The Okayama Prefectural Museum is a great museum with a variety of ancient artifacts from throughout the prefecture. Much of modern Okayama was once part of the Kibi nation, one of Japan's oldest civilizations. Each room displays a different time period. The oldest artifacts are mammoth fossils and ancient tools and pottery from the stone age, but artifacts from the Jomon, Yayoi/Kofun, Nara, and Heian periods are on display. Exhibits include Buddhist sculptures and statues, samurai suits, paintings, historical documents, old currencies, and swords among other things.
Swords produced in Okayama have been famous for their quality since ancient times, because the region was a large producer of iron and had an abundance of pine and acorn, which were used to make the swords. Particularly Bizen swords are known for being some of Japan's best.
The Bizen pottery is also very famous in Japan and comes from Okayama. It was highly valued in the Kamakura and Muromachi Periods, and even today Bizen pottery remains famous (and expensive). The museum has a nice display of ancient Bizen swords and pottery.
I found the display of the ancient currencies to be really interesting. The currencies are from various cities throughout the prefecture that used to be part of independent kingdoms. Although this is a prefectural museum, the artifacts on display are also great representations of Japanese history as a whole, because Okayama has historically been an important area of the country.
The entrance fee is surprisingly only 200 yen. It's extremely cheap, so I highly recommend visiting! It should take about 1-1.5 hours to see the entire museum. Wheelchairs are available.
The museum building was originally part of the Ninomaru annex of Okayama Castle and was used as a guesthouse in the Edo Period. During the Meiji Period, Lord Ikeda used it as his administrative headquarters, and it officially became a museum in 1964 at the wishes of Ichiro Hayashibara, who it is named after.
Hayashibara inherited his grandfather's company, which produced starch syrup, and he expanded the company. With the wealth he gained from the company, he was able to pursue his interest in collecting artwork, and it is this collection that is displayed in the museum today.
Most of the collection dates back to the Edo Period. Anyone interested in Japanese calligraphy and scrolls should enjoy this museum. Aside from these, there are also clothing, pottery, swords, and a samurai suit among other things. The collection is large, so they do change the exhibits throughout the year.
The museum is relatively small however, the entrance fee is only 300 yen, so it's not unreasonable. It takes about 30 minutes to see, and it's closed on Mondays.
Hiruzen is located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. It is the plateau spot of the quasi-national park. There are the rows of poplar trees of and white birches. You can see grand three mountains. This plateau is setting adrift a new pastoral atmosphere of the Europe style even in Japan.
Although there is how to enjoy each four seasons, a camp can be enjoyed in summer and skiing can be enjoyed in winter.
You will be pleasant to travel the neighborhood by the Rent-cycle, and there is also a tennis court.
It is famous also for a "hot spring" here. There is a natural large bathroom.
There are also some lodgings and it can also come into contact with people local area, the history and culture, besides rich natural environment.
There are thousand rose from several types and several places in the world. It is very good park for pleasure.
From the website, you can see the flower blooming (update everyday).
Opening hour: 9.30-17.00, closed every wed. Entrance fee 600 yen for adult, 300 yen for junior & senior high school student, 200 yen for child above 3 years old.
There's enough there with the garden, castle and museums all in the same area to justify spending a day there. The garden is great, although I never could accept the idea that there should be an elevator in the castle!
OK, this is just an amusement park, but it's really fun. I might not have gone 'cept it was the place of employment of the friend I was visiting at the time. I was glad I went though. It is clean and fun and everyone there seems to be having a good time. The park is themed around Denmark and it's really cute. I highly recommend the musical. This is the Hans Christian Anderson Statue in the park.
Every summer, usually in the beginning of August, in Okayama city there is Momotaro festival.
It is start with firework, followed by dances competetion (caled Uraja dance) for the next 2 days.
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