Okayama Prefecture

Chugoku region

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About Okayama
Region:Chugoku
Island:Honshu
Capital:Okayama
Population:1,945,276
Area:7,114.62 sq. km

If you’re interested in Japanese culture but something other than temples and shrines, try Okayama, although Kibitsu Shrine is still worth a visit. Better yet, Okayama is the least rainy prefecture, meaning bad weather won’t spoil your adventures.

The city of Kurashiki is known for the Bikan Historical Quarter, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji eras are still preserved, and the Ohara Museum, the country’s first Western art museum. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is not only one of the oldest remaining castles, but also the castle with the highest elevation above sea level.

The Old Shizutani School, in use from 1673 to 1964, was Japan’s first public school and the only school to be designated a National Treasure. And finally, Koraku-en is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Things to Do in Okayama

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Inujima Museum Cafe

History and community distilled in a dish

Fun in Okayama

Exploring Korakuen Gardens and Okayama Castle

Off the Beaten Track in Okayama

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Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Capsules to Saunas - experiencing Japanese hospitality

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The Best Little Airport in Japan

Okayama's International Airport: More than just planes

Might have to compete with the great little airport of Tokushima!

Budget Station Hotels in Japan

Stay happy, stay cheap

Nice to know!

Off the Beaten Track in Okayama

24hrs in Japan's most underrated city

Peaceful.

Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Capsules to Saunas - experiencing Japanese hospitality

Exactly. It is a very typical Japanese spa/hotel. Great place to stay for a new experience.