Spots in Tsuyama / Mimasaka Area

  • Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Sange 135
    This castle ruin park is located near the Tsuyama Wonder Museum in Tsuyama City. One of Japan's three major mountain castles, it once had 60 towers and was built by Mori Ranmaru's younger brother Mori Tadamasa on Mt. Kaku. Although all buildings were destroyed with the ordinance for the disposal of castles, the Bichu Yagura was restored as a characteristic building of a mountain castle in 2005 and is open to the general public. The ruins of the castle became Kakuzan Park, and is also famous as a place for viewing cherry blossoms that was chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, and has particularly splendid night cherry blossoms illuminated by small lamps with paper shades.

    Tsuyama, known as the little Kyoto of Mimasaka was a place I had long wanted to visit. Tsuyama’s development was quite early because of its strategic location on the route from Kyoto to Izumo. During...

  • Hiruzen Kogen Center Joyful Park
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzenkamifukuda 1205-197
    A comprehensive leisure facility located on the Hiruzen Plateau, a resort area in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture famed for its soothing, pastoral scenery. The amusement park at the center of the facility has a numerous fun attractions for you to enjoy, including a Ferris wheel, two story merry go round, roller coasters, and go-carts. Other popular facilities include the Hiruzen Hana no Mori, a garden where some 15 thousand rhododendrons spanning 100 varieties bloom and the Saru-en and Tori-en zoo exhibits, where you can see cute animals. In the facility’s restaurants, you can enjoy Jingisukan mutton barbecue, a Hiruzen specialty, with a special secret recipe sauce; as well as Hiruzen yakisoba, a local favorite cheap eat.

    Rather for small children, althought we enjoyed ferris wheel - great view from the top. Decorations are colourful and cute. We had good coffee with delicious cream on the top at the cafe here.

  • Okayama Forest Park German Forest
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    3.5
    70 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Akaiwa-shi Nibori Naka 2006
    A theme park located in Akaiwa City, Okayama Prefecture which recreates a German farm village and rural scenery. Seasonal flowers such as tulips, rapeseed, and cosmos bloom on the peaceful hill country of the park, and facilities such as a winery, agricultural product processing factory, and restaurants dot the grounds. There’s also a full array of activities for visitors to enjoy, including go-carts, a lawn slide, and miniature golf; Jersey cow milking and playing with the animals in the park’s petting zoo are also popular things to do at the park. The park also holds classes where participants can try making sausage and bread.

    Once or twice a year, this place offers local residents free access so we took up the offer and went along to see what it was like. My wife was hoping for some authentic German bread and sausages...

  • Roadside Station Awakurando
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Aidagunnishiawakurason Kageishi 418
    This roadside station is located along the Chizu Highway in the Kageishi area of Nishi-Awakura Village, Aida County. Including famous confectionary from Okayama and Tottori, it has stores that sell special products and handmade processed goods and a vegetable market. In the restaurant, they offer set meals, rice bowls, noodle dishes and desserts, as well as special menus for every season. In addition, there is also a snack corner with items such as the local burger “Awakura De Ai Burger.”

    道の駅の建物が古いのと、建物近くのトイレも古いですが、建物を出て少し歩くととても素敵ないトイレが出てきます。 立派でビックリ

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Otani
    This museum is located in Otani, Tsuyama City. Built in 1936 in Tsuyama Station, centering on the former Tsuyama Depot roundhouse that would be the second largest among those that exist in Japan today, it displays dioramas and various train exhibits about diesel multiple units and diesel locomotives.

    A little difficulty walking to museum due to no signs on roads.... but found with another lost group of people. I think museum is lacking many must have many exhibits such as movie, train bells...

