Jorakuen

Jorakuen

Jorakuen (浄楽園) is a traditional Japanese garden located in Fukushima City. It was completed by an expert gardener who worked on the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, and it has a total area of about 25,000 square meters (over 269,000 square feet).

The garden can be enjoyed in spring, summer and autumn. Spring brings about delicate cherry blossoms, irises, and rhododendrons; water lilies and lotus flowers adorn the ponds during the summer; and brightly colored trees decorate the park in autumn.  

No matter the season, the backdrop of the Azuma mountains makes for a spectacular sight at Jorakuen.

There is a souvenir shop and traditional teahouse at the garden where visitors can enjoy matcha and Japanese sweets (‘wagashi’). The park remains closed during the winter season, from December 1st to March 31st.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.f-kankou.jp/en/discover/nature/361/
Contact

福島市観光案内所 Fukushima City Tourist Information Center
TEL:024-531-6428

Best Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
Opening Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ParkingAvailable (Space for 50 vehicles available)
Entrance FeeAdults: 500 yen | Groups of over 20 people: 450 yen | Children & people with disabilities: 250 yen
Related infoThe park is open from April 1st to November 30th each year.
Access Details
Access38 Aragami, Sakuramoto, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Car: 15 min. drive from the Fukushima West IC [福島西IC]

By Public Transportation From Fukushima Station West Exit [福島駅西口]:

Take the bus bound for Tsuchifune [土船] and get off at Hara No Machi [原ノ町] (approx. 17 min.). The park is approx. 10 min. walking from Hara No Machi Bus Stop.

Alternatively, you can also take the bus bound for Kamiubado [上姥堂] or Kamiubado via Takayu Onsen [上姥堂経由高湯温泉] and get off at Nakayaji [仲谷地] (approx. 14 min.). The park is approx. 15 min. walking from the Nakayaji Bus Stop.

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