Sightseeing Spot Spots in Okayama Area

  • Fuji Wisteria Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Wakegunwakechou Fujino 1386-2
    This park is located along Prefectural Route 46 in the Fujino area of Wake Town, Wake County. It has wisteria trellises with a total length of 500 meters, and is known as a popular place to see wisteria with the largest variety in Japan. You can see approximately 100 kinds of different colors and shapes. From late April to early May when the flowers are at their best, they are lit up for the Fuji Matsuri.
  • Konyagawa Bikan Historical Quarter
    Travel / Tourism
    Shirojicho, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
    This district is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station on the JR Hakubi Line. Beautiful cherry blossoms and willow trees continue along the banks of the Konya River, which once was the outer moat of Bicchu Matsuyama Castle, and it has been selected as one of the 100 Best Roads in Japan. The trees are illuminated at night during the cherry blossom viewing season, and it is visited by many tourists. The historically rich cityscape extends to the oldest church in the prefecture, Takahashi Christian Church, and Raikyuji Temple Garden, which was built by Enshu Kobori, lord of the Bicchu domain.
  • Asahi River
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku
    This river is a famous destination for cherry blossom viewing in spring, and over 200 Yoshino cherries grow along a 1.3 kilometer stretch of the river. The cherry trees extend east from JR Okayama Station. Adjacent to Okayama Korakuen, visitors can see Okayama Castle across the river. The Okayama Sakura Carnival is held here from late March to early April each year. During the festival, stalls and playland facilities line the river, attracting large numbers of visitors. From nightall until 9 p.m., paper lanterns light up the area, creating a magical atmosphere.
  • Keiyu no Mizube, Yuka
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimayuga
    Keiyu no Mizube Yuka is a waterway in Yuka, Kojima in the city of Kurashiki. The 0.7 kilometer channel is bordered with stone walls in order to protect fireflies, whose numbers are decreasing due to environmental degradation. From late May to June, visitors can observe Genjibotaru fireflies up close.
  • Kasaoka Bay Reclaimed Land Rape Blossom and Sunflower Fields
    Travel / Tourism
    245-5 Kabuto Minami-cho, Kasaoka-shi, Okayama-ken
    These flower fields are located in the Kabuto Nishimachi area of Kasaoka City. You can see the approximately 10 million rape blossoms that bloom from mid-March to early April, poppies that blooms around May, sunflowers that blooms around August, and approximately 30 million cosmos that blooms from September to late October. Events are also held at the adjacent Roadside Station Kasaoka Bay Farm along National Route 2 when the flowers are at their best.
  • Gaisen Sakura Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Maniwagunshinjouson
    This street lined with cherry trees is located in Shinjo Village, Maniwa County. Planted in commemoration of the victory in the Russo-Japanese War, it is comprised of a tunnel of 137 Yoshino cherry trees that line the street. When they are in bloom, events such as illuminations and the Gaisen Sakura Festival are held.
  • Shiogama no Reisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama prefecture Maniwa shimotsuta
    This water springs from the valley of Mt. Nakahiruzen from among the three peaks of Hiruzen (Mt. Kamihiruzen, Mt. Nakahiruzen, Mt. Shimohiruzen) in Hiruzen Shimofukuda, Maniwa City. The cool 11 degree Celsius water that flows year-round formed a gourd-shaped pond that is 12 meters east to west, and it is used as water for daily living. It is also one of the 100 Best Waters of Japan.
  • Daigo Zakura
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Bessho
    This cherry tree is located in Ochiai Tarumi, Maniwa City. The large 18-meter azuma-higan cherry tree, a type of higan-zakura (solstice cherry), is said to be over 700 years old, and its name comes from the legend that Emperor Go-Daigo praised it when he arrived in Oki. It was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 famous trees and is a prefectural Natural Monument, bringing many cherry blossom viewers in the spring.
  • Sakazu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Sakadu 1556
    This park is located in Sakazu, Kurashiki City. It has a multipurpose field, outdoor pool, plaza and large playground equipment. There are water distribution ponds, water gates and irrigation canals under the theme of water and cherry blossoms, and it is popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring when the approximately 500 trees bloom.
  • Osaka Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Osaka
    This is an irrigation-use earth fill dam in Kasaoka City, Okayama prefecture, built to serve irrigation needs for the surrounding 470 hectares of rice paddy fields. The local farmers have long used waterwheel run mills to polish their grain, and the history of this water wheel community goes back to the early Showa period. Today, the area is filled with about 600 Yoshino and double-blossom cherry trees that bloom in spring, offering a lovely walk along the waterways with the water shining pale pink under them. There are also many natural fishing ponds dotting the spaces between the mountains, like Kosaka pond.
  • Miyasumi Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kume-gun Misakicho Nishi-gawakami 400-11
    This park is a 30-minute taxi ride from JR. Fukuwatari station. Located on a hill 270 meters above sea level, it offers a view of lake Asahikawa, and is also a famous cherry blossom spot. There are around 5,000 cherry trees in the park, and another 3,000 along the dam, and the sight of them all in bloom is incredible. From mid to late April, the roughly 10,000 azaleas also bloom, bringing huge crowds every year. This is also a great wild bird watching spot year-round. The park also hold Minwa no Mura, where you can try wood crafting or pottery activities, make paper, and listen to folk tales.
  • Takigawa Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Katsuta-gun Shoocho
    The Takikawa River flows near JR Katsumada Station, and is a popular spot to see fireflies. The river flows from the border between Okayama and Tottori prefectures, south through the towns of Nagi and Sho-o, and the clean water offers a habitat for many living things. That includes various firefly (hotaru in Japanese) species like Genji-botaru, Heike-botaru, Hosobeni-botaru, and others, which are collectively known as Takikawa Hotaru. There are many spots along the river to watch the fireflies dance, earning this a spot among Okayama prefecture's Top 100 Natural Sightseeing Spots.
  • Maniwa City Hokubo District Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Maniwa-shi Shimoazae
    The Bitchu river flows through the Hokubo area in the south of Maniwa City, and the town seems to wind around the river, which is a habitat for fireflies like genji-botaru, heike-botaru, and hime-botaru. The Ministry of the Environment has named this, Japan's foremost firefly town, one of the Top 100 Village of Natural life in Japan. There is a Maniwa City Firefly Watching Map as well, telling visitors the best places and times to enjoy firefly watching. In season, there are firefly watching bus tours and lodging plans for people looking to enjoy the dance of the glowing insects.
  • Kagaminoma-cho Town Area Genji Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tomata-gun Kagaminocho Go Chiku-ku
    A 15-minute drive from the Innosho Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. This 10-kilometers stretch of the Gougawa River aqueduct, a branch of the Yoshii River, is the native habitat of the Genji firefly. They normally start appearing mid-May and reach their peak from early to mid-June. The Kagamino township acts to protect this habitat with activities including cleaning up the river and this countryside Genji firefly habitat has been designated as a Natural Memorial of the Prefecture. In the Takigimoribara district you'll find the Firefly Hall, a facility dedicated to promoting activities to protect and propagate the firefly population and they have photographs and panels on display as well as a larva breeding room and training facilities.
  • Yunogo Onsen Otani River Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Yunogo (Oyagawa)
    A five-minute walk from the Yunogo-Onsen-Shimo bus stop or a 10-minute drive from the Mimasaka Interchange. You can come watch the fireflies here along the Otani River which flows through the western side of the Yunogo Hot Spring Town. The fireflies can be seen from early to late June. Being located close to the hot spring town a lot of tourists visit Otani Riverside Park after bathing and stroll along the paths, lanterns in hand, gazing at the fireflies. The hotels run special firefly viewing busses that will lead guests out to unique locations to see the fireflies including to a suspension bridge and into the mountains. The town also holds the Yunogo Onsen Firefly Festival.
  • Kawai River Area Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Kita 243
    A 10-minute drive from the Mimasaka Interchange. Come watch fireflies here in the upstream of the Kawai River near the Kawai Community House. The fireflies can be seen from early to mid-June. There are two types of fireflies, Genji fireflies and Heike fireflies, and as the prefecture's prominent habitat for Genji fireflies the location has been designated as a Natural Monument of the City. You're most likely to see the most fireflies from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. On a Saturday in early June they hold the annual Kawai Firefly Festival filled with night stalls and a stage that plays host to local performs and demonstrations.
  • Sogenji Temple
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku Maruyama 1069