  • Roadside Station Kaze no Ie
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzenkamitokuyama 1380-6
    This roadside station is located along National Route 482 in the Hiruzen Kamitokuyama area of Maniwa City. It sells local fresh agricultural products, specialty products such as Hiruzen Jersey cattle dairy products and Hiruzen wine, and craft items. In the restaurant, they offer local inexpensive meals including Hiruzen yakisoba, Jersey beef ramen and curry. In addition, there is an adjoining shop that sells gelato and soft-serve ice cream.

    a cute little road station, with a large area for selling locally-grown produce (all with the names of who grew them printed on their labels) - including Jersey Ice-cream (so good!). toilets are...

  • Yunogosagi Onsenkan
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Okayama Mimasaka-shi Yunogo 595-1
    "A day trip hot spring bathhouse located in Yunogo Onsen a five-minute drive from the Yunogo-onsen Interchange on the Mimasaka Okayama Road. The bathhouse' source spring, also known as the ""Washi no Yu,"" has been known as a destination for therapeutic hot spring bathing since the Meiji period, and the bathhouse constantly replenishes its baths ""kakenagashi"" style using its waters. The bathhouse has two bathing areas - the Do no Yu, which has a large bath, jet bath, and geyser fountain; and the relaxation-oriented Shizu no Yu, which has a lie down bath and cave bath. There bathhouse also has a large reception hall where you can relax, bring in food, or even order food to be delivered. The bathhouse' shop sells local specialty products such as vegetables and fruits from Mimasaka City, as well as a variety of gifts and souvenirs like an original sake."

    料金換わったよ700円 それと、障害者割引や 療養湯の使用時間が1時間とのこと、 衣服脱着に10分ずつかかると、正味40分しか入れません。 後は30分ごとに料金追加、書いてないので、 それもはっきりしません。 それと隣の村湯は同じ料金で時間制限なし、実に馬鹿にしてますよ。 町内会の会費を収めてるとか? いくらなんですかね

  • Roadside Station Kamogawa Enjo
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Kagagunkibichuouchou Uedanishi 2325-1
    This roadside station is located along National Route 429 in the Uedanishi area of Kibichuo Town, Kaga County. It has direct sales shops selling fresh local vegetables and a rest area. Besides offering menu items such as kimchi udon noodles using special Chinese cabbage, the cafeteria is where you can taste the local specialty of “Kusagina no Kakemeshi” (rice with young kusagina harlequin glorybower buds) with a reservation. In addition, the adjoining Shinanoya serves local cuisine using local ingredients, set meals and soba buckwheat noodles.

    地元でできた野菜が格安で売られています。食堂ではうどんがおいしかったです。ブルーベリーやはちみつの加工品もおいしくておすすめです。

  • Roadside Station Hiruzen Kogen
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    3.0
    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzentomiyamane 694-129
    This roadside station is located along National Route 422 in the Hiruzen Tomiyamane area of Maniwa City. Besides a rest area and information corner, the restaurant inside the hotel “Hiruzen Hills” on the premises serves a lunch menu using Hiruzen ingredients such as Hiruzen Jersey beef curry. In addition, you can use the hotel’s public bath without being a guest. You can also rent a bicycle.

    You can drop in here to get inexpensive bike rentals for the Kogen Cycling Road, plus English language maps. The bikes are in decent shape:well-used for sure, but highly functional. The building...

  • Hiruzen Jersey Land
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzennakafukuda 956-222
    A leisure facility located in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture directly operated by the Hiruzen Dairy Farming Agricultural Cooperative, famed for its Jersey cow dairy products. In a pasture area commanding a view of the three peaks of Hiruzen, Jersey cows munch on grass, bathe in the sunlight, and live leisurely lives, and visitors can come enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the Hiruzen Plateau here. At the shop, popular items for purchase include Jersey cow yogurt and roll cakes made with hearty servings of Jersey cow whipped cream. Be sure to try the soft serve ice cream and enjoy the rich, milky flavor! The facility also has a restaurant where you can enjoy Jersey cow steaks and cheese fondue. Entry free.

