Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Okayama Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    706 Reviews
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    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

  • Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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    4.0
    178 Reviews
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    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...

  • Hiruzen Kogen Center Joyful Park
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
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    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.

  • Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland
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    3.5
    78 Reviews
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    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...

  • Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Osafunechouosafune 966
    This Japanese sword museum is located in the Osafune area of Osafune-cho, Setouchi City. It exhibits Japanese swords with various themes including Bizen swords from Osafune, an area that had long flourished as a Japanese sword production area. In addition, there is also a Japanese sword workshop on the premises, and besides being able to see how Japanese swords are made, you can make reservations to experience making paper knives and small knives, and also lectures to learn how to care for Japanese swords.

    A couple of days ago we went to Okayama to visit friends and they very kindly took us to the village as they knew I was interested in Japanese swords and history. It was a marvellous experience, we...

  • Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Taki 1640-1
    A theme park located in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture where the whole family members, from children to adults, can enjoy toys together. The majority of the entire park is comprised of indoor pavilions and outdoor attractions. In the park’s 18 themed pavilions, visitors are free to play with such popular toys as Tomica Plarail trains, Licca-chan dolls, and DiaBlock interlocking building blocks. Outdoors, there are 19 attractions to delight children, including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, and go-carts. The Kodomo Studio, an NHK character-themed pavilion and shop, is also popular.

    Felt like legolands little brother but not in a bad way. My 4 year old son had a blast on the bumper boats and the roller coaster but I just felt nickel and dimed for a bag of rocks, the water park...

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Otani
    This museum is located in Otani, Tsuyama City. Built in 1936 in Tsuyama Station, centering on the former Tsuyama Depot roundhouse that would be the second largest among those that exist in Japan today, it displays dioramas and various train exhibits about diesel multiple units and diesel locomotives.

    A little difficulty walking to museum due to no signs on roads.... but found with another lost group of people. I think museum is lacking many must have many exhibits such as movie, train bells...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 8-48
    "Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art is located along Prefectural Route 400 in Tenjin-cho, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. It collects and exhibits the works of traditional illustrators, traditional Japanese painters, Western-style painters, craftspeople, sculptors, and other artists who have a connection with Okayama. In addition to the permanent collection ""The Art of Okayama,"" in which the objects on display are changed periodically, and special exhibitions, the museum also sponsors events such as lectures about art and workshops."

    Looking over some previous reviews, I learn that the museum has a collection. The reason I mention this is because on my visit today, there was nothing to be seen from said collection, as they were...

  • Okayama Orient Museum
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 9-31
    "A museum which contains many ancient works of Oriental art from Mesopotamian civilizations and other areas. The museum is located a 15-minute walk from the east entrance of JR Okayama Station along Prefectural Route 42. The museum was originally opened to house 1,947 works of art donated by Okayama University. The museum's collection continued to grow thanks to donations and loans and today the facility manages around 4,800 pieces of ancient art. The museum's collection primarily consists of earthenware, glass, and porcelain mosaics. The museum's centerpiece is its ""Relief of Protective Spirit, Apukallu"" Assyrian relief created in Iraq in the ninth century BCE."

    I am a big fan of museums devoted to archaeology. I knew this one would be a small one, with limited English explanation, but it was advertised all around the city, both in Japanese and English, I...

  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 5-11
    It is a museum dedicated to the traditional Japanese folk story of Momotaro, to which Okayama Prefecture is said to be connected. In addition to historical materials related to the Momotaro story, the museum also houses interactive attractions such as the haunted house-style tunnel through Onigashima, the Island of Demons. The museum’s optical illusions, such as a photo spot where you can take a picture of your head emerging from a peach, are particularly popular. During the summer, the museum hosts an evening haunted house event.

    This is one of my favorite places in Kurashiki. The museum has a lot of interactive activities related to Momotaro. Oh, if you havent experienced a Japanese haunted house, try visiting this place...

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Naka-ku Hama 2-1-32
    The museum was opened in 1984, near the Korakuen Garden in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Yumeji Takehisa. Here, in addition to the hanging scrolls drawn by Yumeji, the main building has about 3,000 items including watercolors and oil paintings, letters and books and other materials. In addition to the permanent exhibition where about 100 works can be seen, exhibitions introducing Yumeji’s art from various viewpoints is held several times a year. At the museum cafe, you can have fancy European baked raisin cookies called Garibaldi which were a favorite of Yumeji.

    Each of his drawings are very beautiful and I enjoyed so much! After that I went to the cafe in this museum.

  • Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Yokoshima 1946-2
    Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum is located in Yokoshima in the city of Kasaoka. It contains a large aquarium where visitors can observe adult horseshoe crabs. The museum also contains exhibits about raising juvenile horseshoe crabs and an exhibit of dinosaur skeletons. Adjacent to the museum are Dinosaur Park, which contains models of dinosaurs, and athletic field, and a nature observation park with a horseshoe crab breeding ground.

    Kabutogani Museum is located right next to the dinosaur park, and is a great spot to visit if you have an hour or so to kill. You will receive a map and a stamp page to collect stamps as you make...

