Okayama-ken Travel Guide

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Kojima-Ajino

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Ibara

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Okayama

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  • Kibiji District (Kibi Plains)

    Okayama Things to Do

    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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  • Toyoko Inn Okayama eki nishiguchi hiroba

    Okayama Hotels

    There are two Toyoko Inns nearby one another in Okayama at the west exit of Okayama Station. This is...

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  • Getting To Okayama

    Okayama Transportation

    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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Kurashiki

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  • Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen!!!

    Kurashiki Things to Do

    Slightly incongruously when you are in Kurashiki next to the station, you will see a mini- Copenhagen based theme park called Kurashiki Tivoli Park. We did not enter the park. It was closed during our visit and we just looked at it from the outside. From what I have been reading on line it seems the park may, in fact, have permanently closed down.

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  • Kurashiki Hotel

    Kurashiki Hotels

    When my little team of backpackers arrived in Kurashiki, we were exhausted and not quite sure how to...

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  • The Kurashiki Bikan District.

    Kurashiki Things to Do

    According to my guide book the word Kurashiki means an area of warehouses. The historical Kurashiki Bikan District is filled with old converted warehouse. It also has a canal along which supplies were ferried to and from these warehouses in the nineteenth century. At that time there was a cotton textile mill in Kurashiki. Nowadays the old buildings...

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Tsuyama

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  • A New Way to Dine

    Tsuyama Restaurants

    At Yokono Falls, there is an interesting restaurant where you can try Somen Nagashi (Flowing Somen). At this restaurant, you sit on benches and at each table, there is a bamboo chute. Water runs down the bamboo, and when customers sit at a table, noodles come down the chute in the water. To eat, you simply put your chopsticks in the water and the...

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  • Tsuyama Central Hotel Townhouse

    Tsuyama Hotels

    2-2 Otemachi, Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, 708-0023, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • Tourist Center Restaurant

    Tsuyama Restaurants

    Yoshino is a restaurant attached to the Tourist Information Center below Tsuyama Castle. It's one of the Horumon Udon restaurants. It's also one of the restaurants where you can try Sozuri Udon. Sozuri nabe is one of Tsuyama's most recent specialties, but here you can get the sozuri (essentially just small bits of beef) in yakiudon. If you like the...

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Ushimado

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  • Yumeji Seika and Shonen Sanso

    Ushimado Things to Do

    The Yumeji Seika is the birthplace and childhood home of Yumeji Takehisa, a famous early 20th century Japanese artist known for his paintings of beautiful women although he actually has a much wider range of works. His childhood home is small and modest but interesting. You can enter his bedroom which is quite interesting.The Shonen Sanso is near...

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  • Bizen Osafune Sword Museum

    Ushimado Things to Do

    The former Bizen Province spanned the area of southern Okayama Prefecture from Bizen to Okayama City and the area that is now Setouchi was where the famous Bizen swords were produced. Back in the days of the samurai, Bizen swords were considered to be among the best quality in the country. The Bizen Osafune Sword Museum was built in order to...

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  • Yokeiji Temple

    Ushimado Things to Do

    Yokeiji Temple is a historic temple dating back to 1570. It's built atop Ueterasan (Mt. Uetera) The main hall is small, but the temple complex is larger with many buildings, including the pagoda which was built in 1815 and has been designated an Okayama Prefecture Important Cultural Property. Yokeiji is the 2nd temple of the Chugoku 33 Temple...

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Fukiya

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  • Public transport to Fukiya: train and...

    Fukiya Transportation

    The bottle-neck in public transport to Fukiya is the bus: there are three buses a day, so don't miss yours! However, the bus drivers we met were very friendly, helpful and more than willing to share their knowledge of English, or failing that, to show by handsigns the right places to get off and on the bus. If you take the morning bus (leaving...

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  • Getting To Fukiya

    Fukiya Transportation

    The best way to get to Fukiya is by car. Fukiya is located on Route 85 between Niimi City and Takahashi City. The roads can be a bit windy, but it's not so difficult to reach.You can also take a taxi to the area from Takahashi Station.(The website provides a rough map, including attractions)

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  • Fukiya Furusato Village

    Fukiya Things to Do

    Fukiya Furusato Village is a pleasant town tucked away between the cities of Takahashi and Niimi in Okayama Prefecture. The town used to be a booming copper mining town back in the Meiji era, and the buildings you see today date back to this time (over 100 years ago). One unique feature about this town that is unlike many other Furusato Villages in...

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Bizen

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  • Amatsu Shrine

    Bizen Things to Do

    Amatsu Shrine is located in Bizen's pottery town and is one of the most popular sites to visit aside from the pottery shops. All of the shrine's tiles are made from Bizen pottery, along with the statues. Actual pots are also placed along the walls lining the stairs to the shrine. There are statues of the twelve zodiac animals, as well. The pottery...

