Okayama Travel Guide

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Okayama Things to Do

  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

    Kibitsuhiko Shrine is dedicated to Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto, who is known for being the heroine of the tale that, over time, became the famous tale of Momotaro! The main shrine was rebuilt in 1697. It was built in the Sangensha Nagare architectural style, which is quite beautiful and impressive. The pathway leading up to the shrine has ponds...

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  • Korakuen Garden

    Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting. Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind your way around the gardeners have created variation We found that as we walked around the scene changed from garden to farming to hills to forest...

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  • Handayama Botanical Garden

    Handayama Botanical Garden is one of the many options in Okayama for those who like flowers and gardens. It was designed to have something blooming in all seasons of the year, and the layout is well-planned and attractive. It is one of the city's famous places to see cherry blossoms, although my visit was not during cherry blossom season. I visited...

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  • Okayama Castle

    Ujo Castle Here is the standout from the pack - it's black!! Ok not the definitive castle but really quite nice. Here there are some of the friendliest and most helpful volunteer guides we met They didn't limit themselves just to the castle whipping out maps of the district And dispensing great information and advice to all. On the Obsevation...

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  • Saidaiji Eyo (Hadaka Matsuri)

    The Saidaiji Eyo is the largest, most famous, and possibly original hadaka matsuri (Naked Man Festival) in Japan! It's held on the third Saturday in February, the coldest month of the year! It began over 500 years ago at Saidaiji Temple around 1504. Originally people gathered at the temple and the priests threw amulets. Today, they throw two...

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  • Okayama Orient Museum

    The Okayama Orient Museum is a really nice museum featuring artifacts from the Middle East. Most of the artifacts are from Persia (Iran) and Syria, but many nations are represented. The artifacts include pottery, textiles, jewelry, figurines/dolls, statues, mosaics, carvings, and religious objects, among other things. This museum may be...

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Okayama Restaurants

  • American Burgers

    Cozzy's is an American restaurant serving a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and desserts. Along with the traditional hamburger and cheeseburger, they also serve chicken burgers, filet o-fish burgers, mozzarella mushroom burger, avocado burger, baked apple burger, teriyaki burger, chili cheeseburger, and a bacon cheeseburger. There are also...

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  • Delicious Katsudon

    Datesoba has been a popular local restaurant for more than 60 years. Although it is counted as one of Okayama's demi-katsudon restaurants, Datesoba's katsudon is very different. While demiglace sauce is used, it is diluted by soba broth. The dish is served with an egg that you put on yourself giving the entire dish a sweet taste. It's delicious!The...

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  • Mexican Restaurant

    One of the most missed foods among foreigners in Japan is Mexican food. Although it's true that there are not many Mexican restaurants, they do exist and Taco Style (or Tacostyle) is one of Okayama's Mexican restaurants.The restaurant serves a variety of taco rice dishes which are popular with the Japanese. As the name suggests, they also serve...

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  • Best Demi-Katsudon Restaurant

    Okayama is more of a food city than many traveler's realize and Demi-Katsudon is one of the famous dishes of Okayama. Of all the places where you can try it, Ajitsukasa Nomura is considered by many to be the best (although Yamato is also popular).The Demi-Katsudon served here consists of rice on the bottom followed by a bit of steamed cabbage. Then...

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  • Great Local Food and Drinks

    Ikiya is an excellent bar and restaurant serving local specialties from around the prefecture. The Tsuyama horumon udon and Hiruzen soba are particularly tasty, but they offer Okayama mamakari, Okayama beef dishes, and many other famous foods and dishes with local vegetables, seafood, etc. in them. They also have a few original dishes.Not only is...

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  • Tasty Fruit Parfait

    Cafe Olivier is home to another one of Okayama's famous parfaits. The seasonal parfaits, available in July and August, contains Okayama white peaches, ice cream, sherbet, and berries. Okayama has so many parfaits for many different tastes, but to me, this is one of the parfaits worth trying! It's relatively large, it has those delicious peaches, it...

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Okayama Nightlife

  • Reggae Bar

    Bar Rude Boy is an intimate Reggae-themed bar with some Jamaican decor, reggae music, and even offers jerk chicken on the menu, which is quite tasty. Contrary to the name, the bartenders are very friendly and if will make attempts at conversation with patrons. They don't really know English, so knowing some Japanese is best if you want to chat with...

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  • Canal Walk

    For those who enjoy evening strolls or just want to be out but don't want to go to a bar, the Nishikawa Canal is a nice option. The canal is actually pretty long, so you can take your time walking along it, sit on the benches, and look at the various works of art, monuments, and scenery along the canal. Each section has its own unique and different...

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  • Entertainment Center

    Sega Joypolis is a large entertainment complex. Inside the actual Sega Joypolis building is a large two-floor arcade and entertainment center. There is a large statue of Sonic the Hedgehog, because as those familiar with the game system, Sega is the company that created the original Sonic games.Aside from the arcade, the complex also has a bowling...

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  • Quiet little jazz spot...

    It's hard not to fall in love with the Jazz Piano Bar. Tucked away on a back street, this place is cozy, relaxing, and looks straight out of a movie. It is the most perfect little jazz spot ever. The proprietor is friendly and can speak English. Between occasional live events, staff entertains on the piano and bass. A full bar and light snacks are...

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  • Night life

    On weekdays (nights) there is nothing to do but there are some bars around the main street. Aussie bar is one of them which is a "gaijin bar" literally foreigners bar. It's a friendly Australian bar but not so crowded on weekdays (even weekends recently). How to go to Aussie bar: from the station, walk straight ahead to the nishikawa river and turn...

