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Okayama
# 30   of 179 destinations
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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.

Attractions
 1  Korakuen Garden
Outstanding Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 85/100 (286 votes)
Visited by: 543 users
 2  Kibi Plain
Charming plain with attractive cycling route.
User rating: 83/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 58 users
 3  Okayama Castle
Reconstruction of the former castle.
User rating: 71/100 (244 votes)
Visited by: 508 users
Side Trips from Okayama
 1  Naoshima
Small island with a lot of modern art.
User rating: 88/100 (87 votes)
Visited by: 170 users
 2  Inujima Island
Small island turned into a modern art site.
User rating: 89/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 26 users
 3  Bitchu-Takahashi
Pretty town with original mountaintop castle.
User rating: 84/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
 4  Kurashiki
City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
User rating: 79/100 (320 votes)
Visited by: 717 users
 5  Onomichi
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 79/100 (120 votes)
Visited by: 295 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Okayama Museum Guide
  A list of some of Okayama's best museums.
  Okayama Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Okayama.

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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.

Tours and Packages
Okayama and Kurashiki Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Okayama and surroundings.

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User Rating (by 446 users):
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Best rated destinations (out of 166):
120.  Furukawa   75/100
121.  Iga Ueno   75/100
122.  Nagano   75/100
123.  Kairakuen Garden   75/100
124.  Aomori   75/100
125.  Okayama   75/100
126.  Inuyama   75/100
127.  Mount Daisen   75/100
128.  Minakami   75/100
129.  Udo Shrine   75/100
Most visited destinations (out of 179):
25.  Mount Fuji   1066
26.  Beppu   1064
27.  Otaru   1042
28.  Kumamoto   1042
29.  Hakodate   1041
30.  Okayama   1024
31.  Ise Shima   1017
32.  Matsumoto   945
33.  Kagoshima   903
34.  Izu Peninsula   868

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