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Okayama
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Korakuen with Okayama Castle in the background

Okayama 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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Attractions
 1  Korakuen Garden
Outstanding Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 85/100 (278 votes)
Visited by: 529 users
 2  Kibi Plain
Charming plain with attractive cycling route.
User rating: 83/100 (29 votes)
Visited by: 57 users
 3  Okayama Castle
Reconstruction of the former castle.
User rating: 71/100 (237 votes)
Visited by: 491 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.
Side Trips from Okayama
 1  Naoshima
Small island with a lot of modern art.
User rating: 87/100 (83 votes)
Visited by: 162 users
 2  Inujima Island
Small island turned into a modern art site.
User rating: 91/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 24 users
 3  Bitchu-Takahashi
Pretty town with original mountaintop castle.
User rating: 83/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 59 users
 4  Kurashiki
City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
User rating: 79/100 (308 votes)
Visited by: 682 users
 5  Onomichi
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 78/100 (115 votes)
Visited by: 281 users
 

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

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120.  Okayama   75/100
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32.  Matsumoto   898
33.  Kagoshima   859
34.  Izu Peninsula   824
35.  Aso   804

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