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  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    296 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kibitsu 931
    A Shinto shrine primarily dedicated to Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto, a prince who subjugated rebels and brought peace and order to this area as one of the four mighty Shido Shogun. Kibitsu-hiko-no-mikoto is also known as the model for the legend of Momotaro, one of Japan’s most popular folktales. The shrine is one of the largest in the old San’yodo area. The front shrine and main shrine, built in the hiyoku irimoya-zukuri style, are designated National Treasures, and were rebuilt in 1425 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Must-see highlights include the shrine’s roughly 400 meter long covered gallery, and the various flowers which grow on the grounds year round. The shrine is famous for the Narukama Shinji, a ritual in which the whistling of a steaming iron pot is used for fortune telling purposes. The nearest station is Kibitsu Station.

    Large temple complex with many shrines. Everything is well maintained and situated nice upon a hill. Nice place to walk for 1 or 2 hours and pass by all different shrines.

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1478 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    One of the best Japanese gardens. Compared with other great Japanese gardens, this one is very open and spacious, peaceful and has warm feeling. Maybe it is because of clear water coming through from...

  • Okayama Castle, Castle Tower
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    3.5
    986 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1
    Okayama Castle was constructed over a period of eight years by Ukita Hideie, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, and was completed in 1597. It is also called “Crow Castle” for its external appearance, as the castle tower walls have black lacquered siding which was a characteristic of this era. The three-tiered, six-storied watchtower-style castle tower is a pentagon of unequal sides and is said to imitate the castle tower of Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. The castle tower, which was a National Treasure, was lost due to wartime fires but was rebuilt in 1966.

    Many castles in Japan were destroyed during and after world war 2, and were rebuilt as cultural symbols in each area. Some look really great using original material/remains, and others don’t...

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsuinari 712
    A Nichiren Buddhist temple located in Kita Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture officially known as the Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple. Founded around 785 by the great priest Ho’on, despite being a Buddhist temple rather than a Shinto shrine, the Saijo Inari is considered one of Japan’s three largest Inari temples. The temple survived the anti-Buddhist movement of the Meiji period unscathed. Permitted to engage in rituals syncretizing Buddhism and Shintoism, the temple is a rare example of an Inari “shrine” which follows Buddhist traditions. The temple grounds are marked by Shinto torii gates and the main temple building is built in the Shinto jingu style. Since ancient times, the temple has been believed to grant worshipers a variety of benefits, including prosperity in business, better fortunes, and traffic safety.

    Its ok, great area sTo see, But, not very diferent from or compared to the others that i see in Tokyo or kyoto

  • Omocha Okoku
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Taki 1640-1
    A theme park located in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture where the whole family members, from children to adults, can enjoy toys together. The majority of the entire park is comprised of indoor pavilions and outdoor attractions. In the park’s 18 themed pavilions, visitors are free to play with such popular toys as Tomica Plarail trains, Licca-chan dolls, and DiaBlock interlocking building blocks. Outdoors, there are 19 attractions to delight children, including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, and go-carts. The Kodomo Studio, an NHK character-themed pavilion and shop, is also popular.
  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Ichinomiya 1043
    This shrine is located at the foot of Kibi no Nakayama in the Ichinomiya area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. The main shrine building is on the site of the residence of Okibitsuhiko no mikoto, who suppressed Kibi no Kuni, and has him as the principal shrine god. The shrine is also called “Asahi no Miya” (shrine of the morning sun) because the sun rises directly in front of the main torii gate and enters the mirror in the shrine on the summer solstice.
  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Naka-ku Hama 2-1-32
    The museum was opened in 1984, near the Korakuen Garden in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Yumeji Takehisa. Here, in addition to the hanging scrolls drawn by Yumeji, the main building has about 3,000 items including watercolors and oil paintings, letters and books and other materials. In addition to the permanent exhibition where about 100 works can be seen, exhibitions introducing Yumeji’s art from various viewpoints is held several times a year. At the museum cafe, you can have fancy European baked raisin cookies called Garibaldi which were a favorite of Yumeji.

    The Yumeji Art Museum is located right across the bridge from the Korayuen (North Gate / parking lot), around 5 minutes of walking on foot. The museum is dedicated to the Japanese artist Yumeji...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 visited this museum because of the Bizen pottery collection. I enjoyed seeing this, and also the sword collection, as I hadn't been aware that Okayama was also famous for swords. It was a bit...

  • Ajitsukasa Nomura
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Heiwachou 1-10 Nomura Building 1F
    Located a seven-minute walk from JR Okayama Station is a long-established deep-fried pork cutlet restaurant established in 1931. Their speciality is a pork cutlet on a bed of rice covered with a special demi-glace sauce as well as the normal pork cutlet and rice covered with beaten egg. The restaurant has 2/3 child size and 1/2 grandchild size portions and is recommended to those who want to try a variety of flavors. Some of the menu can be ordered as take out.

    Very friendly staff. Cozy setting. English menu. as well as many languages. First figure out your selection, remember the number, put your cash in the ticket machine, hit the number of your...

  • Amatsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 629
    It is a Shinto shrine with some 1,000 years of history famous for enshrining the patron god of the birthplace of Bizen ware. The path approaching the shrine, the shrine’s roof tiles, and even the guardian lion-dogs are all Bizen ware. The walls on the path to the shrine are also lined with tiles contributed by pottery artists. The shrine grounds also contain numerous Bizen ware talismans such as depictions of the Chinese zodiac and the Seven Gods of Fortune. Bizen ware ema (votive tablets) are also sold at the shrine.

