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Korakuen Garden forms a part of the Three Great Gardens, which is a big tourist attraction in the city. Translating to 'Garden of Pleasure After', the name is connected to an old Confucian saying that explains how a ruler should first take his followers' needs into consideration before satisfying his own. Dating back to 1700, the garden is spread over a large area and has tea-house pit-stops at regular intervals. The garden is also decorated with bonsai trees, shrines and waterfalls.
Built in the year 1597, the Okayama Castle was destroyed in the year 1945 during the world war. Originally built in wood, stone and tile, the castle has now been reconstructed as a concrete structure. However, even if this castle is a replica, the grandeur of the place still holds, which will be revealed to you as you take a tour. Check out some of the original artifacts that belong to the old castle on display here. Painted charcoal black, the Okayama Castle shows stand tall with a promise to regain its past glory.
This garden is the perfect place to see and learn more about Japan's exclusive gardening art, Bonsai. Set in a beautiful tone, these miniature plants are a treat to watch. Nakanishi Chinshouen is one of the popular bonsai gardens in Japan with a visitor log of both locals and tourists. You can buy bonsai plants from here and also avail the training courses which teach you the nuances of this unique trade. Visit the place for its distinctive appeal.
Considered as one of the most beautiful historical parks of the country, the Ritsurin Park is a huge green expanse that comprises 6 splendid ponds and 13 magnificent hills with the Mount Shiunzan in its backdrop. This enchanting park is home to various 17th-century edifices, a few of which serve as tea houses and craft museums. At the museums, you can explore various local and craft forms, even buy them if you fall for them. The tea houses are ideal places to taste traditional teas and sakes. The Ritsurin Park is home to various local events, tea parties and concerts all year round.
The Olive Jinja is a Shinto shrine within the Setonaikai National Park on Shodoshima island found in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. Shinto shrines, or 'place of the God' when translated from Japanese, are the abode of the Shinto Kami i.e. the spirits worshipped in the Shinto religion. They also house important sacred objects that are housed in the main building of the shrine. The Olive Jinja, built in 1973, stands in the midst of an olive grove. The architecture of the shrine replicates that of a Greek temple, with Doric columns, stylobate, triglyphs and entablature along with bronze reliefs upon the pediment. A festival with Greek themes is held annually at the shrine.