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Beautiful gardens are located in castles, temples, shrines, parks, and more places all over in Japan. Traditional Japanese garden designs include Karesansui (dry landscape gardens), Chaniwa (tea gardens), Kaiyu-shiki (strolling gardens), and so on. Here are the three greatest landscape gardens in Japan. They are known as Daimyo (feudal lords) gardens.

Koraku-en Garden
Address: 1-5 Korakuen Kita-ku Okayama-city, Okayama
Access: 25 minute walk from JR Okayama Station or 10 minutes by taxi from JR Okayama Station

Korakuen was built over 300 years ago by feudal lords of Okayama. The park features many sakura trees, plum trees, Japanese maple trees, ponds, tea houses, noh stage, and more. Okayama Castle is located next to the garden.

Kenroku-en Garden
Location: 1-4 Kenroku-machi Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa
Access: Take a bus from JR Kanazawa Station to Kenrokuen-shita bus stop.

It's said that the origin of Kenrokuen garden goes back to the 17th century and was built by successive lords of Kaga province. There are ponds, stone lanterns, tea house, and more in the large area. It offers beautiful scenes each season. Cherry blossoms and fall leaves in Kenroku-en garden attract many visitors. During the winter, trees in the garden are supported by ropes to prevent branches from being damaged by snow.

Kairaku- en Garden
Address: 1-3-3 Tokiwa-cho Mito-city, Ibaraki
Access: 15 minute bus ride to Kairaku-en from JR Mito Station

There are more than 3,000 ume plum trees in the garden, and beautiful flowers attract many visitors during its annual ume matsuri in early spring.

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