OkayamaOkayama 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.
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 Japan.
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. Along with Kenroku-en Garden and Kairaku-en Garden, it is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Koraku-en Garde
Kakuzan Park (Tsuyama Castle)
Tsuyama Castle, also known as Kakuzan Castle, was a hirayamajiro (hilltop castle) built in the 1440s. Kakuzan Park, where the castle remains are now located, is a famous hanami ("cherry blossom viewing") spot.
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 of the refinery, take in permanent art installations and camp out on the beach if staying overnight. Located 8 m
This city located in Okayama Prefecture contains a preserved canal area from the Edo era. Now, there are museums, shops, and exhibition in the former storehouses along the canal.
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
The Bikan Historic Quarter of Kurashiki is split by a picturesque canal and home to a number of different museums.
Kurashiki Guest House U-Rin-An
Located in the heart of the Kurashiki Bikan district, Kurashiki Guest House U-Rin-An provides Japanese-style accommodation in a 100-year old traditional house and is located a 1-minute walk from Ohara Art Museum, a 5-minute walk f
Boasting in a total of 18 indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths, Yunokuni Tensyo offers spacious Japanese-style accommodations. Guests can swim at the outdoor swimming pool during the summer season and use free Wi-Fi at the entire prope
Located an 8-minute walk from JR Uno Station, Kikusui Ryokan is a cosy hostel accommodation renovated in 2014. It is decorated with unique art works designed by artists.
Kajikaso Royal Hotel
Featuring hot-spring baths and massage services, Kajikaso Royal Hotel offers accommodations with a flat-screen TV. A free shuttle is available from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station, which is a 20-minute drive away.
Kurashiki no Guesthouse Kakure-Yado Yuji-inn
Kurashiki no Guesthouse Ryokan Kakure-Yado Yuji-inn offers Japanese-style rooms and dorm beds in the centre of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.
Okayama Green Hotel
Okayama Green Hotel is located in Okayama, 1.4 km from Kōrakuen and 1.4 km from Okayama castle. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Washu Highland Hotel
Located just a 3-minute walk to Washu Highland Amusement Park, Washu Highland Hotel boasts open-air natural hot spring baths on the rooftop. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property.
Okayama 1-day-tour Itinerary
Photo Cred: Flickr user asobitsuchiya [email protected]/33988171365/Okayama prefecture is perfect for a 1 or 2-day rest day between the larger and denser prefectures like Kyoto and Osaka, as many of the tourist destinations are focused on relaxing, like onsen and