Other Sightseeing Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
    1709 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.

    Well cared for gardens with all the expected Japanese highlights. Tons of Koi fish and great historical features, such as the rice patties. Took us about 1 hour to walk the garden on a nice and sunny...

  • Omizu-en Garden
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku Ashimori 803
    This feudal lord garden was built on an estate belonging to the Kinoshita clan, which once ruled the area when it was known as Ashimori Domain. The garden is situated along the Ashimori River north on National Route 429 traveling from JR Ashimori Station. The garden is believed to have been created in the early 18th century. An excellent example of a Kobori Ensyu-style excursion garden built around a central pond, the garden has been designated a Place of Scenic Beauty by the prefecture. 5,500 square meters in size, two islands (Tsurushima and Kameshima) float in the pond, which is itself surrounded by maples and cherry trees. Each year around November the maples turn crimson, creating magnificent scenery. The area is also a great place for those interested in strolling amidst historical sites; the childhood home of Kinoshita Rigen and a samurai residence can be found nearby.

    A nice little park but not really memorable, ok to sit and have your lunch or just a break from the city life but wouldnt make special trip

  • Mt. Washu Observatory (Kurashiki City Mt. Washu Visitors Center)
    2 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Shimotsuitanoura 1-2
    You’ll find this observation platform on Mt. Washu, one of the signature sights of Setonaikai National Park in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture. It offers a sweeping view of Seto-ohashi Bridge that links Honshu and Shikoku, as well as the Seto Inland Sea and the many islands dotting the waters. The view at sunset is particularly stunning, and it has been chosen as one of Japan’s 100 Best Sunset Views. You can enjoy the scenery from the first observation platform at the Mt. Washu Visitors Center, the second observation platform at the Mt. Washu “Rest House,” or the summit 133 meters above sea level.

    鷲羽山の駐車場に車を停め、まずは駐車場の上の方にあった展望台へと向かいました。 さらに山頂へと登っていくと、こちらのビジターセンターがありました。 展示物はよく覚えていません。テラスからの瀬戸内海と瀬戸大橋の絶景が、あまりに素晴らし過ぎるだったからです。 鷲羽山へ来たら、ぜひ山頂まで足を運んでください、そして、ビジターセンターにも立ち寄ってみましょう!

  • Mt. Washu Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Shimotsuitanoura
    Located a ten-minute drive from the Kojima Interchange on the Seto Chuo Expressway. This observation platform is located near the summit of Mt. Washuzan, a National Place of Scenic Beauty and one of the well-known locations within the Setonaikai National Park. It's located two placese nearby both the Mt. Washuzan Rest House and the Mt. Washuzan Visitor's Center. From this popular viewing spot, sitting 133 meters above sea level, you can look out over the large and small islands in the Seto Inland Sea, the grand Seto Ohashi Bridge, and even as far as the opposite shore of Shikoku. The evening views are especially beautiful leading to this location being chosen as one of the Japan Sunset Best 100.
  • Kojima Jeans Street
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimajino
    This specialty street is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Kojima Station on the JR Seto-Ohashi Line. The birthplace of jeans production in Japan, there are many Kojima jeans makers centered on the Ajino Shopping Street with its retro atmosphere, and it is appealing for the many unique jean products. In addition, in the 400 meters from in front of the former Nozaki family residence to Ajino No. 2 Park, the asphalt is paved in blue, and the charm of jeans is scattered everywhere around the place called the holy place of jeans.
  • Hiruzen-Kogen Heights Cycling Route
    12 Reviews
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    Okayama Maniwa-shi Hiruzen
    This biking and walking trail is in the Hiruzen area of Maniwa City. With a total length of 30 kilometers, it seems to wrap around Mt. Hiruzen. The scenery is spectacular, with views of the Hiruzen Three Peaks, Mt. Daisen, and more, for an easy taste of nature. There are bicycle rental offices, and you can even try a tandem bicycle for two limited to the Hiruzen Heights Bicycle Trail. The Roadside Station Hiruzen Kogen also offers children's bicycle rentals, so it's recommended for families.

