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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kasaokashi Yokoshima 1946-2
    Kasaoka Horseshoe Crab Museum is located in Yokoshima in the city of Kasaoka. It contains a large aquarium where visitors can observe adult horseshoe crabs. The museum also contains exhibits about raising juvenile horseshoe crabs and an exhibit of dinosaur skeletons. Adjacent to the museum are Dinosaur Park, which contains models of dinosaurs, and athletic field, and a nature observation park with a horseshoe crab breeding ground.

    Kabutogani Museum is located right next to the dinosaur park, and is a great spot to visit if you have an hour or so to kill. You will receive a map and a stamp page to collect stamps as you make...

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    4.0
    55 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...

  • Okayama Prefectural Ancient Kibi Cultural Properties Center
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Nishihanajiri 1325-3
    "This museum is located approximately a 20-minute drive from the west exit of JR Okayama Station. It is situated on the southern side of Mt. Kibi-nonakayama, one of the famous mountains appeared in ""The Pillow Book"". As a base for the protection and preservation of buried cultural properties of the prefecture, about 400 excavated items such as Jomon pottery and Yayoi pottery are displayed regularly. It regularly carries out temporary exhibitions, and you can learn more about the history of the local area from the exhibits and panel explanations."

    墳丘の長さが350メートルと全国4位の規模をもつ前方後円墳。立ち入りが自由な古墳としては日本最大前方後円墳の巨大さを目と足で実感。

  • Bengarakan
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    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya
    "A 40-minute drive from the Niimi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. A museum operating out of a renovated Meiji period ferric oxide (known by the Dutch-derived term ""bengara"" in Japanese) factory in Fukiya Furusato Village. Fukiya Furusato Village was designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1977 and it was ferric oxide production which created the village's foundation. The museum presents how the factory made ferric oxide, which was developed as a red pigment. The elegant museum building's walls are painted with ferric oxide paint; inside visitors can get a taste of the village's heyday when ferric oxide production was at its height and experience the quiet passage of time through the surrounding old townscape."
  • Okayama Astronomical Museum
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    Okayama Pref. Asakuchishi Kamogatachouhonjo 3037-5
    A 20-minute taxi ride from Kamogata Station on the JR San'yo Main Line. A municipal museum located in Kamogata-cho, Asakuchi City which was recently remodeled in 2018. Here visitors can learn about astronomy through a planetarium where you can experience the seasonally changing night sky, fair weather solar observation, and exhibits on astronomical phenomena and the universe. In the digital space theater, you can experience outer space in four dimensions via exciting 3D imagery. The museum also holds classes on astronomy and events in which participants can experience the scientific wonders found all around in everyday life.
  • Japan Museum of Contemporary Toy & Hall of Music Box
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Mimasakashi Yunogou 319-2
    A three-minute walk from the Yunogo Onsen-shimo bus stop on the Uno Bus leaving from Okayama Station. This toy and music box museum celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010. The museum displays around 600 traditional toys such as European building blocks, as well as 30 music boxes and mechanical dolls made more than a century ago. Toy classes are held in the museum's studio space, and visitors can experience the fun of creating as well as the fun of playing with toys. The history and workings of music boxes are presented in the music box concert hall.

    In this nice quiet onsen town we didnt expect to find such an interesting place. This place isnt just for kids as Im sure mums and dads will love it just as much. At the time of writing this...

  • Bizen Osafune Swords Museum
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    Okayama Setouchi-shi Osafunecho
  • Fukiya Furusato Mura Local Hall
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Nariwacho Fukiya 699
  • Maniwa Hiruzen Historical museum
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    Okayama Maniwa-shi
  • Soja Machikado Local Hall
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Okayama Soja-shi Soja 2-17-33

    東総社駅から周辺を散策にて立ち寄りました。総社宮の近くにあり無料です。 館内にいる人に簡単な展示について説明がありました。一階には周辺の昔の写真などが展示されてました。二階には薬売などの地域産業に関する展示があり、総社について知ることができました○

Okayama Main 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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