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Culture / Tour Spots in Okayama Area

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    686 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.

    It is a private museum with amazing collection and I just love the way that they have arranged the art. The museum looks small but you could easily spend longer time in there. It has a Monet...

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    59 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.

  • 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...

  • Japanese Rural Toy Museum
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    3.5
    37 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...

  • Momotaro Karakuri Museum
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    4.0
    59 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...

  • Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft
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    4.0
    57 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...

  • Yumeji Art Museum Yumeji Seika and Shonen Sanso
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Okuchouhonjou
    The birthplace and home where the well-known Taisho Roman poet, painter, and artist Yumeji Takehisa lived until the age of 16. A traditional Japanese home with a thatched roof built some 250 years ago, both the interior and the exterior are preserved in the state they were in when Yumeji Takehisa lived here. The Syonen Sansou was designed by Takehisa and served as his Tokyo studio and home; on the artist’s 95th birthday in 1979, the structure was restored with the help of Takehisa’s second son, Fujihiko. Hanging scrolls, folding screens, sketches, and other works by Takehisa are displayed inside.
  • Kurashiki Archaeological Museum
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou 1-3-13
    This museum is in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. It opened in 1950 in a renovated rice storehouse built in the Edo period. The building exterior is used as the background for stamps, posters, and location shoots, and it’s also a popular photo spot for tourists. Inside the building, you’ll find exhibits that focus on items excavated in the Kibi region and archaeological materials, covering from the Paleolithic period to the Muromachi period (1338-1573).

    First of all the building of this museum is very beautiful .This museum is very small but exhibits many pottery and earthenware fro local ruins and somehow Inca.

  • Hiruzen Herb Garden 'HerBill'
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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.
  • Kurashiki City Monogatari-kan
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    3.5
    44 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...

  • Setouchi City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado 4911 Setouchi City Hall Ushiwa City Market 3/4 F
    This art museum is located along Prefectural Route 28 in the Ushimado-cho area of Ushimado, Setouchi City. It exhibits works including those by the Western painter Satake Toku, known as the “olive painter,” who left paintings with olive garden motifs from his atelier in the olive gardens of Ushimado.

    西大寺駅から路線バスを利用して行きまさした。鉄道利用の場合はバスを利用するしかないようです。『驚愕の超写実展』が開催されていました。写真のように綺麗な作品が多く展示してありました○

  • Shibukawa Zoo
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Shibukawa 3-1077-1
    This zoo is located in the Shibukawa 3 Chome area of Tamano City. It raises 600 animals from about 80 different species on the site covering almost 100,000 square meters. Besides being able to interact with various animals such as through dog walking and horseback riding, you can collect insects that live in the park for free during the summer.

    動物はイヌ、ネコ、大型亀、豚、牛、ヤギ、ロバ等。 ただ、ほとんどが放し飼いで触れるのが他と異なる特徴。山がまるごと放し飼いみたいな。 子供に最適な動物園です。

  • Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
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    4.5
    41 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...

  • Betty Smith Jeans Museum
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    4.0
    36 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...

  • Tamano Municipal Marine Museum (Shibukawa Marine Aquarium)
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    4.0
    23 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.

    大型連休、私は仕事だったので実家に預けた際に、ジジババが娘を連れて行ってくれました。 2歳半の娘にはちょうどいい大きさの水族館。 いっぱいお魚!っと大興奮だったよう。 楽しい思い出になったようで、保育園が再開され先生にどこか行ったの?っとの質問に『お魚見た!』っと返答したようです♪ 娘もまだ無料だし、今度は家族で行こうかな? ちなみに65歳以上も無料らしく、ジジババも無料だったよう。

  • Niimi Museum of Art
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Nishigata 361
    This art museum is located in Nishigata, Niimi City. Centered on about 80 pieces by the literary painter Tomioka Tessai, It holds approximately 1,100 works of art such as modern Japanese paintings, Western paintings and crafts by artists in connection with their hometown. You can interact with the natural of Niimi throughout the four seasons through the garden in the museum and the view from the cafe.

    The museum is a lovely building with panoramic views over the city. When we visited the show was to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the museum and showed highlights from the collection. The...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Ibarachou 315
    Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum is located next to the city hall in Ibara-cho in the city of Ibara. The collection is centered around the works of Hirakushi Denchu, an early modern master of wood sculpture in the Japanese style, who was born in Ibara. Also on exhibit are the works of artists who were closely associated with Hirakushi Denchu and the works of winners of the Hirakushi Denchu Prize. Some of Hiraskushi Denchu’s works are exhibited in Denchu-en Park, which is in front of the museum.

    平櫛田中の力強い彫刻と書を、まとめて見ることができます。「いまやらねばいつできる わしがやらねばたれがやる」の書と、六代目尾上菊五郎モデルの「鏡獅子」の試作彫刻にふれるだけでも価値があります。じっくり一点一点作品を味わうと、彫刻が少しだけわかった気になるほど、力のある作品の数々でした。国立劇場で本物の「鏡獅子」の作品を見る楽しみが増えました。

  • Okayama City Museum
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    4.0
    28 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...

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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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