Ohori Park Japanese Garden is a classic Japanese strolling garden, located on the southern edge of Ohori Park in Fukuoka. The garden centers around a large pond and features a meandering stream, artificial hills and small forests creating a feeling of a natural environment in the middle of the city.
On the southern edge of Ohori Park, Fukuoka’s largest public park, lies the beautiful Ohori Park Japanese Garden. Ohori Teien, as the garden is called in Japanese, is a classical, yet modern, Japanese strolling garden. The garden was constructed in 1984 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ohori Park. It’s design follows classic techniques and styles from middle ages.
The garden has many big and small foot paths. The main feature of the park is the large pond, which the main path traces. From the main path, many smaller paths exist, leading to small little areas of beauty, peace and tranquility – perfect for relaxation and reflection. The garden features a number of hills, providing different perspectives on the installations. The stream, which winds through the garden, appears as if it was natural, with miniature stone banks and natural meandering patterns.
Ohori Japanese Garden is constructed in a way that prevents a lot of the noise from the surrounding city to interfere with the parks tranquility. Walls line the garden, and large artificial hills and plenty of tall greenery keep out much of the noise (apart from the airplanes passing above). The small waterfalls and the sound of the winding stream also adds to the effect.
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Teahouse and tea ceremony building
The garden has a nice tea house where you, on certain days, can enjoy a cup of traditional green tea. The tea house normally requires a reservation, but on the first and third Tuesday of every month it is open for walk-ins. The price of a green tea and a sweet is only ¥300, which is significantly cheaper than other tea houses of the same kind. Be aware that you still need to pay the garden entrance fee.
Planning your visit
|Hours||9:00 – 17:00 (18:00 Jun-Aug)|
Closed on Mondays and around new years.
|Entrance fee||¥250 adults, ¥120 Children|
Small discount is given to foreigners.
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By subway: To access from the north, take the Kuko Line to Ōhorikōen Station and walk 12 minutes. To access the garden from the south, take the Nanakuma Line to Ropponmatsu Station and walk 10 minutes.
By bus: many busses stop near Ohori Park and the Japanese Garden. From the Hakata Station area you can catch bus 9, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 214 amongst others, and get off at Ropponmatsu and walk 10 minutes. From Tenjin, bus 13 and 140 are convenient. Get off at Fukuoka Castle Ruins and NHK Broadcasting Center and walk a few minutes. Find more connections on the Nishitetsu website linked below.
? Official Nishitetsu Website (bus)