Phone Number 0742-25-0781
Web Site URL https://isuien.or.jp/en/index.html

[Fukui, Fukui Prefecture] Yokokan Garden

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This is a quiet and secret place that uses the water from the moat of Fukuijo Castle. This garden has been featured and rated highly in American garden magazines.


Address 福井県福井市宝永3-11
Directions JR「福井」駅より徒歩約15分/ すまいるバス「江戸上町」下車 徒歩約3分
Business Hours 1 Mar-5 Nov 9am-7pm, 6 Nov-end of Feb 9am-5pm
Shop Holidays New Year's holiday
Phone Number 0776-21-0489
Web Site URL http://fukuisan.jp/en/yokokan/index.html