Other Sightseeing Spot Spots in Okayama Area

  • 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.
  • Keiyu no Mizube, Yuka
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Setouchi Tourist Center Setouchi Kirari
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Setouchi-shi Ushimadocho Ushimado 3031-2


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


  • Konoshima Hachijuhachi ka Tokoromeguri
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Prefecture Kasaoka
  • Manabeshima
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kasaoka-shi
  • Ono Kawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Kaai Kawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Kita 243
  • Satonogenjibotaruhasseichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Tomatagunkagaminochou Takigimoribara
  • setouchi kashikiri mujintou Kujira Jima
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Chikkou 5-4-1
  • Saliva Jiseichi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Asakuchishi Yorishimachou Nearby island reclaimed land in
  • Kibiji Fudoki no Oka
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Soja-shi
  • Tennoyahata Shrine kimu Botaru Hasseichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Tettachoukounoie
  • Bitchu Kawa no Luciola cruciata
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Maniwa-shi Azae Kamimizuta Miyaji
  • Wakasugi Natural Rin
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Aida-gun Nishiawakurason Ogaya 1094

Okayama Areas


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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