Other Sightseeing Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1692 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.

    A very picturesque location for very nice picture. The Okayama castle is just located beside the garden and provides for a good backdrop. A peaceful stroll around the garden. A well maintained garden...

  • Omizu-en Garden
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
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    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

  • Hiruzen-Kogen Heights Cycling Route
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    4.5
    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
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    3.5
    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
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    3.5
    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.

    たまたま行った日が、高校生のイベントをしている日だったのでいつも以上にいろいろとデコられていてかわいらしかったです。

  • 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.
  • Mt. Washu Observatory (Kurashiki City Mt. Washu Visitors Center)
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    5.0
    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!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kaigarayamazonochi
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Minami-ku Miyaura
  • Shurakuen
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    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.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kasaoka Fureai Airport
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Okayama Kasaoka-shi Kabutonishimachi 91

    空港といっても実機があるのではなく表題のイベントとかラジコン飛行機等の競技で有名な場所ですが、現地にたどり着くまで農道を経由するのでイベント時は大渋滞で2号線から現地到達までは相当に時間がかかります。また雨後の足元はぬかるみ長靴が必要な程ですが、広い駐車場が周辺に用意されているので車移動となります。途中の道の駅での海産物も有名でひまわりやレンゲ祭りといったファーム中心の観光スポットでご家族、アベッ...

  • Tomata Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tomata-gun Kagaminocho Kutashimonohara
  • Bikanchikuyakankeikanshomei
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Honmachi - Higashi
  • Akaiwa RyuTakashi Observatory Park
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Akaiwashi Nakaseijitsu 2978-3

    吉井竜天オートキャンプ場がすぐ隣に有り、キャンプをした時に、こちらのお風呂を利用しました。 100円で使えて、とても助かりました。 公園内にも小規模なキャンプ場が有り、公園も有ります。

  • Maejimaosakajochikujozansekigunnotembodai
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    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado

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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