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Okayama prefecture is situated along the Seto inland sea across from Shikoku. Just 15 minutes outside the capital city, visitors can enjoy the preserved old canal area of Kurashiki. The canals and streets are lined with shops, restaurants and historical museums. Okayama is also famous for Bizen ware (Bizen-yaki) which is a type of red-colored​ Japanese pottery made without glaze but instead gets its design from ash taken from wood-burning kilns. Bizen is named after the town of Imbe formerly known as Bizen province. This prefecture is also the setting for the popular fairy tale Momotaro, about a boy born from inside a peach, so you'll find peach-related memorabilia everywhere.

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Surprise in Okayama

When I visited Korakuen garden in Okayama last year, they had opened one of the buildings that usually aren’t open to the public (the Kakumei-kan H...Read more

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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, also known as Takahashi Castle, is a yamashiro (mountain castle) built in 1240. It has one of the highest watchtowers in J...Read more

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Mount Washu Observatory

Mount Washu, or Washuzan, is a 133-m high mountain with a beautiful view of the islets and the Seto-ohashi Bridge.Read more

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Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle is a hirayamajiro (hilltop castle) and was built in the 14th century.Read more

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Koraku-en Garden

Built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, this traditional Japanese garden is the most popular site in Okayama and famous for its view of Okayama Castle. A...Read more

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Kurashiki

This city located in Okayama Prefecture contains a preserved canal area from the Edo era. Now, there are museums, shops, and exhibition in the form...Read more

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Kurashiki Canal Traditional Boat Tour

The tour on the traditional boats offers a new view of Kurashiki and its beautiful white-walled townhouses. Tickets can be purchased at the Kurashi...Read more

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Inujima Island

Once home to a copper refinery, Inujima (Dog Island) now one of the locations of the Setouchi Triennale art festival. Visitors can wander the ruins...Read more

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