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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Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

Traditional Japanese pottery in small-town Japan

Betty Smith Jeans Museum and Outlet

Unique jeans and unique history in one place

Aya Cafe Uno

A neighbourly and intimate cafe

Okayama to Naoshima

The yellow train of Uno

Community discussion

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

The "Venice of Japan" lives up to the title

Thank you! :)

Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

Traditional Japanese pottery in small-town Japan

Definitely, worth trying!

Inujima: Industrial Remains as Art

The art islet

The art houses of the islands of Seto inland sea are unique and awesome

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!