    I liked the course so much that I did it twice. Landscape changes so its more interesting. You go through hills, pastures, fields and down the river. There are many flowers on the way. Take good...

  • Kumayama English Garden
    15 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Akaiwashi Tonodani 170-1
    A highly unique English garden created on the grounds of a closed elementary school located a 20-minute drive from the Sanyo Interchange on the Sanyo Expressway. The garden was designed by English gardener and researcher Kay Yamada. The old school building is used as a multipurpose hall for parties and events, and as a greenhouse where rare plants are kept. The garden holds ceramics classes, aromatherapy experiences, flower arranging classes, and more. There's also a cafe where you can enjoy a break while taking in a view of the garden's seasonal flowers and plants.

    花がメインです。 イベントもやれるようです。 無料開放してました。 バラの花等が好きな人には良いと思います。

  • Miyama British Garden
    13 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Tai 2-4470 Roadside Station Inside Miyama Park
    This garden is located inside Miyama Park along National Route 30 in Tai, Tamano City. It opened in 2000 as a commemoration project for the 60th anniversary of Tamano becoming a city. Designed by the British garden technician Peter Thurman with the concept of a traditional British garden in the 20th century, it is possible to enjoy the four seasons in the garden with its eight separate gardens each with different themes.


  • Kimendai Lookout Rest Area
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzenshimotokuyama 1109
    This observation deck, at an altitude of 900 meters, is located in the middle of the Hiruzen Daisen Skyline. It is a scenic spot overlooking the magnificent mountains of Mt. Daisen, Mt. Karasugasen, Mt. Zouyama and Mt. Giboshi. At sunrise and sunset during the autumn when the difference in temperature is great, visitors can enjoy the beautiful contrast of the morning sun over the sea of clouds.
  • Bicchu Matsuyama Castle sea of clouds Observatory
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    Okamaya cho, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken
    This observatory is located in the Okumanda-cho area of Takahashi City. Known as a popular place for seeing a sea of clouds, it is also called the Sea of Clouds Observatory. The clouds occur from late September to early April from dawn to 8 a.m. in the morning (depending on conditions such as weather), and you can see the fantastic sight of Bizen Matsuyama Castle floating in the sea of clouds.
  • Kaigarayamazonochi
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Minami-ku Miyaura
  • Shurakuen
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Yamakita 628
    This Japanese garden is located in Yamakita, Tsuyama City. It is a daimyo park in an early modern style of garden that features a path around a pond that was created in the first half of the Edo period (1603–1868) by the Tsuyama Domain’s second feudal lord, Mori Nagatsugu. After the Matsudaira clan became the lords of Tsuyama, it was used as their personal residence and place to receive guests, and was opened to the public from the Meiji period (1868–1912). You can enjoy the harmony of every season from the gardens centered on the pond, the cherry trees and changing autumn leaves. It is a designated National Site of Scenic Beauty.
  • Fukiya Townscape
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    Okayama Takahashi-shi Nariwacho Fukiya 838-2
    This area is about a 40-minute drive from Nimi Interchange off the Chugoku Expressway. This town preserves its historical shape as a prosperous mining town producing red ochre iron oxide pigment during the Edo period. A little ways from the town proper, you can see the elegant Hirokane Residence, used as a filming location for the movie Village of Eight Gravestones, and a facility reproducing a red ochre workshop. From the mountainous area about 500 meters above sea level, the scenery of this red-colored town takes on a mysterious air. The remains of the Edo period townscape and the mine facilities that supported it are of great value to Japan.
  • Daitsuji Temple Garden (Sekiju Garden)
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    Okayama Oda-gun Yakagecho Obayashi 1815
    "This garden is about a five-minute taxi ride from Yakage Station on the Ibara Railway. This is a chisen-kansho ""spring pond appreciation"" garden, and is part of the ancient Soto school Daitsu-ji temple, and is also known as Sekiju-en. It spreads out to the east of the main hall of the temple, which is said to date back to 743. Local Yakage gardeners spent 21 years making it in the late Edo period, and it is now a designated Okayama Place of Scenic Beauty. Using the scenery of Mt. Takamine, and features a number of stones in perfect balance, including a Buddhist Triad stone and a zazenseki (flat meditation stone), surrounded by pond and waterfalls. The scenery is worth viewing through all four seasons."
