Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Korakuen
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    4.5
    1692 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.

    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...

  • Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    363 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.

    Visited on Saturday and was surprised to see not many people. It was a peaceful stroll because there were not many people. The famed long corridor is quite impressive. Getting there can be a little...

  • Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    152 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.

    It was pretty quiet when I went. About 15 minutes on the local train from Okayama. Will only need at more an hour there. Just because of the tranquility, and the scenic mountains around it, well...

  • Saijo Inari (Saijo Inari-san Myokyoji Temple)
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    4.0
    121 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

  • Okayama Castle, Castle Tower
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    3.5
    8 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.

    石山門は岡山城廃城後も残っていた門だそうですが、昭和20年の空襲で焼けてしまったそうです。赤茶けた石垣がその名残を伝えています。周辺には岡山城由来の石垣が各所に見られます。

  • 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...

  • The Hotel Limani & Spa
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Okayama Pref. Setouchishi Ushimadochoushimado 3900
    The Hotel Limani & Spa is located along Prefectural Route 28 in Ushimado, Ushimado-cho in the city of Setouchi. It features guest rooms with balconies overlooking the Ushimado shoreline. The restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine made from fresh, local seafood and vegetables, and at breakfast, guests can try aged beef steaks made from Okayama cattle. Other facilities include a cocktail lounge with an ocean view, a gym, a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool.

    We stayed one night at hotel limani and had a very nice time. The staff was very attentive and were able to communicate with us in English which was very helpful. The lounge and restaurant areas have...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Setouchi Onsen Tamanoyu
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    4.5
    49 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.

  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    62 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...

  • Roadside Station Mt. Kuroi Green Park
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    3.5
    25 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...

  • 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 Prefectural Museum
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    3.5
    31 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 came with a study-buddy for a special Nichiren exhibition that displayed many excellent Buddhist artworks. What a pity that the arrangement was poor and without a concept, the items just put into...

  • Manekineko Museum of Art
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    4.0
    29 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...

  • Umi no Eki Shioji
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Hinasechouhinase 801-8
    Umi no Eki Shioji is a souvenir shop in Hinase, Hinase-cho in the city of Bizen. In addition to selling freshly processed local seafood, including the roasted conger eel for which the area is famous. The local fishing cooperative runs a restaurant where visitors can savor various kinds of seafood over rice. It is across the street from Gomi no Ichi, a market where the fishing cooperative sells its catch directly to consumers. There is even a barbecuing area where customers can cook their purchases immediately.

    You have to purchase seafood at the seafood market, situated at the opposite side of the road. Small shops are scattering inside the market, selling various kind of live seafood, including oysters...

  • 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。

  • Bizen Umi no Eki Sanyo Marunaka (Honami Store)
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Honami 2541-1
    This fish market is located along the Okayama Blue Line in Honami, Bizen City. Besides selling fresh seafood hauled into port from Ushimado, Hinase and other nearby locations, they have a dine-in space where you can taste seafood rice bowls. In addition, Sanyo Marunaka (Honami Store) is adjacent to the market.

    安くて美味いのを知っている人ばかりが行く店です。 一見すると普通の食品スーパーですが、店内は海の物を中心とした惣菜や弁当類で埋め尽くされています。 どれも安くて美味しいし、店内の食べられる席も用意されており、下手な飲食店を凌駕しています。

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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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