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  • Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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    4.0
    163 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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 Jersey Land
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    4.0
    88 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...

  • Hiruzen Kogen Center Joyful Park
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    4.0
    78 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.

  • Kanba Falls Natural Park
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    4.5
    57 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Kamba
    This prefectural natural park that is the entire area of Kanba Falls is located in Kanba, Maniwa City. Known for its beautiful landscape that weaves a 20-meter wide waterfall that falls wildly from a height of 110 meters with the nature of changing autumn leaves and a snowy landscape, it is a designated national site of scenic beauty. In addition, there are about 200 wild monkeys that inhabit the surrounding area.

    I was lucky to get the chance to see the monkeys because it doesn’t happen every day. They are very chill and doesn’t bother people at all, so you can take as many pictures as you want! The water...

  • Okayama Agriculture Park German Forest Kronenberg
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    3.5
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Akaiwashi Niborinaka 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...

  • Tsuyama Railroad Educational Museum
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    4.0
    55 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...

  • Hashino Restaurant
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Kawasaki 549-9
    Hashino Restaurant is a venerable establishment founded more than 120 years ago in Kawasaki in the city of Tsuyama. It serves teppanyaki grilled foods, udon noodles, and rice dishes. One of the most famous dishes of the Tsuyama area, Horumon Udon, or noodles with organ meats that have been roasted with a secret sauce, is a popular menu item.

    津山ホルモンうどんの有名店です。 向かいに数台駐車スペースがあります。 昼時に訪問しましたが、15分程度待ちましたが、回転は早いのでそれほど待ちません。 名物のホルモンうどんは、並、麺が2玉分の大、味は普通、ピリ辛、激辛と3種から選べます。新鮮なミックスホルモンは臭みが全く無く甘目の味噌ダレに合いました。 美味しいうどんです。

  • Roadside Station Awakurando
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.”

    毎年、梨のシーズンになると行きます。昼はバイキング、それから梨を購入します。野菜も新鮮です。家からは一時間半ぐらいで着くため、ドライブがてらに年数回行きます。今年も5回行きました。景色が最高です。冬は雪が綺麗です。

  • 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...

  • Yunogosagi Onsenkan
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    4.0
    36 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."

    定期的に日帰り温泉を楽しんでいます。今回は湯郷温泉に行きました。この鷺温泉館は外観から綺麗で、中に入れば清潔感があり、ゆっくり浸かってノンビリできます。ただ、ご飯は外で食べないといけません。できれば食堂があれば良いのでですが。

  • Nakayama-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Ichinomiya 695
    This shrine is located in Ichinomiya, Tsuyama City. Said to have been built in 707, it is dedicated to Kagamitsukuri no Kami (god of mirror-making). It has been devoutly worshipped since long ago as the highest ranked temple in Mimasaka Province, and was rebuilt by Izumo castle lord Amago Haruhisa after it burned down in the 16th century. The main shrine is a nationally-designated important cultural property.

    静かな佇まいですが荘厳な感じの建物です。重要文化財に指定されているようですが、手入れや維持のためか寄付を募られておりました。本殿の横に回ると何とも立派な建物で、鳥居からの風景とは違うものがありました。鳥居も独特の構造であるとのことで、もっと詳しく知りたいと思いました。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Kaze no Ie
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Joto's Old Townhouses
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    4.0
    19 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...

  • Shimoyubara Onsen Himawarikan
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Okayama Pref. Maniwashi Shimoyubara 24-1
    Shimoyubara Onsen Himawarikan is a hot spring bathing facility located along the Mimasaka Highway in Shimo-Yubara in the city of Maniwa. In addition to the usual outdoor bath, it features something rare in Japan: an outdoor bath for pets, from small dogs to large dogs and cats. The menu at the restaurant features soba noodles handmade in-house of local Maniwa buckwheat, and there are even soba classes where visitors can learn how to make their own soba. There is also a shop that sells local agricultural products and other local souvenirs.

    500yen entry, or 250 for people who live within the city. you buy your ticket at a little vending machine then give it to the man - who will also give you a key for a mini-locker if you want one...

  • Mimasaka Farm
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Mimasakashi Oku 585-1
    This agritourism farm is located along National Route 374 in Oku, Mimasaka City. You can enjoy strawberry picking from early December to early June, and grape picking from mid-August to mid-October. In addition, there is also an adjacent direct sales shop that sells freshly harvested strawberries and grapes.

    It was fun taking young kids to pick and eat strawberries but its way overpriced. There are two different rates, holiday prices and weekday prices and we paid the former. Adults 1,900 yen for all...

  • Roadside Station Kamogawa Enjo
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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 Kumenan
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    店員の態度が横柄、大変に不愉快な思いをした。疲れていたので、ゆっくり休憩するつもりだったがすぐに店を出た。

  • Roadside Station Kayo
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    地元で採れた松茸が、比較的安価で手に入ることもあります。お餅を包む店の奥、レジの後ろに隠されたように置いてあれば、ラッキーです。 流石に新鮮、香りがまるで違います。

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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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