Other Shopping Spots in Okayama Area

  • Bizenyaki Traditional Industries Hall
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1657-7
    This hall is attached to Inbe Station in Inbe, Bizen City. Besides providing tourism information and selling goods, it exhibits and sells works by members of Bizen yaki tou yu kai (Bizen Ceramics Association), and holds workshops to experience making Bizen-yaki ware on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (for a fee, reservation required). Every October, the “Bizen Pottery Festival” is held throughout the entire area.

    伊部駅に併設している建物で、備前のいろいろな窯元の作品があり、購入もできるようなので、最初に一通り見てから、お気に入りの窯元の所に行くのもよいかも。

  • Kibiji Motenashinoyakata
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Soujashi Shuku 418
    This is a specialty goods shop and restaurant located on Prefectural Route 270 in Shuku, Soja City. The shop sells local special products and fresh vegetables picked in the morning. There is also a gallery that displays and sells crafts. The restaurant serves set meals with a choice of Kibiji okowa glutinous rice with special black soybean or red bean rice, udon noodles, soba and curry. In addition, there is also a cafe menu offering dishes such as Kofunzenzai red bean soup (reservation required) using special tofu.

    備中国分寺に行くために、駐車場に車を入れると、すぐ横にこの建物があります。中はレストランが中心ですが、おみやげ物も入手できます。

  • Bizen Gallery and Cafe Rihou
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1530
    This is a Bizenyaki pottery gallery and cafe located along the Sanyo Road in Inbe, Bizen City. The gallery exhibits and sells Bizenyaki works from famous artists to casual everyday items. The cafe offers matcha powdered green tea and coffee with a sweet, light refreshments such as sandwiches and sweets, all served on bizen-yaki dishes.

    赤穂線伊部駅前にある備前焼の店が立ち並ぶ通りにあります。毎年10月に開催される備前焼祭りの際に訪れました。備前焼のギャラリーに加え、喫茶コーナーもあります。

  • Okayama Prefectural Local Products Hall
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Omotecho 1-1-22
    This select shop offers the very best of Okayama. It is found just inside the shopping arcade stretching from Shiroshita Station on the Okaden Higashiyama line. They offer Okayama specialty fruits like nashi pears, peaches, and grapes, as well as seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, and local sake. In addition to food and drink, they also sell knickknacks and handicrafts like Bizen ware and Kurashiki Igusa straw bags. This shop is packed with all the charms of Okayama prefecture. They also have regular seasonal events. It's the perfect spot to look for your Kibiji souvenirs.

    市電の城下駅から表町商店街のアーケードに入ったところにある物産施設です。店舗の規模は大きくありませんが、きび団子をはじめ岡山土産が揃っています。

  • Ushimado Olive Shop
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado 412-1
    "This olive shop is located approximately a 20-minute drive from Oku Station on the JR Ako Line. The directly operated store of Ushimado Olive Garden, they offer various olive products such as edible olive oil and cosmetics with the theme of ""living with olives."" ""Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ushimado"" is their limited time only product sold from December to around March. Their ShikOlive Medicinal Skin Cream printed with a photograph of Ushimado Olive Garden is a cream popular for its smooth feeling and is a good item to commemorate coming to the garden."

    階段で上った最上階の景色はすばらしい。ぐるっと背面まで見渡せます(山側は、日本一の太陽光パネルの奇観が。笑)。階段はつかれますけど、上る価値あり、でした。

  • Bizenyaki Gallery Sanroku―gama
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Bizen Higashikatakami 1281-21
    A 10-minute drive from the Bizen Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway. This pottery studio creates and sells Bizen-ware pottery and is located on a large plot of land surrounded by plum and cherry trees. Bizen-ware pottery is popular for its ease of use and wide variety of designs. In the first-floor gallery you'll find a variety of works on display and for sale including everything from reasonable everyday items such as mugs an tea cups to masterpieces made by Living National Treasures of Japan. You can also try throwing your own pieces with their pottery course. In the spring they hold a Plum Festival with performances including Taiko drumming and then later in the season you can enjoy the countless blooming cherry trees. You can also make reservations for Bizen curry and bento lunches.

