Okayama

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Okayama (岡山) is the capital of Okayama Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima. The city is an important transportation hub, being the location where the Sanyo Shinkansen meets with the only rail connection to Shikoku. The city developed as a castle town during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and became a significant regional power.

Okayama's most famous attraction is Korakuen Garden, which is ranked as one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan, along with Kanazawa's Kenrokuen and Mito's Kairakuen. Okayama Castle is located just across from the garden. Okayama serves as the locale for the popular fairy tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy), so visitors will notice many references to the legendary hero.

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Kibi Plain

Charming plain with attractive cycling route.

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Side Trips from Okayama

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Naoshima

Small island with a lot of modern art.

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Inujima Island

Small island turned into a modern art site.

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Kurashiki

City with a picturesque, historic canal area.

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Onomichi

Port town with many slopes and temples.

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Last updated: January 30, 2015
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An off the beaten inn built 200 years ago. About 30min from JR Okayama Shinkansen Sta. 8min walk to JR Hayashima Sta. Easy access to Nao-shima. Free Wi-Fi.

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