    Theres a big field with sunflowers in the summer and cute decorations year round. The restaurant serves really good cheese fondue and ice cream. After lunch we went to the stable, it was fun to feed...

  • Roadside Station Okutsu Onsen
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Tomatagunkagaminochou Okutsu 463
    This roadside station is located along the Okutsu Bypass in the Okutsu area of Kagamino Town, Tomata County. It sells fresh local agricultural products, processed goods and specialty products such as specialty salt-grilled “hirame” (land-locked red-spotted trout). In addition, there is also a restaurant that serves a buffet of handmade country-style cooking using seasonal ingredients, and an authentic ramen noodle shop that uses store-made noodles and local miso.

    岡山から、はわい温泉に行く途中に寄りました。 野菜が新鮮で安かった。 利用しなかったけど、地産地消のランチバイキング1300円もありました。 眺めが良く、空気もキレイ。 奥津温泉街も見えました。 トイレもきれいだった。 ぜひ、立ち寄りたい場所です。

  • Roadside Station Kayo
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Kagagunkibichuouchou Kita 1974
    This roadside station is located along National Route 305 in the Kita area of Kibichuo Town, Kaga County. Besides shops with specialty processed goods and everyday items and a direct sales shop selling fresh local agricultural products and processed goods, there is a restaurant that has a free salad bar with local fresh vegetables as well as handmade soba buckwheat noodles and set meals. In addition, it also holds experiential learning workshops to make miso and soba buckwheat noodles (reservation required).

    それほど大きな道の駅ではありませんが、岡山市内から高梁市、新見市方面に抜ける際の裏道の途上にあります。 岡山自動車道の賀陽インターチェンジから近いので、その意味でも立地は良いといえます。 駐車場はそれほど大きくはありませんが、止められなくて困るようなことはなく、店内には農作物を中心に地元の物がたくさん売られています。

  • Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art (Nagi MOCA)
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Katsutagunnagichou Toyosawa 441
    This art museum is located in the Toyosawa area of Nagi Town, Katsuta County. Designed by architect Isozaki Arata with a huge work produced by Arakawa Shusaku + Madeline Gins, Okazaki Kazuo and Miyawaki Aiko, the museum is the combination of a piece of art and a building. There is a gallery space that holds temporary modern art exhibitions and a cafe inside. In addition, the Nagi Town Library is adjacent to the museum.

    There is a museum at the foot of Mt.Nagi.There are Three works in this museum. The name of the artwork is the sun,the moon and the earth.Only this works that appeal to the senses can only be...

  • Japan Museum of Contemporary Toy & Hall of Music Box
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Mimasakashi Yunogou 319-2
    A three-minute walk from the Yunogo Onsen-shimo bus stop on the Uno Bus leaving from Okayama Station. This toy and music box museum celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010. The museum displays around 600 traditional toys such as European building blocks, as well as 30 music boxes and mechanical dolls made more than a century ago. Toy classes are held in the museum's studio space, and visitors can experience the fun of creating as well as the fun of playing with toys. The history and workings of music boxes are presented in the music box concert hall.

    In this nice quiet onsen town we didnt expect to find such an interesting place. This place isnt just for kids as Im sure mums and dads will love it just as much. At the time of writing this...

  • Roadside Station Gaisenzakura Shinjoshuku
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Okayama Pref. Maniwagunshinjouson 2190-1
    This roadside station is located along the Izumo Highway in the Hoda area of Shinjo Village, Maniwa County. It sells local specialty products such as round mochi rice cakes using the best variety of mochi rice called Himenomochi that is a local specialty, daifuku (red bean paste-filled mochi), okaki (rice crackers) and Junmai-shu (sake made without brewer’s alcohol). In the cafeteria, they offer menu items such as “Gyumochi-don” rice bowls combining mochi rice cakes and beef bowls.