    ふっと落ち着きたい時ってないですか? そういう時、いつ行っても門を入った処から、綺麗にお掃除も行き届き、ゆっくり散策しながら歩いているとホッとして癒され落ち着きます。 不思議と外人の方が、お掃除したり、手入れをされています。 現在は日本人の修行者はいないのでしょうか? やはり外国の人の真剣さが、それだけで伝わって来るようです。 ここは、友人とかでなくて一人での散策がお勧めです。 夏も涼しくて天然の...

  • Bodaiji Temple O Icho
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Katsuta-gun Nagicho Koen 1532

    菩提寺の大イチョウ。 巨大で写真に収まらない。 巨大なだけでなく、四方八方に伸びた大枝や垂れ下がった気根、この時期なのに葉がまだ緑色で、900歳とは思えない若々しさ。 樹齢900年、幹周り13m、樹高40m。 法然聖人がここで修行中に植えたと伝えられています。 菩提寺の近くにある大イチョウたちのDNAが同じであることが分かったそうで、彼が子孫を増やしているのかもしれません。

  • Setouchi Tourist Center Setouchi Kirari
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    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Setouchi-shi Ushimadocho Ushimado 3031-2

    日本のエーゲ海、牛窓は合併で瀬戸内市にある。牛窓と前島を結ぶフェリー乗り場の前にある観光案内所が瀬戸内きらり館、観光案内だけでなく土産物販売にも力を入れていて便利。古い町並みのしおまち唐琴通りには土産物店が少ないので、ここは便利。レンタサイクルがあるので古い町並み散歩にはお薦め。

  • Nagisanrokunonkai
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    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Katsutagunnagichou Kouen 591-1

    黒豆のソフトクリームがありました。とてもすっきりして美味しかったです。休日の昼時にはたくさんのお客さんでにぎわっていました。

Okayama Areas

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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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