    備前焼で有名な山麓窯を訪れました。 渋い感じの備前焼ですが、使ってみると心地よいですね。 2月頃には梅の花を隣接している敷地で見ることはできるようです!!

  • Budo Romankan
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Ibarashi Aonochou 3535-3
    A grape farmers market located at the western foot of Mt. Kosugejyo. The market sells seasonal vegetables and grapes, a local Aono area specialty product. The market's selection of grapes exceeds 20 varieties, including Delaware and giant Kyoho. The market's cafe serves handmade grape juice and soft serve ice cream. The adjoining papercut art museum displays pieces by papercut artist Makoto Yozan. Each year in April, the market holds the Budo Roman Daikagura, a Noh Kagura dance-based performance. The market is also used as a center for local events such as marathons and mountain biking competitions.
  • Lifestyle Design Museum Kurashiki Hayashi Genjuro Shouten
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-23-10 Hayashi Genjiro Shop Main building 2F
    This is a select shop & cafe that sells clothing, food items and household items. It is located on the second floor of the main building in the shopping complex which is the restored wooden Western-style Hayashi Genjuro Shoten building from the early Showa period. The shop sells superb dishes and goods from Scandinavia and around the world, and items made by local Kurashiki and also national creators such as, excellent life design items. The cafe is a sister store of the popular Kurashiki cafe Miyake Shoten, and guests can enjoy eating seasonal sweets such as the famous Kurashiki Roman while touching the world class chairs and tableware sold in the shop. There are also seats on the roof to enjoy the townscape of the Bikan Historical Quarter.
  • Bengara-ya
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya 693
    Located in Fukiya, Nariwa Town, Takahashi City, Bengara-ya is a shop selling items that make use of the “bengara” red ochre pigment that is one of the region’s local specialty products. These items include fashion accessories and ornaments made with bengara, as well as bengara-glaze ceramics, etc. The shop itself is situated in a historic old house which is bengara-colored.
  • Toworu Mingeiten
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Achi 2-25-48
    Toworu Mingeiten shop carries a full selection of folk arts, like ceramics, dyed hand-woven items, and blown glass objects; they are useful for everyday life. On occasion, it features artist exhibitions as well. The shop makes use of its Edo-era townhouse to maintain a cultured atmosphere. Approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station.
  • Iseya
    Shopping
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi 4-5
    Iseya provides a soothing space for adults and children to enjoy, offering European wooden toys and crafts, wooden toys and marionettes by Japanese artisans, and a wealth of other crafts conveying the warmth of paper and wood. Their original masking tape made in collaboration with Kuralica is cute. Eight minutes by car from JR Kurashiki Station.
  • Omiyage Kaido Hare no Kuni
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Ekimotomachi 1-1
    This souvenir shop is on the second floor of Okayama Station, inside the local train ticket gates. They have a wide range of local specialty treats that are perfect Okayama souvenirs, including kibidango dumplings, Ote manju buns, and Murasuzume bean cakes.
  • Okayama Tourist Souvenir Association
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Korakuen 1-5
    This souvenir shop is inside Okayama Korakuen garden. This shop is found inside the Kansya-tei, a hall once used for retainers to demonstrate their archery for the Okayama feudal lord. Their Okayama specialties include Ganso Kibidango dumplings, Tsuru-no-tamago marshmallow cakes, and Tancho crane sweets, as well as pickled sardinella, local sake and beer, and more. Their cafe area offers light meals like spaghetti and hamburger steaks, as well as matcha with kibidango on the side.
  • Wagamiya Umeda
    Shopping
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Omotecho 1-2-36
    This washi paper shop is just off of Kamino-cho on Omote-cho shopping street. They sell Japanese paper products made in traditional areas like Mino and Sekishu, or with designs by professional artists. They have washi paper trays dyed with persimmon tannins, bags made from washi, and other items you can't find anywhere else. They also have handmade paper from Asian countries like Nepal or Bhutan, and the overwhelming variety of products gives the shop an almost museum-like atmosphere.
  • Hinoki Herbal Dyeing and Weaving Gallery
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Maniwa-shi Katsuyama 193