    メルヘンの里から「がいせんざくら新庄宿」になりました。 国道の案内標識も変わっていました。 改装から日が浅く、トイレなど驚くほど広くて清潔です。 土産物の種類も多くて良いのですが、地元の農産物の販売にはもう少しだけ力を入れて欲しい。

  • Former Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Nabeya 17-1
    Former Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School is a historic building located along the Izumo Highway in Nabeya in the city of Maniwa. This wooden school building, constructed in 1907, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property as a representative example of school construction in the later Meiji period (1868–1912). Nowadays, it is open to the public as a facility of the cultural facility Kuse Espace Land, but it is also used as a location for filmmaking. There is also an event called Former Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School Nostalgic School Lunch.

    I went here recently with a couple of friends. Its an interesting building--more than a hundred years old--that for most of its life was an elementary school. It has also been the set for a number...

  • Hiruzen Winery
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Hiruzenkamifukuda 1205-32
    Hiruzen Winery, located on Hiruzen Highland in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, produces and sells wine made with home-grown mountain grapes. The wild vines high in iron and polyphenols are a rare variety which are good for health and treasured by the locals. Inside the winery visitors can see where the wine is stored and how it is made from behind the glass. As well as a shop which sells wine and cheese, there is also a bar and cafe where visitors can try some Hiruzen cheese with a glass of wine.

    They sell different wines here:sweet and dry, made of grapes, blueberries, herbs. You can taste them before buying. My choice went to non-alcoholic grape juice. I recommend also grape soft serve

  • Roadside Station Kumenan
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Transportation
    Okayama Pref. Kumegunkumenanchou Shimonika 1367-1
    Kumenan Roadside Station is located along the Okayama Highway in the town of Kumenan in Kume County. The main building, Fureai no Yakata, contains a shop that sells local products, a restaurant, a cafe, an information desk, and a seminar room, but there are other facilities as well: a craft studio, a food processing plant that sells Mochi and rice crackers, and a park-like green space.

    トイレはいつも綺麗にして頂いており大変気持ちよく使用をさせて頂いておりますが、女子トイレの掃除を、男性が行っているのをよく拝見します、女子トイレに男性が入るのはいかがなものでしょうか? ※下り線側には、トイレが2か所ありますが、一つを男性の方が掃除していたため、使用出来ませんでした!

  • Tsuyama Wonder Museum
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Tsuyama-shi Sange 98-1
    A 10-minute walk from JR Tsuyama Station. Located at the entrance to Tsuyama Castle, this natural history museum features stuffed animals from every corner of the globe. Their permanent exhibit features nearly 20,000 exhibits of stuffed animals, fossils, minerals, shells, insects, and human specimens spread throughout 13 exhibition rooms. They have nearly 800 stuffed animals including some in danger of extinction such as the golden snub-nosed monkey, low-land gorilla, and the Amur leopard. There are a lot of animals that are no longer obtainable. The organs of Morimoto Keizo, the founder of the museum, are also on display as per his will.

    Off the beaten track and not quite what you would expect to find in a smaller location like Tsuyama.Parking is available nearby.If you visit end of March/early April you can link it with walk through...

  • Joto's Old Townhouses
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Tsuyama-shi Higashishinmachi 40
    A 10-minute drive from the Tsuyama Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. A townhouse from the late Edo period townhouses located in the Joto Townscape Preservation District. This is the former residence of the Kajimura family who as the Fudamoto (present day banks) issued the Hansatsu script (Currency that could oldy be used within the domain) on order of the Tsuyama Domain. With the main building having been built during the late Edo period, the west-side room during the Meiji period, the western-style two-story building to the north during the Taisho period, and the storehouse during the early Showa period, how lifestyles changed with the ages is well preserved with the residence. The house is a registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan and the garden is a Registered Monument of Japan. There is no charge to tour the house.

    The township of Tsuyama in the feudal area was composed of three districts. The samurai residence area on the west (Jousai district) the merchant area in the south where area names such as...

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