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Okayama

Home of Momotaro and the famous Koraku-en garden

About Okayama

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Setouchi

Setouchi

A rural city with about 40,000 residents, Setouchi City is a new kid on the block in Okayama Prefecture. It consists of the towns of Ushimado, Oku and Osafune and is bordered by both Okayama and Bizen City. Oku is where the city hall is located although I don't think you could really call it..

Kurashiki

Kurashiki

Kurashiki City sits in the heart of Okayama Prefecture.  With a population close to 500,000 people it makes for a city that has a lot to offer day or night.  Whatever you want to do it has it all.  Walking around the Bikan area, a historical area that was spared during WWII which ha..

Tsuyama

Tsuyama

Tsuyama City is located at the top of Okayama Prefecture bordering Tottori Prefecture and Hyogo Prefecture.  Tsuyama has a rich mixture of history, culture and people that makes is a worthwhile location to visit.  Tsuyama is one of Okayama's biggest agriculture areas but it has a s..

Dining

Aya Cafe Uno

Aya Cafe Uno

Uno is a little town with a funny name. Not like Yoko Ono, or "yuno", as in "you know", but "oo no". Thousands of people pass through each day, but it is not on the Shinkansen route, nor does it have any World Heri..

Inujima Cafe Walk

Inujima Cafe Walk

Inujima is a near deserted island off the south coast of Okayama Prefecture, whose population had decreased from three thousand to a bit over thirty in a hundred years. There are old bank tellers and charming wood cottages, like a place stuck in time..

Uki Cafe

Uki Cafe

In many ways a trip to Inujima is a trip back in time. In many ways the changes to the 21st century has bypassed this quiet island with many of the younger generation having moved to the bigger cities Fiona Tan, a visiting artist from the Netherlands..

Places to stay

Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Hollywood Sauna & Spa in Okayama

Located only within a two-minute walk from Okayama station, Hollywood Sauna & Spa is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Japanese accommodations. The multi-story hotel, which is ironically set above a pachink..

Budget Station Hotels in Japan

Budget Station Hotels in Japan

Budget station hotels in Japan are near the stations, or at most a kilometer away, a walking distance of about 20 minutes. At average rates of between Y 5000 to 10000, they are a steal, if you can bear with no chocolates under the pillow and no rose ..

Seaman House

Seaman House

Grey clouds of steam and mist swirl like a dragon in the sky. Mysterious, primal, brooding. A storm is gathering over Inujima, a small fishing and farming village. In the film Cloud Island, the forgotten life of the folk in the Islands of the Seto In..

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Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

Bizen Pottery in Okayama Prefecture

On a cool Monday in early December, I made my way to Imbe in Okayama Prefecture. The small town, a 35-minute ride from Okayama Station, is home to Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery), one of the six traditional kilns of Japan. My first stop was the Bize..

Betty Smith Jeans Museum and Outlet

Betty Smith Jeans Museum and Outlet

Although you might know it for looking at it, the small town of Kojima in Okayama Prefecture is home to some of the most important jeans companies in Japan. One of the most famous of these companies is Betty Smith Jeans. Betty Smith has been making q..

Kibitsujinja Shrine

Kibitsujinja Shrine

During a visit of the Okayama region, it would be almost impossible for you to escape the story of Momotaro, a boy born inside a giant peach and who united with a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant to battle an ogre. But did you know that this tale is its..

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About okayama

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalOkayama
Population1,945,276
Area7,114.62 sq. km

If you're interested in Japanese culture but something other than temples and shrines, try Okayama, although Kibitsu Shrine is still worth a visit. Better yet, Okayama is the least rainy prefecture, meaning bad weather won't spoil your adventures.

The city of Kurashiki is known for the Bikan Historical Quarter, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji eras are still preserved, and the Ohara Museum, the country's first Western art museum. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is not only one of the oldest remaining castles, but also the castle with the highest elevation above sea level.

The Old Shizutani School, in use from 1673 to 1964, was Japan's first public school and the only school to be designated a National Treasure. And finally, Koraku-en is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

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