  • Hiruzen Herb Garden 'HerBill'
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    4.5
    39 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzennishikayabe 1480-64
    The Hiruzen Herb Garden “HerBill” has around 10,000 lavender plants and approximately 200 different species of herbs, flowers and other plants. Visitors can enjoy the sight of seasonal flowers in bloom in the bracing air of a highland plateau. There is a restaurant and café serving dishes made with freshly-picked herbs and edible wild plants, and also a shop selling local specialty products. “HerBill” also has a workshop where visitors can try their hand at making floral wreaths, and in the summer visitors can enjoy picking their own lavender.

    Good spot to relax with a cup of tea and lavender soft serve. You can see all three picks of Hiruzen mountain from here. The garden is smaller than we expected but its pretty.

  • Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-11
    The museum is located on the banks of the Kurashiki River in the Bikan Historical Quarter. Housed inside late Edo period rice granaries, the museum was the first project in Kurashiki to re-use such granaries for a new purpose. The museum displays some 15,000 examples of beautiful folk crafts from around the world, including pottery, glass, stone, textile, and wooden items. The museum shop also offers a wide variety of folk crafts for sale.

    There are many baskets and pottery of Japan used for everyday life. Different from fine art,folk art doesnt looks special ,especially from the standpoint of local Japanese like us.So,we feel 700 yen...

  • Betty Smith Jeans Museum
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimashimonochou 5-2-70
    Betty Smith Jeans Museum and Village is located in Kojima Shimono-cho, 5-chome in the city of Kurashiki. Opened in 2003, it is the first museum devoted to jeans, and its exhibits describe the origin of jeans, their history, the history of domestically produced jeans, the history of Kojima, which is known as a center for manufacturing jeans; as well as some of the machines used in making jeans. Visitors can even order custom-made jeans for themselves.

    We had a great time visiting the Betty Smith Jeans Museum, particularly having the option of putting in the rivets and buttons to your chosen jeans. Choose from a Variety if men’s and women’s jeans...

  • Design Market Kurashiki Hayashi Genjuro Shouten
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-23-10
    This is a shopping complex opened in 2012 in the restored main building, house, annex, storehouse and courtyard of the drug store Hayashi Genjiro Shouten built in the early Showa period. There are eight shops on the theme of affluent lifestyles in the complex such as everyday goods select shops, original cafes, restaurants where you can enjoy wood-kiln pizza, and denim specialty shops. There is a memorial room in the main building introducing the history of the drug store Hayashi Genjiro Shouten. The nearest station is Kurashiki Station.

    倉敷美観地区にある色々なお店が入っている複合施設です。とてもおしゃれなので若い方には人気があります。

  • Tamano Municipal Marine Museum (Shibukawa Marine Aquarium)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Shibukawa 2-6-1
    Tamano Municipal Marine Museum and Shibukawa Marine Aquarium are located in Shibukawa 2-chome in the city of Tamano. The aquarium houses 2,000 individual marine life forms of 180 species from all over Japan, especially the Inland Sea, and the museum displays 1,000 specimens of shellfish, taxidermic specimens of fish, and models of ships. There are also outdoor exhibits of marine animals and maritime devices.

    古めかしい水族館でしたが、地元の魚を展示することを重視している点では、評価できます。瀬戸内海の豊かな海の幸が実感できました。

  • Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art (Nagi MOCA)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Katsutagunnagichou Toyosawa 441
    This art museum is located in the Toyosawa area of Nagi Town, Katsuta County. Designed by architect Isozaki Arata with a huge work produced by Arakawa Shusaku + Madeline Gins, Okazaki Kazuo and Miyawaki Aiko, the museum is the combination of a piece of art and a building. There is a gallery space that holds temporary modern art exhibitions and a cafe inside. In addition, the Nagi Town Library is adjacent to the museum.

    There is a museum at the foot of Mt.Nagi.There are Three works in this museum. The name of the artwork is the sun,the moon and the earth.Only this works that appeal to the senses can only be...

  • Kurashiki City Monogatari-kan
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-23-18
    Located at the entrance to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this is your home base for sightseeing in the region. This building features an impressive nagaya gate outside, and exhibition rooms filled with Kurashiki’s history, as well as a multi-purpose room and a café inside.

    I walked past this 3 times without realising what it is. Very discrete signs yet it is right at the entrance of the Beautiful District “Bikan”. It is an information centre and a small museum. The...

  • Manekineko Museum of Art
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kanayamaji 865-1
    This art museum for manekineko (beckoning cats) is located in the Kinzanji area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. Besides the permanent exhibition of 700 manekineko of various shapes and materials from traditional ones from throughout Japan to ones made by modern artists, it also holds temporary exhibitions related to manekineko. In addition, there is an adjoining museum shop that sells original manekineko goods.

    A hundred years old living quarter has been transformed into a house of manekineko or fortune cats of 700 kinds. The museum gave the feeling like walking into the grandmas private rooms where...

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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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