Enjoying an impromptu afternoon off, I went once again to Ohori Park, which is definitely one of my favorite places : I am going every week. From home, it takes about 40 minutes by foot or 15 minutes by bike. After my now customary walk around the lake, I went for the first time to the Japanese garden (Nihon teien 日本庭園). The cherry blossom season is almost over so the flow of tourists has endend and I almost had the garden for myself .
This Japanese garden was created for the 50th anniversary of Ohori Park and was opened in 1984. Since then, it becames a popular spot and enjoyed by japanese tourists as well ad foreign ones : we (foreign people) even have a discount ! I was not aware of it and was surprised to hear that the entrance would cost me 180 yens instead of 240 yens. Lucky !
It's been a while since I did not visit a Japanese garden, my last was in September 2013. In fact I have two reference gardens : Ritsurin in Takamatsu and the wonderful gardens of the old samurai houses in Kanazawa. I was so amazed by these places that I can't find japanese gardens amazing anymore. Well, let's say I have not found equivalence. The Nihon Teien was not an exception although it is quite nice to visit, pretty, well maintained except the dry garden, a little messy because of the strong wind) and mostly quiet.
The runing track of Ohori Park is just a few meters away, with a lot of joggers, walkers , families, children, cycling people but it is strangely quite. Maybe I didn't hear the noise because of the quite and peaceful atmosphere ?
I do not have much to say because there is nothing else to do than to walk quietly, observing the carps sliping into the shallow water of the lake and look at the plants, varied, whose leaves dance with the wind. It feels good to think about nothing ! Small sitting areas are built : perfect to enjoy the entire park and the quiet atmosphere.
NIHON TEIEN (ÔHORI KÔEN JAPANESE GARDEN) / 大濠公園日本庭園
1-7, Ohori Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Adults : 240 yens (180 yens for foreign national);
Children : 120 yens;
Free for people under 6 and up to 65 years old (with disability)
Everyday (closed on Mondays) from 9am to 5pm (last admittance at 4:45pm);
From 9am to 6pm (last admittance at 5:45pm)in June, July and August.
Official web page