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Okayama Cherry Blossom Spots

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.

Top attractions in Okayama

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Scenic Ride

Kibi Plain

Charming plain with attractive cycling route.
3.9 / 5
88
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Castle

Okayama Castle

Reconstruction of the former castle.
3.2 / 5
630
Side Trips from Okayama
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Kurashiki

City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
3.7 / 5
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Onomichi

Port town with many slopes and temples.
3.7 / 5
430

Access and Orientation

Tours and travel services

Page last updated: December 7, 2017