  • Katsuyama Historical Preservation District
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    Okayama Maniwa-shi Katsuyama
    This city preservation district is about a five-minute walk from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station. The white walls, latticed walls, and
  • Shiomachi Karakoto-dori Street
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    Okayama Setouchi-shi Ushimadocho Ushimado
    "Located about a 15-minute drive from the Oku Interchange on the Okayama Blue Line. Ushimado, which has long prospered as a port town where people would wait for the right wind or tide, has a townscape that retains a retro appearance from the Edo period to the 1950s. Developed along the street running parallel to the Karakoto no Seto Strait it's home to a number of traditional buildings and historical landmarks including Honrenji Temple and the remains of the tea house that welcomed the Korean delegation to Japan during the Edo period, white walled storehouses, streetscape with latticed doors, the Former Bank of China Building, and the site of Torodo Lantern Tower. This is also where the film ""Kanzo Sensei (Dr. Akagi)"" was shot and many of the buildings used in the film and commemorative plaques still remain."
  • Shimotsui Townscape
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi Shimotsui
    Located a six-minute drive from the Kojima Interchange on the Seto Chuo Expressway. This townscape is what remains of Edo-period Shimotsui, a historical port town that looks out at the Seto Inland Sea. Shimotsui thrived from the Edo period to the mid-Meiji period as a port for the trading of cotton and Nishin-kasu (fertilizer made from herring) on the Kitamaebune shipping route, as well as a lodging stop for Sanuki Kompira pilgrims crossing the sea. The road stretches from the shrine path leading to Gion Shine to eastern Tanoura, and is lined with classic herring storehouses and townhomes featuring stucco and Namako walls and classic tile roofs. The area has been designated a Prefectural Townscape Preservation District.
  • Kibiji Cycling Path
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    Okayama Soja-shi
    Nearly 21km of bicycle and pedestrian only road that stretches from the Soja City Sports Center to Okayama City's Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds and have been chosen as one of Japan's 100 Best Roads. Along the route you'll come across sites including the Tsukuriyama (Sakusan as a local name) Ancient Burial Mound, Bicchu Kokubun-ji Temple, the Tsukuriyama (Zosan as a local name) Ancient Burial Mound, and Kibitsu Shrine. Feel the romantic vestige of history and you also enjoy the beautiful changing seasonal scenery. The smooth level road makes this an easy course for even cycling beginners. Rental bikes are available and can be dropped off at three different locations, in front of JR Soja Station, in front of Kokubun-ji Temple, and in front of JR Bizen-Ichinomiya Station.
  • Joto Historical Preservation District
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tsuyama-shi
    A 15-minute drive from the Tsuyama Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. This townscape, located on the eastern side of Tsuyama City which first flourished as a castle town, runs along for nearly 1.2km along the former Izumo Highway and has been chosen as a nationally recognized Group of Traditional Buildings. The area is lined with buildings and houses of tradesmen and craftsmen and the buildings show the traces of those classic days including Namako patterned walls, Sodekabe wing walls, and ultra-fine latticed windows. We recommend stopping by the Joto Old Townhouses, classic houses from the Edo period that are open to the public, and the Tsuyama Archives of Western Learning, Japan's only museum dedicated to western learning.
  • Streets of Furumachi (Ohara-shuku on Old Inaba-kaido Road)
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    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Furumachi
    A three-minute drive from the Ohara Interchange or a five-minute walk from Ohara Station on the Chizu Express. This post town was located along the Inaba Highway that was used for the Sankin-Kotai policy during the Edo period in what is now the northeast area of Mimasaka. Many buildings built from the Edo period to the Taisho period still remain including the former governmental inn and subsidiary inn as well as the Tanaka Brewery. In addition to its designation as a Townscape Preservation Area it's also been chosen as one of the Top 100 Okayama History Journeys and as one of the New Japan's top 100 paths. Various events make use of the houses and shops including the Hina Girls' Day Festival in April and the Summer Festival in August.

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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