Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1692 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kourakuen 1-5
    This Japanese stroll garden is located in Okayama City and named one of the Big Three Japanese Gardens. Construction of the garden began in 1687 by Tsunamasa Ikeda, Lord of Okayama, with its initial completion in 1700. Since this time, it was beloved and enjoyed as a place of relaxation for the feudal lord and as a place of interaction with the retainers and people of the domain. One can see the footprints of history through the structural remains preserved in the expansive 144,000 square meters area and enjoy blooms in each season dotting the park. The Korakuenmae bus stop is the closest public transport stop.

    A very picturesque location for very nice picture. The Okayama castle is just located beside the garden and provides for a good backdrop. A peaceful stroll around the garden. A well maintained garden...

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    698 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-1-15
    Located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum was Japan’s first private museum dedicated to Western art. The museum was built by Kurashiki industrialist Magosaburo Ohara in 1930. The Main Gallery, styled like a Greek temple, remains as it looked when the museum first opened. Inside, works by master Western painters such as Cezanne, Degas, and Renoir are on display. Several gallery concerts are held each year, a tradition which began in 1950.

    the famed paitings by el greco, renoir, lautrec, etc are here. there are not many of each, but the crown jewels are there. the japanese garden, and the storage buildings are worth a visit too

  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    363 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kibitsu 931
    A Shinto shrine primarily dedicated to Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto, a prince who subjugated rebels and brought peace and order to this area as one of the four mighty Shido Shogun. Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto is also known as the model for the legend of Momotaro, one of Japan’s most popular folktales. The shrine is one of the largest in the old San’yodo area. The front shrine and main shrine, built in the hiyoku irimoya-zukuri style, are designated National Treasures, and were rebuilt in 1425 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Must-see highlights include the shrine’s roughly 400 meter long covered gallery, and the various flowers which grow on the grounds year round. The shrine is famous for the Narukama Shinji, a ritual in which the whistling of a steaming iron pot is used for fortune telling purposes. The nearest station is Kibitsu Station.

    Visited on Saturday and was surprised to see not many people. It was a peaceful stroll because there were not many people. The famed long corridor is quite impressive. Getting there can be a little...

  • Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
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    4.5
    289 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1
    Bitchu Matsuyama Castle stands at the highest elevation above sea level in Japan at 430 meters as a castle which has a surviving keep. The castle was originally built on Omatsuyama by an Ukan town feudal lord, Akiba Shigenobu during the Kamakura period It was restored by Mizunoya Katsumune in 1683 and retains that castle keep appearance to this day. You can see the vestiges of a castle that was called impregnable, a solid wall of rock rising up to the mountain top. It is also famous as you can observe the apparition of a sea of clouds floating by in the early morning from the end of September to early April. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle was used in the opening shot of the “Taiga” (a long running historical drama on NHK) drama series called “Sanada Maru”.

    The hiking to the castle from the nearest parking lot takes around 20 min and can be quite steep. Its not the most exciting castle but it does offer nice views around the town.

  • Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Sange 135
    This castle ruin park is located near the Tsuyama Wonder Museum in Tsuyama City. One of Japan's three major mountain castles, it once had 60 towers and was built by Mori Ranmaru's younger brother Mori Tadamasa on Mt. Kaku. Although all buildings were destroyed with the ordinance for the disposal of castles, the Bichu Yagura was restored as a characteristic building of a mountain castle in 2005 and is open to the general public. The ruins of the castle became Kakuzan Park, and is also famous as a place for viewing cherry blossoms that was chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, and has particularly splendid night cherry blossoms illuminated by small lamps with paper shades.

    Tsuyama, known as the little Kyoto of Mimasaka was a place I had long wanted to visit. Tsuyama’s development was quite early because of its strategic location on the route from Kyoto to Izumo. During...

  • Achi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    213 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 12-1
    This shrine stands atop a small hill in a corner of the Bikan Historical Quarter. The land is connected with the family of Achi no Omi, who came to Japan from the Korean Peninsula during the time of Emperor Ojin and helped develop Kibi Province, the predecessor to modern-day Okayama, with new technologies. The shrine grounds are home to the largest Akebono wisteria tree in the country; the best time to visit is when the tree is in bloom, from the end of April through May. The shrine sells Achi no Fujimori charms which contain wisteria seeds and are said to bring long life and good health.

    High up in the hill overlooking Kurashiki, this Shrine is beautiful and quiet. We went in the evening near sunset. Explore the garden path going up or down the hill. A long staircase also can be used...

  • Roadside Station Kasaoka Bay Farm
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Transportation
    245-5 Kabuto Minami-cho, Kasaoka-shi, Okayama-ken
    This roadside station is located along National Route 2 in the Kabuto Minamimachi area of Kasaoka City. Besides selling specialty products such as local fresh agricultural products and fresh fish, it also offers buffets using delicious land-based food and seafood of Kasaoka. There is also a snack corner and shop selling freshly baked bread. In addition, you can enjoy flowers throughout the year with the approximately one million sunflowers that bloom in flower fields on Kasaoka Bay’s reclaimed land.

