Culture / Tour Spots in Okayama Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    698 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

  • 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...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    62 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...

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    4.0
    57 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 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
    63 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.

    The staff are playful and welcoming, they will guide you through the optical illusions. Next comes the ghost alley/mini haunted maze that you go through without the staff. I won’t spoil it because...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Okayama City Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Ekimotomachi 15-1
    Okayama City Museum is located near the west exit of Okayama Station in Ekimotomachi, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. The concept behind it is “to record, preserve, exhibit, and promote the history, present day, and glories of Okayama.” The permanent exhibit, “The History and Culture of Okayama,” displays materials about the natural environment as well as the history and culture of the city, and there are also time-limited exhibitions and art exhibitions.

    Thought we were just going to see the museum that was right next to the jr station and find out about the history of Okayama but happened to be there at the right time and got to see George Lucas...

  • 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
    29 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...

  • Japan Museum of Contemporary Toy & Hall of Music Box
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Mimasakashi Yunogou 319-2
    A three-minute walk from the Yunogo Onsen-shimo bus stop on the Uno Bus leaving from Okayama Station. This toy and music box museum celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010. The museum displays around 600 traditional toys such as European building blocks, as well as 30 music boxes and mechanical dolls made more than a century ago. Toy classes are held in the museum's studio space, and visitors can experience the fun of creating as well as the fun of playing with toys. The history and workings of music boxes are presented in the music box concert hall.

    In this nice quiet onsen town we didnt expect to find such an interesting place. This place isnt just for kids as Im sure mums and dads will love it just as much. At the time of writing this...

  • Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art (Nagi MOCA)
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    4.0
    23 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...

  • 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...

  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-4-16
    Located in the center of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this museum dedicated to toys is housed inside an Edo period rice granary. Countless time-honored Japanese toys from around the country are on display, including traditional toys, Daruma dolls, and hina dolls. Although an entry fee is required for the main building, one of the galleries inside a former inner storehouse, the museum shop, and café are free to enter.

    For sure the amount of old craft toys is displayed in a very tiny place:kites, masks, dolls, darumas, small toys are really a jewel that tells us s lot about rural Japan and Japanese children. 400...

  • 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...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kourakuen 1-5
    Here, the cultural heritage of Okayama Prefecture from primitive through modern times is displayed in an easy to understand manner. In addition to the main attraction, the Akakawa Odoshi yoroi red leathered armor, a national treasure, valuable cultural artifacts are preserved and displayed. Twice a month, a curator provides presentations on the exhibits. This museum is located in the outer garden of Korakuen.

    I came with a study-buddy for a special Nichiren exhibition that displayed many excellent Buddhist artworks. What a pity that the arrangement was poor and without a concept, the items just put into...

  • Bizen Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1659-6
    Bizen-yaki is one of the six oldest Japanese kilns with a history of 1,000 years. At the Bizen Pottery Museum, a wide range of artworks by the Living National Treasures Kaneshige Toyo, Fujiwara Kei, Yamamoto Toshu, Fujiwara Yu, Isesaki Jun and others as well as young artists are exhibited. Enjoy the charm of Bizen-yaki to the fullest. Seasonal exhibitions are held as well.

    The museum is just above the train station shop. It has a wide selection of pottery by different crafts women and men. You can identify those whose work you like and they can show you the workshop...

  • Bisei Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Biseichouokura 1723-70
    This astronomical observatory is located in the Okura area of Bisei-cho, Ibara City. With a 101-centimeter reflecting telescope, you can observe astronomical objects without a reservation from Friday to Monday night. In addition, besides displaying a life-size reproduction of an ancient Chinese celestial position measuring instrument, scale model of the 101-centimeter reflecting telescope and a solar telescope, there is also a library and training room.

    金曜日から、日曜日にかけて、夜色々な惑星等が口径101センチ望遠鏡で天体観測が出来ます。月曜日は休館日です。

  • 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。

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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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