Okayama-ken Travel Guide

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Okayama

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Kurashiki

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Wake

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Tsuyama

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Takahashi

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Ushimado

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Soja

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Niimi

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Fukiya

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Bizen

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Mimasaka

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Kojima-Ajino

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2,10,0

Okayama

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Kurashiki

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  • Kurashiki Haruyoi Akari

    Kurashiki Things to Do

    The Kurashiki Haruyoi Akari is a special spring light-up event in the Bikan Historic District. It is held in March on Saturdays with the main event held on the last Saturday and Sunday of the event (actual days vary each year). It features candles along the canal, some candles or lanterns around other areas, romantic window scenes, etc. There are...

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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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  • Bukkake Udon

    Kurashiki Restaurants

    Bukkake Udon is a local Kurashiki specialty. Contrary to what some foreigners think, there's nothing strange or funny about it for the Japanese. The name comes from the verb "bukkakeru" meaning 'to splash/pour', because you pour on the sauce yourself.The original version is served cold however, you can get it served hot as well. They also have many...

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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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Tsuyama

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  • 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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  • Tsuyama Central Hotel Townhouse

    Tsuyama Hotels

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

    Good for: Families

  • Tsuyama Burger

    Tsuyama Restaurants

    Restaurant Kissa Mugiwara Boshi is a popular local restaurant, particularly at lunchtime. They serve a variety of typical dishes, such as omurice, katsu curry, and various spaghettis. The restaurant's original dish is the Tsuyama Burger. The Tsuyama Burger is slightly hard to define, because what's on it seems to vary by season (I believe they try...

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Takahashi

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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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  • Getting Around Takahashi

    Takahashi Transportation

    The easiest way to get around Takahashi City is on foot. The city is not very large, so you can easily see the main sights in a day, even on foot.The only place I would suggest not walking is to Bicchu Matsuyama Castle. You certainly can walk up if you wish. It is estimated to take about an hour, but because the castle is situated in 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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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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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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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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Kojima-Ajino

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    by Rabbityama Written Jan 30, 2009

    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.

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