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Okayama

Home of Momotaro and Koraku-en garden

About Okayama

Things to do in Okayama

Areas

Niimi

Niimi

Niimi City has a population of about 34,000 and is located in the north part of the Prefecture.  Over the years smaller towns and villages have been amalgamated, so Niimi now consists of Osa, Shingo, Tessei and Tetta.  It also serves as a crossover point into Tottori Prefecture.  Ni..

Setouchi

Setouchi

A rural city with about 40,000 residents, Setouchi City is a new kid on the block in Okayama Prefecture. It consists of the towns of Ushimado, Oku and Osafune and is bordered by both Okayama and Bizen City. Oku is where the city hall is located although I don’t think you could really call it..

Kurashiki

Kurashiki

Kurashiki City sits in the heart of Okayama Prefecture.  With a population close to 500,000 people it makes for a city that has a lot to offer day or night.  Whatever you want to do it has it all.  Walking around the Bikan area, a historical area that was spared during WWII which ha..

Where to eat

Aya Cafe Uno

Aya Cafe Uno

Uno is a little town with a funny name. Not like Yoko Ono, or “yuno”, as in “you know”, but “oo no”. Thousands of people pass through each day, but it is not on the Shinkansen route, nor does it have any World Heri..

Inujima Cafe Walk

Inujima Cafe Walk

Inujima is a near deserted island off the south coast of Okayama Prefecture, whose population had decreased from three thousand to a bit over thirty in a hundred years. There are old bank tellers and charming wood cottages, like a place stuck in time..

Uki Cafe

Uki Cafe

In many ways a trip to Inujima is a trip back in time. In many ways the changes to the 21st century has bypassed this quiet island with many of the younger generation having moved to the bigger cities Fiona Tan, a visiting artist from the Netherlands..

Places to stay

Top 5 Hotels and Views Across the Setouchi

Top 5 Hotels and Views Across the Setouchi

The long coastlines and islands of the Setouchi area house some of Japan’s top luxurious retreats. These seaside paradises show the beauty of the Setouchi region of Japan and its vibrant blue and green waters that change colors with the seasons..

Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Located only within a two-minute walk from Okayama station, Hollywood Sauna & Spa is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Japanese accommodations. The multi-story hotel, which is ironically set above a pachink..

Budget Station Hotels in Japan

Budget Station Hotels in Japan

Budget station hotels in Japan are near the stations, or at most a kilometer away, a walking distance of about 20 minutes. At average rates of between Y 5000 to 10000, they are a steal, if you can bear with no chocolates under the pillow and no rose ..

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Shopping in Okayama

Shopping in Okayama

Like all cities, Okayama has a thousand and one shops to answer all the shopping needs of the locals, as well as those of tourists who are passing through. It would, of course, be impossible to list them all. However, two places stand out from the ot..

Okayama  Korakuen Garden

Okayama Korakuen Garden

Japan is overflowing with traditional gardens, parks and other green spaces each more magnificent than the last. Certain ones, however, will leave you with a stronger impression than the others. This is the case of the magnificent Okayama Korakuen Ga..

Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

On a cool Monday in early December, I made my way to Imbe in Okayama Prefecture. The small town, a 35-minute ride from Okayama Station, is home to Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery), one of the six traditional kilns of Japan. My first stop was the Bize..

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About okayama

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalOkayama
Population1,945,276
Area7,114.62 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.

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