Okayama-ken Things to Do

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Okayama-ken Things to Do

  • Korakuen Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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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  • Handayama Botanical Garden

    4 out of 5 stars

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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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  • RSK Rose Garden

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    The RSK Rose Garden features a large number of roses blooming from the end of May through November. Other flowering plants can also be found in the garden, like azaleas, wisteria, hydrangeas, tulips, etc. but since it is a rose garden, it's best to come when the roses are in bloom. I, unfortunately, was there a little early so the roses hadn't...

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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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  • Former Ashimori Samurai Residence

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    During the Edo Period, this was the home of Sugihara from the Ashimori Clan who ruled Bit'chu Province. He was the chief retainer of the Ashimori. Today you can walk around the grounds of the building and look inside. You cannot roam around inside the residence but the outside doors are open so that you can see everything inside, including many...

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  • Asahi River

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    Hideie, the son of the feudal lord who had started building Okayama Castle, diverted the Asahi River to form a moat around Okayama Castle . The moat made the castle easier to defend in case of an attack. Nowadays it is pleasant to stroll along the edge of the moat and watch people fishing and boating on the water. Okayama Castle is on one side of...

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  • Hokai-in Temple

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    Hokai-in Temple is a little-known temple in Okayama. The temple's Hondo dates back to 1855. At the entrance to the temple is the Nitenmon Gate, built in the Edo Period. Before ascending to the temple, be sure to look up at the large paintings on the ceiling of the gate. There are four of them, and they're quite impressive. The Nio Guardian Statues...

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  • Okayama Gokoku Shrine

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    Gokoku Shrines can be found throughout the nation. They are in fact "national shrines" and they all have the same purpose; to pray for those who have died in wars. Some of these shrines are dedicated to specific wars but many are dedicated to all war dead. Unfortunately, these shrines can sometimes be unwelcoming to foreigners, because they tend to...

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  • Busshinji Temple

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    Busshinji Temple was built in 1714 by the wishes of Ikeda Tsunamasa's sister. The Ikeda crest is located on the temple's roof tiles. The temple's garden is surprisingly large and quite beautiful. There are two ponds, one filled with lillies and the other is overlooked by a rest house. The temple is located up on a hill in what is now a residential...

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  • Okayama City Museum

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    The Okayama City Museum (Formerly the Okayama Digital Museum) is often described as an Okayama history museum, and indeed one of the goals of the museum is to foster pride and educate people about Okayama however, the actual exhibits showcase a much broader range of subjects from local history to art to science. Many exhibits are interactive, so it...

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  • Pfft! Cat Cafe

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    I considered making this a restaurant tip, since cat cafes are "cafes", but nobody comes for the food/drinks, so I decided to make it a "thing to do" because Cat Cafes are a unique experience for travelers in Japan, especially those looking to experience aspects of modern Japanese culture. I had never been to a Cat Cafe before, but I'd heard about...

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  • Takamatsu Castle Ruins

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    Sometimes called the Ruins of Takamatsujo Castle in order to distinguish it from the more well-known Takamatsu Castle in Takamatsu City, while not much remains here, what happened here is quite impressive. Takamatsu Castle was built by the Ishikawa Clan but later taken over by the Mori Clan. It was during the Mori Clan's rule with Shimizu Munehara...

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  • Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

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    The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art is museum that tries to feature art from artists who came from Okayama Prefecture or artists whose art is connected to Okayama. Special exhibits may not always be tied to Okayama but often the special exhibits also have some sort of relationship to Okayama. The museum has exhibits on three floors of exhibits...

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  • Yumeji Art Museum

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    Yumeji Takehisa was an Okayama native born in 1884 most known for his paintings of bijin (beautiful women). He did not have any formal education in art or painting and he is known for his quote, "Enough of artists!" a response to the idea that an artist needed to fit into a certain mold and that his art had to follow certain rules in order to be...

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  • Former Ashimori Merchant House

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    The former Ashimori Clan merchant house was a place where soy sauce was produced from the Edo Period until around the mid-20th Century. It was also a residence. Today the house is filled with authentic examples of the items and machines used in soy sauce production including old advertising signs. You can also look at the building itself from the...

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  • Hayashibara Museum of Art

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    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...

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  • Yagui no Miya

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    This is one of the sites in the Kibi Plains (Kibiji District) related to the legend of Prince Kibitsuhiko-no-Mikoto (the tale that the famous folktale Momotaro is said to have been derived from). The battle between the prince and the ogre took place from afar. The ogre (oni) named Ura lived in Kinojo and threw boulders at the prince, while the...

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  • Kibiji Literary Museum

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    The Kibiji Literary Museum features exhibits related to writers, authors, and poets from Okayama Prefecture. For those who are familiar with Japanese authors and literature, the museum may be of interest but admittedly, most foreign visitors will probably not be able to appreciate the museum. Although I love Okayama, even I had never planned to...

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  • Saidaiji Temple

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    Saidaiji Temple was originally built in the 8th century by Anryu Shonin after having a vision of a god with a rhinocerous horn telling him to build the Kannon temple here (he was already enroute to rebuilding the Bizen Kannon Temple which was also said to have come from a vision while he was a priest at Hasedera Temple in Nara). The original...

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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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  • Okayama Prefectural Museum

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    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...

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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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