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  • Bar, Restaurant, Pachinko, Karaoke

    There are a lot of bars, restaurants, pachinkos (gambling machine), and karaokes along nishigawa street and around Momotaro dori (infront of Okayama station). Do you know that 'karaoke' is originality of Okayama? Karaoke means 'without orchestra'

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Okayama Transportation

  • Travel Within Okayama

    The trams in Okayama start just outside of Okayama Station (across the street at the start of Momotaro Odori, the main street). There are two lines, one which ends at Higashiyama and the other ends at Sekibashi. For tourists, the trams bound for Higashiyama will probably be the most useful. To travel from the first to last station is no more than...

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  • Getting To Okayama

    Many people use the Shinkansen to get to Okayama. It's certain fast and convenient, and for many travellers, the Shinkansen itself is on their list of things to experience in Japan. If however, you are on a budget, the Shinkansen can be pricey. If you want to go to Okayama for less money, consider taking the Highway Bus! The Highway Bus from Osaka...

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  • Okayama Trams

    The trams in Okayama start just outside of Okayama Station (across the street at the start of Momotaro Odori, the main street). There are two lines, one which ends at Higashiyama and the other ends at Sekibashi. For tourists, the trams bound for Higashiyama will probably be the most useful. To travel from the first to last station is no more than...

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Okayama Shopping

  • Local Goods and Souvenirs

    Hare no Kuni is located in the Teramachi shopping street near Momotaro-Odori Street. "Hare no Kuni" is the nickname of Okayama Prefecture, meaning "Land of Sunshine", because Okayama is known for having more sunny days than most other parts of Japan.The shop has souvenirs and goods from Okayama city but also from other parts of the prefecture. They...

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  • Seasonal Fruits

    Shiki Nami is a shop along the Dutch Alley that sells Okayama's local fruits, fruit products, and other local goods. Okayama's peaches, muscat grapes, and peonies are very famous but also very expensive. For convenience purposes, many people buy these items in and around Okayama Station, but if you buy them there, you will pay more. Here at the...

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  • Tram Souvenirs

    The Okayama Electric Railways building is where the tram operator's headquarters is located however, inside they also have some tram souvenirs for sale. There are not so many items but they do include postcards, keychains, folders, toy tram cars, and a cute tissue box shaped like the tram. Those with an interest in trams and trains may want to stop...

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Okayama Local Customs

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    by Libs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Learn some Japanese!! Of course this in an obvious tip for anyone going to Japan, but it's less important if you're sticking to the tourist centers. When you're going to a more off the beaten track place, like Okayama, you should definitely learn some. I really wish I had...

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Okayama Warnings and Dangers

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    Okayama City at Night

    by Rabbityama Written Jan 17, 2009

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    If you are planning a trip to Okayama, be aware that many of the museums are closed on Mondays, and a few attractions are closed on other days, so depending on where you want to go, plan accordingly. As is true with most places, weekends are best.

    Here is a list of just some of the attractions in Okayama City and the days they are closed:
    -Okayama Orient Museum (Closed Mondays)
    -Hayashibara Museum of Art (Closed Mondays)
    -Okayama Prefectural Museum (Closed Mondays)
    -Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art (Closed Mondays)
    -Ashimori Clan Samurai Residence (Closed Mondays)
    -Yumeji Art Museum (Closed Mondays)
    -Kirin Beer Park (Closed Mondays)

    -Handayama Botanical Garden (Closed Tuesdays)

    -Tokoen Garden (Closed Wednesdays)
    -RSK Rose Garden (closed Wednesdays, but no closing days from April to June or October through November)

    -Ikeda Zoo (Closed on Wednesdays sporadically throughout the year. It's best to check their website for exact dates)

    Always open:
    -Okayama Castle
    -Korakuen Garden
    -Temples and Shrines

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    • Family Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Study Abroad

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Okayama Off The Beaten Path

  • A HIDDEN PRIVATE GARDEN

    A visit to KEIKAEN GARDEN in the town of Takebe, Okayama will heighten your aroma senses. This garden, overlooking rice fields & farmland, is filled with flora & fauna & birds. There are greenhouses with cactus, goldfish ponds, aloe, & plants that I don`t know the names of (ha ha!)), parrots, pheasants, & other birds. Located here is also a...

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  • KRONENBERG- A GERMAN PARK

    This German theme park is located on a mountain top in Okayama. Here you can eat German sausages & drink beer! There are a few restaurants serving German/Japanese food, alot of souvenir shops selling German goods & Okayama local goods, excellent landscaped gardens, a children`s playground, & an animal petting area.

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  • Many people speed through...

    Many people speed through Okayama on the Shinkansen on their way to Hiroshima and Kyushu and never get off. They are missing a lot of genuininely interesting expereinces by not doing so. Though the castle is a rather poor recreation of the one destroyed in the war, the park which surrounds it is very pretty.

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Okayama Favorites

  • Korakuen Garden Seasonal Travel

    Korakuen is certainly Okayama City's most famous attraction, and rightfully so. The garden is absolutely gorgeous!If you're planning a trip to Okayama, you may be interested in the various seasonal events held in Korakuen Garden. Here is a list of the events held at Korakuen Garden:January 1: New Years Koto ConcertEarly February: Grass Burning...

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  • Free Internet Access

    Free internet access is available at the Okayama International Center. Laptop computers with wireless LANs can hook up to the net for free as well. There is a limit of 30mins per person if there`s a crowd. The Okayama International Center is located 150m west of JR Okayama Station (near 7-Eleven). Open daily 9am-5pm, but closed on Mondays (unless...

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  • Events/Information

    When you arrive at JR Okayama Station, go to the Information counter & pick up a free copy of Okayama Insider. This monthly English publication is filled with events information for Okayama including flea markets, live performances, festivals, sport games, news in brief, etc. It is quite informative & helpful. The publication is published by the...

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