    The area Bay Farm is in is a giant swath of reclaimed land (kantakuchi) created in the 60s for farmland. During different seasons they have fields of flowers that people come to look at. A giant...

  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Ichinomiya 1043
    This shrine is located at the foot of Kibi no Nakayama in the Ichinomiya area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. The main shrine building is on the site of the residence of Okibitsuhiko no mikoto, who suppressed Kibi no Kuni, and has him as the principal shrine god. The shrine is also called “Asahi no Miya” (shrine of the morning sun) because the sun rises directly in front of the main torii gate and enters the mirror in the shrine on the summer solstice.

    It was pretty quiet when I went. About 15 minutes on the local train from Okayama. Will only need at more an hour there. Just because of the tranquility, and the scenic mountains around it, well...

  • Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Shimotsuifukiage 303-1
    An amusement park in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture with a spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea and Seto-ohashi Bridge. In addition to bungee jumping, a rarity in the Chugoku and Shikoku region, that park offers a variety of exciting attractions, including four roller coasters and the Turbo Drop vertical free fall drop ride. There's also an inline skate park, pool in summer, petting zoo, and dog park, making Washuzan Highland a popular destination for people of all ages. Brazilian samba shows are held in the park every day.

    Visited the pub on Thursday for a drink then decided to have food took advantage of the free starter & dessert deal with big plate specials service was good staff were friendly & the food was good...

  • Ajitsukasa Nomura
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Heiwachou 1-10 Nomura Building 1F
    Located a seven-minute walk from JR Okayama Station is a long-established deep-fried pork cutlet restaurant established in 1931. Their speciality is a pork cutlet on a bed of rice covered with a special demi-glace sauce as well as the normal pork cutlet and rice covered with beaten egg. The restaurant has 2/3 child size and 1/2 grandchild size portions and is recommended to those who want to try a variety of flavors. Some of the menu can be ordered as take out.

    Very friendly staff. Cozy setting. English menu. as well as many languages. First figure out your selection, remember the number, put your cash in the ticket machine, hit the number of your...

  • Hiruzen Kogen Center Joyful Park
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzenkamifukuda 1205-197
    A comprehensive leisure facility located on the Hiruzen Plateau, a resort area in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture famed for its soothing, pastoral scenery. The amusement park at the center of the facility has a numerous fun attractions for you to enjoy, including a Ferris wheel, two story merry go round, roller coasters, and go-carts. Other popular facilities include the Hiruzen Hana no Mori, a garden where some 15 thousand rhododendrons spanning 100 varieties bloom and the Saru-en and Tori-en zoo exhibits, where you can see cute animals. In the facility’s restaurants, you can enjoy Jingisukan mutton barbecue, a Hiruzen specialty, with a special secret recipe sauce; as well as Hiruzen yakisoba, a local favorite cheap eat.

    Rather for small children, althought we enjoyed ferris wheel - great view from the top. Decorations are colourful and cute. We had good coffee with delicious cream on the top at the cafe here.

  • Kurashiki Takadaya
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 11-36
    Kurashiki Takadaya conscientiously grills each and every skewer of chicken over a charcoal flame, and has a big menu, from single items to whole courses. Winter-only items like “gyutan shabu-shabu”, “motsuni”, and “kawameshi” -grilled chicken skin over rice in a bowl-are popular and highly praised choices. All-you-can-drink courses are also available-perfect for any party. Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.

    I ordered the 5 sticks menu with a drink. Than, i realized cigarettess smoke is coming to my eyes so i asked to move a table but the owner, witch doesnt speak english at all, refused. He did that...

  • Miyake Shoten Cafe Kōbō
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 3-11
    A café operated out of a remodeled old private home with lattice doors, a tiled roof, and white walls located in Hommachi, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. Inside, the café retains much of the original old interior style, giving it a soothing and quiet atmosphere. A tatami mat seating area is situated just past the earthen floor of the entrance; in the inner part of a café, customers can view the elegant inner garden. The restaurant’s seasonal fruit parfaits are particularly popular—strawberry in spring, peach in summer, Japanese chestnut in fall, and more. The spicy, flavorful Miyake curry and homemade cakes are also well-reviewed.

    It was late afternoon on a cold December day and we longed for a warm place to stop for some hot tea and cake. But most cafes had already closed or featured big plastic ice cream cones outside. So we...

