Okayama Korakuen Garden is located at the center of Okayama ...
“Retoro Marche” / Ryokka Kouen
This is an event that started in 2014. You can enjoy various kinds of food, locally produced vegetables and souvenirs. I made the first visit last year, which has stood out in my memory, so I decided to go again this year.
The venue was at a local shopping street. The area where the street starts had some kind of nostalgic atmosphere from the Showa era, and entertained visitors with some performances.
Next to the area were stalls for Cambodian curry, Japanese scattered sushi or Tai-yaki in many different flavors. And some other specialties of Okayama such as sweets and drinks were also available at reasonable prices.
Walking down the Gofuku shopping street, I felt as if I had travelled back to the 1970s. There were the stores showing films using a film projector, playing a phonograph record of the customers’ choice, and making candy crafts. There was also a place where you can dress up as Kiki, a character from Kiki’s Delivery Service. People can take picture of themselves flying on a broomstick as a witch. It was such a memorable day.
The shopping street is not so long. I walked around and had lunch there. And after that, I headed to Ryokka Park, which is just a 15-minute drive away.
n the Park, there is a field where the children can play around, and many flowers and trees lining a walking path in the playground. It is just like one in a traditional garden. There is a library as well. I really liked the park. I hope you could visit this park. I’m sure it will make you feel at peace and relaxed.