Korakuen with Okayama Castle in the background
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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Outstanding Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 85/100 (289 votes)
Visited by: 546 users
Charming plain with attractive cycling route.
User rating: 83/100 (31 votes)
Visited by: 59 users
Reconstruction of the former castle.
User rating: 71/100 (245 votes)
Visited by: 510 users
Small island with a lot of modern art.
User rating: 88/100 (88 votes)
Visited by: 171 users
Small island turned into a modern art site.
User rating: 89/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 26 users
Pretty town with original mountaintop castle.
User rating: 84/100 (29 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
User rating: 79/100 (325 votes)
Visited by: 721 users
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 78/100 (124 votes)
Visited by: 299 users
Igusa Guesthouse 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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