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712
    A Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Kita Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture officially known as the Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple. Founded around 785 by the great priest Ho’on, despite being a Buddhist temple rather than a Shinto shrine, the Saijo Inari is considered one of Japan’s three largest Inari temples. The temple survived the anti-Buddhist movement of the Meiji period unscathed. Permitted to engage in rituals syncretizing Buddhism and Shintoism, the temple is a rare example of an Inari “shrine” which follows Buddhist traditions. The temple grounds are marked by Shinto torii gates and the main temple building is built in the Shinto jingu style. Since ancient times, the temple has been believed to grant worshipers a variety of benefits, including prosperity in business, better fortunes, and traffic safety.

    Its ok, great area sTo see, But, not very diferent from or compared to the others that i see in Tokyo or kyoto

  • Kirin Brewery Okayama Factory
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Higashi-ku Setochoumantomi 678
    "Kirin Beer Okayama Plant is a brewery located near Mantomi Station in Mantomi, Seto-cho Town, Higashi Ward, in the city of Okayama. It offers two industrial tours, ""Discover the Secret of Kirin Ichiban Shibori's Delicious Flavor,"" which is free of charge, and ""Kirin Ichiban Shibori EP Tour,"" which charges a fee and is available at irregular intervals. Both tours are an opportunity to learn how beer is made. There is also a factory shop that sells varieties of beer available only at that particular brewery."

    Kirin beer factory can bookie to. 3 months in advance easy to get to on public transport approx 25 min from Okayama on local line, they had a shuttle bus waiting to collect us. Even thought the main...

  • EL GRECO
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    3.5
    112 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-1-11
    EL GRECO is an old-fashioned café, with ivy-covered exterior and colors for all four seasons, a great place for resting your spirit. The most popular choice is the coffee and rare cheesecake with blueberry sauce combination, winning many fans who keep coming back for more. Approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.

    After time at Ohara museum, a cup of tea and a piece of traditional Japanese sponge was terrific. An older western style building, the decor inside was slightly more traditionally Japanese. Highly...

  • The Ohashis’ House
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 3-21-31
    This building has the architecture of a merchant’s house and is located in Kurashiki City. The Ohashi family were large land-owners who made their fortune developing fields for drying salt and fields for growing rice in the late Edo period. The house has a Nagaya-mon gate which faces the street, while the main house is arranged with features such as having a front garden which is separated by a gate. The house was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 1978.

    We saw the signage along the road and followed it to Ohashi House. This old historical house is preserved for all to see, for a small entry fee. Explore the gardens and interior. It is beautifully...

  • Hiruzen Jersey Land
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzennakafukuda 956-222
    A leisure facility located in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture directly operated by the Hiruzen Dairy Farming Agricultural Cooperative, famed for its Jersey cow dairy products. In a pasture area commanding a view of the three peaks of Hiruzen, Jersey cows munch on grass, bathe in the sunlight, and live leisurely lives, and visitors can come enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the Hiruzen Plateau here. At the shop, popular items for purchase include Jersey cow yogurt and roll cakes made with hearty servings of Jersey cow whipped cream. Be sure to try the soft serve ice cream and enjoy the rich, milky flavor! The facility also has a restaurant where you can enjoy Jersey cow steaks and cheese fondue. Entry free.

    Theres a big field with sunflowers in the summer and cute decorations year round. The restaurant serves really good cheese fondue and ice cream. After lunch we went to the stable, it was fun to feed...

  • Yunogo Onsen
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Yunogo 323-1
    A hot spring district counted as one of the three great skin beautifying hot spring villages of Okayama Prefecture. This ancient hot spring area is said to have been discovered by the great priest Ennin during the Heian period as he traveled the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, and is also known by the nickname the Heron Hot Spring. The area is host to numerous Japanese-style and Western-style hot spring hotels and day trip bathhouses, free footbaths, and Shinto shrines with fountains fed by source springs, and visitors can enjoy hot spring waters in a variety of ways here. The area's clear chloride springs contain an abundance of calcium, sodium, and other minerals as well as radium-infused bubbles and are said to help alleviate digestive disorders, rheumatism, women's diseases, and skin diseases.

    料金換わったよ700円 それと、障害者割引や 療養湯の使用時間が1時間とのこと、 衣服脱着に10分ずつかかると、正味40分しか入れません。 後は30分ごとに料金追加、書いてないので、 それもはっきりしません。 それと隣の村湯は同じ料金で時間制限なし、実に馬鹿にしてますよ。 町内会の会費を収めてるとか? いくらなんですかね

  • Yurin-an
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 2-15
    Yurin-an is a cafe in a traditional Japanese house built 100 years ago. Features like our single-board table help preserve the old-fashioned atmosphere, and their highly popular “power sweets” are rumored to bring happiness. Since there’s the chance of a queue from opening on weekends and public holidays, arriving early is a good idea. Their “Shiawase Pudding” will make you smile, and their miracle inducing “Miracle Panna Cotta” is also popular. Yurin-an is approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.

    Puding and panna cotta was cute and tasted nice.However, it is only being sold with a set drink. The zenzai was seasonal limited so I gave it a try. And OMG second bite made me headache.

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan's Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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