Travel / Tourism Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1742 Reviews
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    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.

    Korakuen Garden is renowned as one of Japans top three landscape gardens. It truly is a sight to behold, offering tranquility as you stroll through its beauty. From the garden, youll enjoy...

  • Okayama Castle, Castle Tower
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    1187 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1
    Okayama Castle was constructed over a period of eight years by Ukita Hideie, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, and was completed in 1597. It is also called “Crow Castle” for its external appearance, as the castle tower walls have black lacquered siding which was a characteristic of this era. The three-tiered, six-storied watchtower-style castle tower is a pentagon of unequal sides and is said to imitate the castle tower of Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. The castle tower, which was a National Treasure, was lost due to wartime fires but was rebuilt in 1966.

    This castle is easily accessed via a bridge from the South Gate of Korakuen garden, so it is convenient to combine the two. The castle is not the original one, having been rebuilt in the sixties...

  • Ohara Museum of Art
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    4.5
    727 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.

    Excellent collections of the most famous European artists! Couldnt believe we were looking at the originals. Representative pieces!

  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    383 Reviews
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    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.

    A hidden gem located in the middle of nowhere but definitely worth the visit. The shrine sits atop a hill that offers a great scenery. The temple complex includes a long corridor. The shrine can be...

  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
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    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.

    When I went there in the morning, the weather is cold. It has nice scene to capture photos. We can also check small pond in front of this temple. If you are interested, you can insert 100 coin at the...

  • Achi-jinja Shrine
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    224 Reviews
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    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.

    On our walking tour to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, we passby this shrine. Its a nice Shinto shrine located at the side corner of the street and the main building is on top of the hill which...

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    127 Reviews
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    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.

    i dont remember how we came to visit this temple, rebuilt in 1600. its not in my notes. it was raining on our second day in okayama, so we hired a cab and off we went. we were staying at the...

  • Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Chuou - Hon, Higashi-Achi
    The Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki City is an area established based on landscape ordinance. Strictly speaking, it was selected as one of Japan’s “Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings”, “a preservation district for the group of traditional building in Kurashiki Riverbank in Kurashiki City” and the “Traditional Aesthetic Preservation District” which was established by ordinance of Kurashiki City. The “Kurashiki Riverbank” with its rows of willows which line Kurashiki River and the white earthen-walled warehouses are representative of the Bikan district. There are also cultural facilities and sightseeing spots standing side by side including Ohara Museum of Art.
  • Special Historic Site Former Shizutani School
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
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    Okayama Bizen Shizutani 784
    Former Shizutani School is a Historic Structure designated as a Special Historic Site. It was built in 1670 by the local feudal lord, Ikeda Mitsumasa, and it is the oldest remaining public school building in the world. In addition to the lecture hall, which has been designated a National Treasure, and in 2015, Japan Heritage designed it as No. 1 in the category Group of Remnants of Early Modern Japan’s Educational Heritage.

    The school is located in Bizen City which is in the eastern part of Okayama Prefecture. During the Edo era the Ikeda Family was the feudal lord of Bizen. Shizutani Gakkou was established in 1670 in...

  • Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
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    4.5
    43 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...

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    65 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...

  • Kurabo Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    116 Reviews
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Honmachi 7-1
    The museum is a corporate museum that tells the history of KURABO (Kurashiki Spinning Co., Ltd.), which was founded in 1888 as Kurashiki Spinning Works, and introduces the history of the company's challenges from its founding to the present day. The stately memorial hall is recognized as a registered tangible cultural property, a Heritage of Industrial Modernization, and a Heritage of Japan.

    This museum gives some historical background on Kurashikis textile industry. Only some of the labels are in English so I had to use Google Translate a bit, nonetheless I found it informative. The...

  • The Ohashis’ House
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
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    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...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    64 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...

  • Roadside Station Kasaoka Bay Farm
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    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.

    ひまわりカフェでソフトクリームをいただきました。 JAF の優待で50円引きの300円でした。 一番人気のぶどうとミルクのミックスを注文しました。 ミルクが練乳のように濃くって甘かったです。ソフトクリームはちょっとシャリシャリ系でした。

  • Cave Ikura
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Ikura 409
    A limestone cave 1,200 meters long and with a total elevation difference of 90 meters located in scenic Ikura Gorge in Ikura, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture. The entrance to the cave is on a 240 meter tall limestone precipice. The cave was formed by rainwater erosion and features such as a 50 meter tall waterfall and icicle-like stalactites give the cavernous spaces within it a mystical quality. Visitors can view some 30 rare and unusually shaped stones and rock formations that are both strange and beautiful, such as the “Silver Screen,” “Water Clothing,” and “Jellyfish Stone.” Arisa no Miya, a shrine dedicated to a woman who suffered unrequited love and who is now revered as a goddess granting worshipers luck in love and marriage, stands at the cave’s exit.

    This is a really fun outing for families. Keep in mind that it requires walking on slippery surfaces, and you have to watch your head if you are tall. They gave us an English flyer, and we enjoyed...

  • Takamatsu Castle Park Museum
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Takamatsu 558-2
    Takamatsu Castle Ruins are located in Takamatsu, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. When Toyotomi Hideyoshi attacked the Chugoku region on the orders of Oda Nobunaga in 1582, he attacked this castle and conquered it when a member of his staff, Kuroda Kanbei, suggested flooding it. Nowadays, the area around the ruins of the castle is set aside as a historic park. A museum in the park exhibits materials related to the former castle.

    備中高松駅から徒歩10分程度、城跡は公園や住宅等になっており宗治蓮の池以外は往時を偲ばせるものはない。園内には清水宗治首塚や水責めの様子がパネルや模型で展示されている資料館がある。

  • Roadside Station Hiruzen Kogen
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    3.0
    22 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzentomiyamane 694-129
    This roadside station is located along National Route 422 in the Hiruzen Tomiyamane area of Maniwa City. Besides a rest area and information corner, the restaurant inside the hotel “Hiruzen Hills” on the premises serves a lunch menu using Hiruzen ingredients such as Hiruzen Jersey beef curry. In addition, you can use the hotel’s public bath without being a guest. You can also rent a bicycle.

    駐車場が分散されていて停めにくかったです 売店の棚も、売り手中心の配置で 買い手が回遊するような配置になっておらず、行き止まりばかり また、光量不足で全体の雰囲気が暗い

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    63 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.

    Im ashamed to admit that I didnt know Yumeji Takehisa before I visited Okayama. I came across the museum by chance and are very glad that I did. Although rather small, it houses an excellent...

  • Kirin Brewery Okayama Factory
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Higashi-ku Setochoumantomi 678
    "A beer brewery located in front of Mantomi Station in Mantomi, Seto Town, Higashi Ward, Okayama City. As a factory tour, they are offering ""Factory-Only Special Experience, KIRIN ICHIBAN Brewery Feel-the-Taste Tour"". This is a tour that beer-loving adults can enjoy by experiencing the taste of KIRIN ICHIBAN Brewery Draft Beer and its unique specialty. You can also try ""KIRIN ICHIBAN Brewery Draft Beer"" directly from the factory."

    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...

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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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