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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Okayama Castle

Discover Okayama's history through one of the city's most recognisable emblems

Shopping in Okayama

Satisfy your shopping needs at Okayama's best retail spots

Okayama Korakuen Garden

Take a break by strolling around one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

Traditional Japanese pottery in small-town Japan

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Korakuen Garden

Discover one of the top three Japanese gardens

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Niimi City Samurai Parade

A 300-year-old tradition

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Art, History & Culture in Okayama

Experience the best of Okayama with only one ticket

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Okayama Korakuen Garden

Take a break by strolling around one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

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