    This dyeing workshop and gallery is about a 10-minute walk from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station. The workshop is at the back of the shop, and the noren curtains used in the Katsuyama Townscape Preservation District are made here. The gallery is housed in a remodeled sake brewery building that's about 250 years old, and it displays and sells plant-dyed coasters, tenugui towels, handkerchiefs, and more, as well as taking orders for custom noren curtains and tapestries.
  • Tatami-Beri Factory Shop FLAT (Kojima Main Store)
    Shopping
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Kojimakarakoto 2-2-53
    A 20-minute drive from the Kojima Interchange on the Seto Chuo Expressway. This shop is operated by the Takata Orimono textile company, who are responsible for manufacturing over 35% of Japan's Tatami-beri, the colorful fabric that lines tatami mats, and here you'll find both Tatami-beri and other related merchandise. They offer more than 1000 styles of Tatami-beri as well as original goods made from their cute and modern Tatami-beri fabrics including coin purses, pouches, and coasters. Their shark-shaped Tatami-Beri-Shark makes for a perfect smartphone case. You can also place orders for special hand-made designs and tours are available with prior reservation.
  • Ohara Museum of Art Museum Shop
    Shopping
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Chuo 1-1-15 Ohara Art Museum
    A 15-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station. A shop located within Ohara Museum of Art, Japan's first western modern art museum, situated on the corner of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. They sell art books and merchandise such as stationary decorated with motifs of the art in the museum's collection. In particular they offer a wide selection of postcards decorated with the works of artists including El Greco, Monet, Gauguin, and Picasso. Also popular is the Original Book Tin Cookies which come in a tin shaped like a book and decorated with a print of a classic novel. You can enter the shop without entering the museum.
  • Gallery Jurou
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Honmachi 3-9-1
    A 10-minute walk from JR Kurashiki Station. This folk arts shop and rental gallery, located in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, operate out of renovated former rice storehouse from the Edo Period. Under the giant beams in the shop you'll find a variety of works including hand-made ceramics, glass work, woven rush, and dyed pieces. Their assorted five-color Rush Coasters, made from domestic natural rush with cutely designed Japanese patterned silk edging, are a popular product. The rental gallery has a large room on the first floor and a smaller room on the second floor. In the attached annex building you'll get a special feeling as you take of your shoes and ascend into the building. Tours are available as requested.
  • Agribizen
    Shopping
    Okayama Bizen Inbe 1312-8
    A 10-minute walk from JR Imbe Station. This agricultural direct sales shop is on the right side of the street, some 300-meters south of Imbe-Higashi Intersection on National Route 2. Alongside local vegetables fresh picked that morning you'll find other goods including seasonal fruits, agricultural processed goods, and lively fresh seafood. Especially recommended are some of the processed foods made with the local Bizen City specialty figs including yokan jellies and jams. These have a sweet gently flavor and come loaded with the care of the local producers. They also offer handmade miso, rice, liquors, flowers, grilled conger eel and other foods alongside bento lunches, breads, and mochi rice cake.
  • Gallery Shozan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Bizen Kagatomoto 599
    A five-minute walk from JR Kagato Station. Here in Bizen's largest gallery you'll find a diverse array of Bizen-ware pottery from well-known artists on display and available for purchase. Come enjoy the simple warmth of Bizen-ware pottery to the fullest extent as you look, touch, and create the splendor. In addition to Bizen-ware pottery that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as sake sets and tableware, they also sell gift sets which include local liquor and foodstuffs. They offer pottery classes (reservation required) where you can make your own original pieces of art. After your piece has dried it will be fired in an ascending kiln and then posted to you after it is finished.

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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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