Nature Spots in Okayama Area

  • Mt. Washu
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    Kurashiki-shi, Okayama-ken
    A 133 meter tall mountain located in Setonaikai National Park, known as Japan's first national park. The mountain came to be called “Washu” (“eagle wing”) because it resembles an eagle's outstretched wings. From high up on the mountain, visitors can get a sweeping view of the calm Seto Inland Sea and the 50-some islands of various sizes which dot its waters, as well as the Seto-ohashi Bridge. The view from here at night is particularly beautiful and has also been selected as one of Japan's 100 best sunsets.
  • Hiruzen Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama prefecture Maniwa shi mountain
    A plateau 500 to 600 meters above sea level located in north Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture known as one of the top resort destinations in western Japan. Located in Daisen-Oki National Park, the plateau offers a superb view of the three peaks of Hiruzen. Cute Jersey cows graze on pastureland on the plateau, and visitors can watch them basking in the sun. The plateau is full of tourism destinations, including leisure facilities offering horseback riding, cycling, and barbecuing, as well as an amusement park and a hot spring bath facility.
  • Cave Ikura
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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.

    鍾乳洞で知られる井倉洞周辺の峡谷だ。彫刻刀で真っ直ぐに削り取られたような石灰岩の絶壁は約240メートルの高さがあるという。流れ落ちる滝をアクセントに絶壁に木々が植わっている景色は渓谷美という言葉がぴったりだ。グリーンシーズンは石灰岩に緑が鮮やかだが、もみじの季節も見応えがあるという。

  • Kanba Falls
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Kamba
    This waterfall is located in Kanba, Maniwa City. Known for its beautiful landscape that weaves a 20-meter wide waterfall that falls wildly from a height of 110 meters with the nature of changing autumn leaves and a snowy landscape, it has been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls and is a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty.
  • Okutsu Valley
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    Okayama Tomata-gun Kagaminocho Okutsukawanishi
    A 25-minute drive from the Innosho Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. A three-kilometer-long valley situated along the Yoshii River, it was designated a Place of Scenic Beauty by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 1932. The valley is one Okayama's top destinations for viewing kobus magnolias and rhododendrons, fresh verdure in summer, and fall foliage in autumn. Rich in seasonal natural variation, the valley is also a popular place to enjoy walking amidst beautiful scenery. Particularly popular with tourists is Okutsu-kei Hakkei (Top Eight Scenes of Okutsu Valley) - the Tengu no Kigan rock, the cliffs of Onnnaiwaya Cave, the Kotobuchi pool, the Usubuchi potholes, Ayugaeshi falls (waterfall where sweet fishes turn their backs), Kasagataki falls, Taishi rock of Hannyaji Temple, and the Ishiwari-zakura (stone-breaking cherry blossom).
  • Iwai Falls
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    Okayama Pref. Tomatagunkagaminochou Kamisaibara
    A waterfall some 10 meters high and six meters wide located on Mt. Mikuni in Kagamino Town, Tomata County, Okayama Prefecture. Although not particularly large, the scenery created by the falls and the surrounding forest is beautiful, and the falls are a popular tourism destination. The bedrock which the falls run over sticks out from the ground underneath, and visitors can also walk behind the falls. As you can watch the falls’s waters from behind, the waterfall is also known as “Urami no Taki,” or “the Reverse-looking Falls.” The waters of a spring welling up from the ground about 100 meters downstream from the falls are famous for supposedly providing luck with bearing children. Each year on July 10, the Iwai Falls Festival is held in the area.
  • Maki-do Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Toyonagakouma 2276-2
    A limestone cave on a karst plateau in Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture designated a Natural Monument by Okayama Prefecture. Said to have been found by a hunter in the Edo period, the cave’s name, meaning “full of mysteries,” is derived from a poem written by married poets Tekkan and Akiko Yosano in 1929. The cave is around 450 meters long in total and 25 meters wide at its widest point, and its graceful spaces are filled with sights to see, including one of Japan’s best examples of a rimstone terrace formation; an underground lake named the “Palace of Dreams;” and countless soda straws, stalactites, and stalagmites.
  • Mikigahara
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    Okayama prefecture Maniwa shi mountain
    Mikigahara is a scenic spot in the Hiruzen Highlands that offers marvelous views of Mt. Hiruzen and Mt. Daisen. It is famous as the area in Japan that has the largest number of Jersey cows. From spring through into autumn, the Jersey cows are allowed to graze freely on the hills, enabling visitors to enjoy a peaceful, bucolic landscape. There are several leisure facilities in the area, including a Jersey cow petting zoo, the Hiruzen crane gardens, barbecue sites, etc., and Mikigahara attracts large numbers of tourist visitors throughout the year.
  • Koigakubo Marsh
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    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Tesseichouyada
    This marsh is located in the Yada area of Tessei-cho, Niimi City. Spread over approximately 3.6 hectares, around 380 varieties of plants grow there naturally including rare species such as ogura-senno (a plant of the family Caryophyllaceae) and bicchu-furo (geranium yoshinoi), and it has been designated a national natural monument as the Koigakubo Marsh Plant Community. There is a promenade in the whole area where you can walk through nature.
  • Sami Beach
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Tamashimakurosaki
    This coast is located in the Tamashima Kurosaki area of Kurashiki City. Made up of western and eastern beach area, it was where the first shore reclamation work in Japan took place over six years from 1983. Sami Beach was set up, and the beautiful sandy beach that has been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 beaches is visited by many beachgoers.
  • Kashirajima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Hinasechouhinase Head island
    This island located in the Seto Inland Sea is the most populated in the Hinase Archipelago. Only about four kilometers around, it has facilities such as a swimming beach, ground golf course and observation area, and is a place where you can enjoy fishing and mikan orange picking.
  • Tenjin Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Ibara-shi Yoshiicho
    This Okayama Prefectural Nature Park is upstream on the Takahashi River. Spread out over one kilometer of the Oda river valley, the beautiful scenery is made up of old growth maple, fir, and evergreen oak trees. There are maintained walking trails so you can stroll through the scenic woods, as well. There are many old trees that offer brilliant foliage in fall, so this is a particularly popular spot in that season. Part of the river is quite shallow for river fun, and many people come in summer to observe wild birds and river wildlife.
  • Bicchukanachiana
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    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Kamimizuta 8854-1

    The caves arent too expensive at 700yen for entry, but be warned as the hill going down into the caves is pretty steep - and then you have to walk all the way back up it at the end - so not too...

  • Mt.Ojigadake
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tamano-shi Shibukawa 4
  • Ikura Valley
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    Okayama Niimi-shi Kusama Shimoyukawa
  • Hayamakei
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachouhayama
  • Mt.Kanayama
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama
  • Hinode Kaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tamano-shi Chikko 4-chome
  • Kurashiki Kurashiki Kawaguro
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Honmachi , Higashimachi
  • Lake Fukurin
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Fukue

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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