Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1709 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.

    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...

  • Okayama Castle, Castle Tower
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    4.0
    1163 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.

    we accessed the castle from the south gate of the korakuen garden, across the tsukimi bridge. it was built in 1597 and destroyed in the war of 1945 and replicated in concrete in 1966. 2 watch towers...

  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    369 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.

    I visited the Kibitsu Shrine on my way to Okayama and was very impressed by this shrine. The shrine was massive and beautiful. There are huge parking lots that are free here. After parking I...

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    4.0
    125 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.

    i dont remember how we came to visit this temple, rebuilt in 1600. its not in my notes. it was raining on our second day in okayama, so we hired a cab and off we went. we were staying at the...

  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
    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.

    When I went there in the morning, the weather is cold. It has nice scene to capture photos. We can also check small pond in front of this temple. If you are interested, you can insert 100 coin at the...

  • Special Historic Site Former Shizutani School
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    4.5
    97 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Bizen Shizutani 784
    Former Shizutani School is a Historic Structure designated as a Special Historic Site. It was built in 1670 by the local feudal lord, Ikeda Mitsumasa, and it is the oldest remaining public school building in the world. In addition to the lecture hall, which has been designated a National Treasure, and in 2015, Japan Heritage designed it as No. 1 in the category Group of Remnants of Early Modern Japan’s Educational Heritage.

    The school is located in Bizen City which is in the eastern part of Okayama Prefecture. During the Edo era the Ikeda Family was the feudal lord of Bizen. Shizutani Gakkou was established in 1670 in...

  • Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    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.

    Felt like legolands little brother but not in a bad way. My 4 year old son had a blast on the bumper boats and the roller coaster but I just felt nickel and dimed for a bag of rocks, the water park...

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 8-48
    "Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art is located along Prefectural Route 400 in Tenjin-cho, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. It collects and exhibits the works of traditional illustrators, traditional Japanese painters, Western-style painters, craftspeople, sculptors, and other artists who have a connection with Okayama. In addition to the permanent collection ""The Art of Okayama,"" in which the objects on display are changed periodically, and special exhibitions, the museum also sponsors events such as lectures about art and workshops."

    Looking over some previous reviews, I learn that the museum has a collection. The reason I mention this is because on my visit today, there was nothing to be seen from said collection, as they were...

  • Setouchi Onsen Tamanoyu
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    4.5
    50 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Chikkou 1-1-11
    This hot spring facility is located in Chikko, Tamano City. Besides the rotenburo (open-air baths) “Kaze no Yubune,” where you can feel the sea breeze near the water and the “Touki Buro” made of shigaraki Japanese pottery, inner baths and lie-down baths, there are also salt sauna, stadium saunas, bedrock baths and relaxation facilities. In the restaurant where you can look upon the sea, they offer courses utilizing seafood from the Seto Inland Sea and a la carte dishes.

    The outdoor baths are just stunning and so relaxing. There are different kind of baths and water temperature. There is also a salt dry sauna that we really enjoyed. You have a view on the bay while...

  • Okayama Orient Museum
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Tenjinchou 9-31
    "A museum which contains many ancient works of Oriental art from Mesopotamian civilizations and other areas. The museum is located a 15-minute walk from the east entrance of JR Okayama Station along Prefectural Route 42. The museum was originally opened to house 1,947 works of art donated by Okayama University. The museum's collection continued to grow thanks to donations and loans and today the facility manages around 4,800 pieces of ancient art. The museum's collection primarily consists of earthenware, glass, and porcelain mosaics. The museum's centerpiece is its ""Relief of Protective Spirit, Apukallu"" Assyrian relief created in Iraq in the ninth century BCE."

    I am a big fan of museums devoted to archaeology. I knew this one would be a small one, with limited English explanation, but it was advertised all around the city, both in Japanese and English, I...

  • Yumeji Art Museum (Honkan)
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    4.0
    61 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.

