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Okayama-ken Things to Do

  • Korakuen Garden

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    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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  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

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    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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  • Okayama Castle

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    Okayama Castle is a beautiful black castle located next to the lovely Asahi River which was once its moat. Because of its black colour Okayama Castle is also called Ujo or Crow Castle. Okayama Castle was constructed by a powerful Japanese feudal leader Ukita Naoie and his son, Hideie. The main tower of the castle was originally completed in 1597....

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  • Saidaiji Eyo (Hadaka Matsuri)

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    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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  • Handayama Botanical Garden

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    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 Orient Museum

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    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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  • Korakuen Garden

    I live in Kumamoto City now and while Suizenji Garden is exquisitely landscaped, I could finish touring it within 15 to 20 minutes. It's akin to the feeling of eating something delicious but not feeling full at the end of the meal. Which is a sentiment that would not apply to Korakuen Garden because wow, was it big. Well, It is not rated as one of...

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  • Okayama Castle

    It's rather easy to suffer from castle fatigue in Japan, for it seems like there is a must-go castle in just about every prefecture. I reckon though that Okayama Castle will surprise you in a novel way as its exterior is black unlike its many white counterparts elsewhere. In fact, I think it is only when you visit several of these white castles...

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  • Yubara Hot Springs

    Yubara Hot Springs was a little out of the way since I had to make two bus trips before I arrived at the place. But I can assure you, my reader that your time and effort spent will be 100% worth it if you visit there in winter. Why do I recommend winter? Well, I visited Yubara Hot Springs in early January 2012 and it was snowing pretty heavily....

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  • Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki

    Kurashiki is the home to Japan's first Western art museum, the Ohara Museum of Art. Established in 1930 by Magosaburo Ohara, it contains masterpieces by EI Greco, Monet, Matisse, Gauguin, and Renoir. The collection also has fine examples of Asian and contemporary art. The museum itself is housed in a neo-Classical building.

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  • Tivoli theme park in Kurashiki

    The Tivoli theme park was built in 1998, based on the theme park of the same name in Copenhagen, and is popular with local Japanese.

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  • Visit Tsuyama

    Tsuyama is a city in Okayama-ken that is often referred to as "Little Kyoto" because of all of its historical sites. Walking down Joto Street, you will find many old samurai residences. The Shurakuen Gardens is a lovely stroll, and entry is free. Tsuyama's Kakuzan Park is very beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom. In fact, Tsuyama...

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  • Kibiji District

    The Kibiji District spans from Okayama City to Soja City and is marked by a variety of shrines, temples, tombs, samurai homes, and other sites that relate to the ancient kingdom of Kibi that once flourished in Okayama prefecture.A bike path now exists to allow people easy access to all of the sites in the region. It is suggest you rent a bike to...

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  • Momotaro Tourism

    For those who are interested in themed tours, particularly self-made tours, you may enjoy taking a Momotaro tour of Okayama prefecture!The main sites lie in the Kibiji region, which spans from Soja City to Okayama City, because it was in this region where the story of Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto, which the Momotaro tale developed from, occurred.If...

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  • Peacock Park

    I think evening is the best time to see peacok, because in the evening most of peacocks spread their tails. In this park, peacock can go around freely. You can touch them. In middle of park there is house for some species of birds (e.g. white peacock).The park is closed at 5 pm in summer.Entrance fee is 300 yen for adult.

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  • Monkey Park in Shodoshima

    In japanese they said "saru no kuni". The beautiful scenery of the island can be seen from this place. Just climb to the top of mountain, still in the park area (about 10-20 min walk). Entrance fee is 370 yen for adult.

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  • Shodoshima

    Last week I went to Shodoshima. It's a beatiful island between Okayama and Kagawa prefecture (one of the Seto island). Shodoshima Town is famous as the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan. There are several olive gardens here. In the island you also can visit monkey park and peacock park. It is different with zoo. In this park, monkey can go...

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  • Washuzan high land

    The amusement park in on the village, so when you ride something, it looks like very-very high, looks more dangerous than reality. You can enjoy several kinds of roller coaster as well as bungee jumping. In winter, there is ice skating rink, while in the summer swimming pool will open.From this place, you can see the famous Seto ohashi (bridge that...

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  • Kurashiki Bikan histrical area

    The ancient merchant quarter, called the Bikan historical area. This area of the city is surrounded by almost unique examples of 17th century wooden warehouses called kura painted white with traditional black tiles, along a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. The area is extraordinarily picturesque, and is a popular tourist...

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  • The Great Seto Bridge

    The Great Seto Bridge (SetoOhashi in Japanse), is a series of double deck bridges connecting Okayama and Kagawa prefectures in Japan across a series of five small islands in the Seto inland sea. Built over the period 1978 to 1988, it is one of the three routes of the Honsyu-Shikoku Bridge Project connecting Honsyu and Shikoku island. At 13.1 km...

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  • Okayama Castle

    Okayama Castle, is located near Korakuen Garden in Okayama-city, was built in 1346, and is called Ujyo ( the crow castle) since the wall was painted black.The castle tower of the Okayama castle was burned down by World War II. And it was rebuilt in 1966 and has become one of the famous landmarks in Okayama-city.

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