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  • Bizen Pottery Sites (Inbe Area)

    Bizen Things to Do

    One of the reasons people visit Bizen is to see, buy, make, and learn about Bizen Pottery. The area around Inbe Station is where the pottery sites are located. The Bizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Museum is a great place to learn about the history, and the streets are lined with shops selling pottery made by the shops' owners. There are...

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  • Bizen Pottery Art Museum

    Bizen Things to Do

    The Bizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Art Museum is the best place to learn about Bizen pottery. The first and crudest form of Bizen pottery was made during the Kofun Period and developed during the Heian, Kamakura, and Muromachi Periods to resemble what it looks like today. The museum has Bizen pottery from throughout its history on...

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Mimasaka

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  • Kasane Iwa

    Mimasaka Things to Do

    The Kasane Iwa is related to the story of Sanbutaro, the legendary giant of Mimasaka. It is said that at one point, Sanbutaro picked up an onigiri with chopsticks and when he bit into it, there was a small stone inside. Of course, he didn't eat the stone, so when he discovered it, he removed it. That stone is the Kasane Iwa and it sits here around...

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  • Getting to Mimasaka (JR)

    Mimasaka Transportation

    The Kishin Line runs through Mimasaka. The line starts in Himeji and runs all the way to Niimi, although the trains themselves do not run from one to the other. Most people will have to transfer at Tsuyama or Sayo.Mimasaka's stations are Hayashino, Narahara, Mimasaka-Emi, and Mimasaka-Doi.Hayashino Station is the nearest station to Yunogo Onsen....

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  • Getting to the Musashi Sites

    Mimasaka Transportation

    The Musashi Miyamoto Village area and Ohara Street are served by the Chizu Line, which begins at Kamigori Station (in Hyogo Prefecture), crosses through Okayama Prefecture, including here in Mimasaka, and ends at Chizu Station in Tottori Prefecture.Only two of the stations on this line are located in Mimasaka: MiyamotoMusashi Station and Ohara...

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Wake

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  • Wisteria Park

    Wake Things to Do

    One of Wake's most famous sites is the Wisteria Park (Fuji Koen). They make the claim to be Japan's number one place to see wisteria. I can't say whether it's true or not, but it may be true at least to say that Wake's Wisteria Park has the most variety of wisteria. Each tree is a different species native to a different part of Japan and some are...

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  • Katatetsu Roman Kaido

    Wake Things to Do

    The Katatetsu Roman Kaido is a cycling trail created from an abandoned train route. It was called the Katakami Line and ran from Bizen to Misaki. It was in operation from 1919 to 1991 and the cycling trail was opened in 2003. Although the railway is gone one of the highlights of the course are all of the parts of the railway that have been...

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  • Nature Preservation Center

    Wake Things to Do

    The Nature Preservation Center in Wake is home to one of only a few Crane Sanctuaries in Japan. This is the highlight for most visitors. There are many red-crested cranes (tanchou) bread here. If you come at the right time of year you will even be able to see crane chicks. I came too early, so the mothers were still nesting, but I'd love to have...

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Niimi

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  • Ikura waterfall

    Niimi Things to Do

    The waterfall just at the outside of cave entrance. Not so big waterfall, but quite tall. It is free of charge.

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  • Niimi Grand Hotel Miyoshiya

    Niimi Hotels

    2456 Takao, Niimi, Okayama Prefecture, 718-0003ã??, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Ikura cave

    Niimi Things to Do

    This cave is clean and interesting, which has more than 1.2km length into the mountain. Don't bring so many things with you, because sometimes it is difficult to walk inside the cave (very narrow or have to climb up). Temp inside the cave is 15 oC, it is good in summer. Normal speed walking inside the cave need about 40 min.Entrance fee is 1000 yen...

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Takahashi

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  • Take a Long Walk

    Takahashi Things to Do

    At the Information office just across the street on the right side you can get a map with some useful information with 3 recommended walking tours. I walked along some side streets to the north until I came to a small man-made stream coming down from the mountain. It leads all the way to the lower parking lot where people walk from if they drive...

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  • Bicchu Matsuyama Castle

    Takahashi Things to Do

    Bicchu Matsuyama Castle was originally built in 1240 by Saburo Shigenobu, and Kurozaemon Muneyasu Takahashi enlarged it to include the castle's present location. The donjon and most of what you see today were built in the seventeenth century by the Tokugawa Shogunate.Bicchu Matsuyama castle is one of only twelve original castles left in Japan, so...

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  • Getting to Takahashi

    Takahashi Transportation

    The easiest way to get to Takahashi is from Okayama City or Kurashiki. The stop is Bit'chu Takahashi.You will want to pay attention to the station names, because there are three stations that have "Bit'chu" in their names: Bit'chu Hirose, Bit'chu Takahashi, and Bit'chu Takamatsu. If you are travelling from Okayama, you will pass both of the other...