    Each of his drawings are very beautiful and I enjoyed so much! After that I went to the cafe in this museum.

  • Manekineko Museum of Art
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Kanayamaji 865-1
    This art museum for manekineko (beckoning cats) is located in the Kinzanji area of Kita Ward, Okayama City. Besides the permanent exhibition of 700 manekineko of various shapes and materials from traditional ones from throughout Japan to ones made by modern artists, it also holds temporary exhibitions related to manekineko. In addition, there is an adjoining museum shop that sells original manekineko goods.

    A hundred years old living quarter has been transformed into a house of manekineko or fortune cats of 700 kinds. The museum gave the feeling like walking into the grandmas private rooms where...

  • Okayama City South Village
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Minami-ku Kataoka 2468
    Okayama City South Village is an agricultural park located along Prefectural Route 22 in Kataoka, Minami Ward in the city of Okayama. It offers do-it-yourself crop picking, including strawberries, with the specific crops varying from season to season. Visitors can also experience the art of Tole painting. The park also contains a grassy lawn, a swimming pool that is open only in the summer, a karaoke facility, restaurants, and a lodging facility that is modeled after a Spanish farmhouse. The market is open 365 days a year and sells fresh farm products and freshly caught fish. A flea market is held in the park at regular intervals.

    サウスヴィレッジの中にあるマーケットには地元の野菜をはじめ、たくさんの加工食品などが並びます。休日にはフリマなどが開催され、たくさんの人でにぎわいます。

  • Okayama City Museum
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Roadside Station Mt. Kuroi Green Park
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Okuchoumushiage 5165-196
    Roadside Station Mt. Kuroi Green Park is located along the Okayama Blue Line in Mushiage, Oku-cho, Setouchi City. It offers a farmers’ market and a gallery, as well as direct outlet shops for Japan Agricultural Cooperatives and one that sells fresh fish. There is even a full-scale on-road course for radio-controlled car in this park. It is well known as a good place to view cherry blossoms, and in the summer, the children’s pool is open. From mid October to December, visitors can pick mikan (Mandarin oranges).

    If youre around here in autumn this is a fun thing to do with young kids. Going in November is the best time to pick sweet juicy mikan (aka tangerine or mandarin in other countries) although I...

  • Kirin Brewery Okayama Factory
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Higashi-ku Setochoumantomi 678
    "Kirin Beer Okayama Plant is a brewery located near Mantomi Station in Mantomi, Seto-cho Town, Higashi Ward, in the city of Okayama. It offers two industrial tours, ""Discover the Secret of Kirin Ichiban Shibori's Delicious Flavor,"" which is free of charge, and ""Kirin Ichiban Shibori EP Tour,"" which charges a fee and is available at irregular intervals. Both tours are an opportunity to learn how beer is made. There is also a factory shop that sells varieties of beer available only at that particular brewery."

    Kirin beer factory can bookie to. 3 months in advance easy to get to on public transport approx 25 min from Okayama on local line, they had a shuttle bus waiting to collect us. Even thought the main...

  • Bizen Pottery Museum
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    4.0
    29 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 is just above the train station shop. It has a wide selection of pottery by different crafts women and men. You can identify those whose work you like and they can show you the workshop...

  • Tamano Municipal Marine Museum (Shibukawa Marine Aquarium)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Tamanoshi Shibukawa 2-6-1
    Tamano Municipal Marine Museum and Shibukawa Marine Aquarium are located in Shibukawa 2-chome in the city of Tamano. The aquarium houses 2,000 individual marine life forms of 180 species from all over Japan, especially the Inland Sea, and the museum displays 1,000 specimens of shellfish, taxidermic specimens of fish, and models of ships. There are also outdoor exhibits of marine animals and maritime devices.

    古めかしい水族館でしたが、地元の魚を展示することを重視している点では、評価できます。瀬戸内海の豊かな海の幸が実感できました。

  • Ajitsukasa Nomura
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    4.0
    152 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...

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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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