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Sorakuen Garden

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Address: 5-3-1 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0004, Hyogo Prefecture
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+81 78-351-5155

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Peaceful and beautiful

We took a walk around these gardens in February and there was plenty to see. It has a lovely design and some nice hidden nooks and crannies to explore. There's a serene... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Thomas N

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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We took a walk around these gardens in February and there was plenty to see. It has a lovely design and some nice hidden nooks and crannies to explore. There's a serene pond/lake with Koi Carp and the old stable and house were nice to see too. Definitely well worth the 300 yen. A nice little activity to do if... More 

1 Thank Thomas N
Calgary, Canada
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185 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

While not a green thumb (or anything close to it), I do appreciate plants and flowers, as my mother is beyond a green thumb. While in Kobe, we thought it compulsory to stop by Sorakuen and boy did we make a great decision. Formerly the home of a high-ranking official (and the grounds for said home), the garden was opened... More 

2 Thank Christian G
Kobe, Japan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful hidden gem of a garden. Colorful in the fall, but fantastic all year round as well. A must see if in the Kobe area.

1 Thank ter05
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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212 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The garden is not really big, an hour to two would be sufficient to complete the tour. The old stable and house were interesting as well. There was a special Chrysanthemum exhibition during my visit, totally awed by it. Overall, I enjoyed the tranquility and the beauty of the nature there...

Thank Su2122013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Even when the azelias are not in bloom this large garden is absolutely gorgeous. Nothing in the city comes close to the beauty you'll find here. Not to be missed. In late August you can also visit at night.

Thank Jail_the_Rich
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121 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

This was the highlight of my trip to Kobe. The gardens were superb, offering a myriad of vistas. I was not only struck by their beauty and calm, but the amazing organization of the planting. The care and craft taken to create and maintain such a space was truly spectacular. Do visit; it's worth every yen

Thank Jo T
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

For a small entry fee we enjoyed relaxing in this stunning traditional garden area. Popular with wedding couples having their photos taken... and we even happened to be there on a day when a TV drama was being filmed! Bonus! Celebrity spotting! Stunning flowers, trimmed Azaleas hedges and unite areas for reflection near the water.

Thank TravelBug241
Kyoto, Japan
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161 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

After living in Kobe for about 17 years, I finally made it to this garden!? I just never took the time to get there. I went there looking for cherry blossoms when they were in full bloom and thought it was funny when I found out that there weren't any to be found. Other than that mistake on my part,... More 

1 Thank kobekeith
Singapore, Singapore
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62 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

The area is not very big. Luckily there were vending machines inside the area. Walking around here under the scorching summer sun is OMG.

Thank tingting310894
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21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

The deeper you go, the more beautiful it becomes. This is apparently a popular wedding photoshoot location. We came across 2 newlyweds when we were here. However, it is quite far from the bus stop.

2 Thank Syafika S

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