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Soja

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  • Sesshu's Birthplace

    Soja Things to Do

    Sesshu was a zen priest during the Muromachi Period. He is reknowned for his paintings and landscape gardens. Some of the famous temples with Sesshu-designed gardens include Joeiji Temple in Yamaguchi, Enkoji and Manpukuji Temples in Masuda, and Funda-in (subtemple of Tofukuji) in Kyoto.He was born here in Soja when it was part of Bit'chu Province....

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  • Kinojo Castle

    Soja Things to Do

    Kinojo Castle is thought to be among the oldest castles in Japan, possibly the oldest, but not much is known about its origins. It is thought to have been built in the 7th century as one of 16 castles built during that time.Those familiar with Japanese castles can easily see that the architecture of Kinojo is much different. The walls were built by...

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  • Getting Around Soja

    Soja Transportation

    Of course there are trains and buses and you can always walk, but the best way to get around Soja is by bike!There is a bike rental just outside Soja Station. If you only want it for 2 hours the cost is 300 yen. For the day, it's just 1000 yen to rent. You can return it here or at Bizen Ichinomiya Station (you should return it there if you decide...

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Tamano

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  • Nono-chan Museum

    Tamano Things to Do

    Nono-chan is an anime character created by Hisaichi Ishii. She originally appeared in the Asahi Newspaper comic strip "My Neighbor the Yamadas" in 1991. The comic strip's name changed to "Nono-chan" in 1997 and it was later made into an anime series. The comic and show is about Nono-chan, an elementary school girl, and her family the Yamadas. It's...

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  • Getting to Tamano

    Tamano Transportation

    Tamano can be reached easily by train. Tamano has four stations, all of which are on the Uno Line: Tsuneyama Station, Hachihama Station, BizenTamai Station, and Uno Station.The Uno Line can be accessed from Okayama Station. The Uno Line trains go directly to Uno Station from Okayama Station in less than 1 hour, so you can take them without any...

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Kojima-Ajino

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    Yuga Shrine and Rendaiji Temple are located right next to one another, common among pre-Meiji shrines and temples, as signs of the blending of Buddhism and Shintoism.

    Yuga Shrine's torii gate is made from Bizen pottery, famous Japanese pottery that originated in Okayama Prefecture. This shrine is a sister shrine to the famous Konpira-san Shrine in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku), so many people who visit Yuga Shrine go to Konpira Shrine afterwards to complete their pilgrimage.

    The Lord of the Ikeda clan often prayed here at the shrine and temple, and much of the artwork inside is original. Yuga Daigongen, God of Safe Sea Travel, is worshipped at here. The temple has a rather colorful statue inside that is not so common in other temples. You can also take pictures freely, which is also unusual in other temples.

    Rendaiji Temple Yuga Shrine's Torii Gate of Bizen Pottery Yuga Shrine Altar to Pray for Love at Yuga Shrine
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Ibara

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  • Denchu Art Museum

    Ibara Things to Do

    The Denchu Art Museum is dedicated to the works of Hirakuchi Denchu, a famous architect who was born here in Ibara in 1872. He lived a long life, dying in 1979 and produced many works over the years. He sculpted many subjects, but he particularly liked carving people from Buddhist and Taoist stories, so many of his works feature Chinese thinkers...

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  • Kodai Mahorobakan

    Ibara Things to Do

    The Kodai Mahorobakan is a small one-room museum displaying artifacts that have been excavated from places within Ibara. All of the artifacts are ancient with most dating back to the Yayoi and Kofun Periods. The exhibits include pottery, bells (dotaku), some jewelry, and clay figures. There is also a human skull that they believe may have...

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  • Getting to Ibara

    Ibara Transportation

    Ibara is served by the Ibara Line which runs from Soja through northern Kurashiki, Yakage, and Ibara before terminating in Fukuyama city (Kannabe Station).The stations in Ibara are Sounnosatoebara, Ibara (the main station), and Izue. Komoriutanosatotakaya is on the border of Ibara and Fukuyama. The Ibara Line is a private railway (meaning not JR),...

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Maniwa

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  • Hiruzen Highlands

    Maniwa Things to Do

    The Hiruzen Highlands are a very popular place in Okayama Prefecture to enjoy nature. The best way to experience the area is either by car or by bike. Those who come by car usually combine a trip here with a trip to Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture. For bikers, you can rent a bike and cycle along the designated trail.One of the famous views...

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  • Katsuyama Samurai Residence

    Maniwa Things to Do

    The Katsuyama Samurai Residence (Buke Yashiki) is one of the residences of the former lord of Katsuyama. It remains in its original condition from when it was built in th 18th century. It's a nice example of a samurai residence. The other structure within the grounds contains some artifacts, including old garments and a samurai suit and helmet.The...

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  • Cycling the Hiruzen Highlands

    Maniwa Things to Do

    For those who like nature and the countryside, the Hiruzen Cycling Route is a great option. The full cycling course loop is 30km. You can easily visit the area's attractions from the path and views of the Hiruzen mountains are beautiful, along with the general surroundings. Even if you do not plan to cycle the entire way, renting a bike is still a...

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