    JR伊部駅から徒歩5分ほどで着けます。遠くからも鳥居が見えて、一見普通の神社かな?と思いながら近づくと。鳥居の横にある狛犬は何と!赤褐色の備前焼!凛々しい顔で迎えてくれました。鳥居をくぐって参道の周りを見ると、これまた備前焼の焼き物があちらこちらにいっぱい並んでいます。参道脇や屋根瓦・門の上に、ねずみや牛・猿・鶏などの動物がすべて備前焼になっているのにも驚き!急な階段を上り、本堂の左側に備前焼の恵...

  • Yumeji Art Museum Yumeji Seika and Shonen Sanso
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Okuchouhonjou
    The birthplace and home where the well-known Taisho Roman poet, painter, and artist Yumeji Takehisa lived until the age of 16. A traditional Japanese home with a thatched roof built some 250 years ago, both the interior and the exterior are preserved in the state they were in when Yumeji Takehisa lived here. The Syonen Sansou was designed by Takehisa and served as his Tokyo studio and home; on the artist’s 95th birthday in 1979, the structure was restored with the help of Takehisa’s second son, Fujihiko. Hanging scrolls, folding screens, sketches, and other works by Takehisa are displayed inside.
  • Yebisu Ya Pro
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Nakasange 1-10-30 Fukutake Jolly Building B2F
    Long a favorite entertainment venue in Okayama, this club has a casual and friendly atmosphere that makes patrons feel at home. It frequently sponsors live events with guest DJs, dancers, and other artists, and it is a lively and popular spot any night of the week. It has a large number of coin lockers where patrons can leave their belongings and enjoy dancing or listening to live music unencumbered.
  • Handayama Botanical Garden (Okayama City)
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Houkain 3-1
    This botanical garden is located in the hilly area of Mt. Handa in Okayama City. Characterized by the 3,200 kinds of 150,000 plants (plum trees, cherry trees, Luoyang peonies, azaleas, roses, etc.) planned to bloom throughout the year in the 110,000 square meter garden, it was opened to see plants, for recreation and as a place of rest. Famous particularly as a cherry blossom viewing spot, approximately 800 Yoshino cherry blossoms are in full bloom from late March to early April, and you can enjoy flower viewing together with trees that are over 100 years old. In addition, it is known for the Ipponmatsu Kofun burial mound near the top of the garden that is a valuable cultural property.

    At first, i wasnt sure if this park is worth the trip because there werent alot of english review on tripadvisor, but we decided to take the chance and we glad we did. One of the best cherry blossom...

  • Kaigarayamazonochi
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Minami-ku Miyaura
  • Bizen Gallery and Cafe Rihou
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1530
    This is a Bizenyaki pottery gallery and cafe located along the Sanyo Road in Inbe, Bizen City. The gallery exhibits and sells Bizenyaki works from famous artists to casual everyday items. The cafe offers matcha powdered green tea and coffee with a sweet, light refreshments such as sandwiches and sweets, all served on bizen-yaki dishes.

    JR赤穂線伊部駅から歩いて5分。数多くの備前焼の店が立ち並ぶ道路の一角にあり、散策がてら気軽に立ち寄りたい。店内には備前焼の作品がずらり。有名作家の作品も展示されている。おいしいコーヒーを飲みながら、ゆったりと時間をすごせる。

  • Tsukuriyama Kofun Burial Mound
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Shinjoushimo
    The keyhole-shaped burial mound boasts being the fourth largest in scale nationally. It is estimated that it was built in the first half of the 5th century, with a total length of 350 meters. A large amount of ironware such as mirrors and bells have been excavated, but the entombed person is still a mystery.
  • Bizen Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 1659-6
    Bizen-yaki is one of the six oldest Japanese kilns with a history of 1,000 years. At the Bizen Pottery Museum, a wide range of artworks by the Living National Treasures Kaneshige Toyo, Fujiwara Kei, Yamamoto Toshu, Fujiwara Yu, Isesaki Jun and others as well as young artists are exhibited. Enjoy the charm of Bizen-yaki to the fullest. Seasonal exhibitions are held as well.

    The museum has a wonderful display of Bizen pottery ware. Catch the JR Ako line to Imbe (this is also spelled Inbe in some places) and the museum is a short walk away - it is well signposted. There...

  • Sun Station Terrace Okayama
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Ekimotomachi 1-1
    Sun Station Terrace Okayama is a shopping center located within Okayama Station. It comprises the West Hall, North Hall and South Hall, and has a wide range of products and stores, including ladies' fashion, menswear, children's clothing, “fast fashion” and other apparel products, as well as household goods, food, restaurants, and branches of ABC-MART, MUJI, etc.
  • trees Inujima
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Higashi-ku Inujima 324
    The casual restaurant “trees” also offers catering and hosts events and exhibits. They are a fun cafe who provides a variety of information, in addition to serving food and drink. Try the “Inujima Curry Set” and “trees Pudding” at their Inujima shop. Unlike other shops, they close when boats aren't running in addition to every Tuesday, so please call in advance. They are a one-minute walk from the Inujima Liner Port.
  • Nakayama Strawberry Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Sugano 3980
    This farm is located along Prefectural Road 237 in the Sugano area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. It cultivates different varieties of strawberries such as Akihime, Kaorino, Benihoppe, Honoka and OiCBerry by hydroponics and gives Chinese medicine prescriptions. You can enjoy strawberry picking inside a greenhouse when in season.

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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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