Home
Back

Central Okayama

Central Okayama's museums are all located near the Korakuen and the castle and are easily reached from the station by tram or the Korakuen Bus (see map below).

Prefectural Museum of Art

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
December 28 to January 4, and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 350 yen
The Prefectural Museum of Art is rather large, and the building and display rooms are attractive. The collection focuses on artists with a connection to Okayama Prefecture, and the museum also features temporary exhibitions.

Hayashibara Museum of Art

Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 500 yen (possible additional fee for special exhibitions)
The museum is located in a former guesthouse of Okayama Castle, and is rather small. It was founded by the Hayashibara family, the owners of a successful local business. The collection focuses on Japanese arts such as folding screens, kimono, pottery and swords.

Yumeji Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 1
Admission: 800 yen
Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) was born in Okayama Prefecture, and the Yumeji Art Museum was built to celebrate the centenary of his birth. Yumeji developed the Art Nouveau style in Japan at the turn of the century, and the small museum displays various examples of his work, such as its use on songbooks, cards and other items.

Okayama Prefectural Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (April to September)
9:30 to 17:00 (October to March)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday),
New Year holidays and irregular closures between exhibitions
Admission: 250 yen (possible additional fee for special exhibitions)
The Okayama Prefectural Museum outlines the history and development of the Okayama region, from prehistory to the end of the feudal age. There is a focus on the regional specialties of Okayama, namely sword making and pottery.

Orient Museum

Closed for renovations until November 2021
This medium sized museum developed out of a personal collection of historical and artistic artifacts from the Orient, including pieces from the Middle East and Ancient Persia. The museum also has frequent temporary exhibitions, during which time the permanent exhibition is not displayed.

Bizen City

Two other interesting museums are located in Bizen City, a 40 minute train ride east of Okayama City on the JR Ako Line.

Bizen Pottery Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission: 500 yen
This museum, located just next to Imbe Station on the JR Ako Line, showcases a selection of local Bizen pottery from different eras, dating back from as early as the Nara Period to contemporary pieces by modern artists. The museum is split over multiple floors with each area concentrating on a different theme including pottery crafted by living national treasures.

Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 500 yen
A 20 minute walk west of Kagato Station on the JR Ako Line, this museum showcases a myriad of Japanese swords. Exhibitions show the history of Japanese swords and the various stages involved in making them. The complex also contains several workshops in which visitors can view the process of creating a sword on selected days. On selected Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can also parttake in hands-on activities (advance reservations required).

Getting there and around

Hotels around Okayama

Top rated in Okayama
Budget:
    • Panda Stay Okayama
      Budget-friendly
      Offering free WiFi and free private parking, Panda Stay Okayama is situated in Okayama, just less than 1 km from Shimoishii Park. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1 km from AEON Mall Okayama. The holiday home has 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a bidet. Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Momotaro Statue, Rokkosei Memorial Statue and Okayama Baptist Church. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 13 km from Panda Stay Okayama.
      View on Booking.com
      9.3Booking.com
    • Guest House MEETS Okayama
      Budget-friendly
      Situated within 200 metres of Tanukian Bunko Art Museum and 600 metres of Houkancho Shopping Street, ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山 offers rooms in Okayama. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as Kuni Shrine. The property is set less than 1 km from Momotaro Statue and a 10-minute walk from Rokkosei Memorial Statue. AEON Mall Okayama is less than 1 km from ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山, while Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street is a 13-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.
      View on Booking.com
      8.9Booking.com
    • Hotel Granvia Okayama
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Okayama Station, Granvia Okayama is a 15-minute train ride from Kurashiki. It offers restaurants with 19th-floor views, an indoor pool with a sauna, as well as rooms with free WiFi and free wired internet. Each air-conditioned room at Hotel Granvia Okayama is equipped with bath and shower facilities, a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. All rooms are also fitted with an electric kettle. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from Koraku-en Garden and Okayama Castle. An hour’s train ride takes guests to Shikoku Island. Kibitsu Shrine is a 20-minute drive away. French cuisine is served at Prix d'Or Restaurant, featuring panoramic views. Kibizen Restaurant offers seasonal Japanese foods. Chinese dishes and teppan-yaki are also available. Sky Lounge Applause offers beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
      View on Booking.com
      8.8Booking.com
    • Okayama Koraku Hotel
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Okayama Koraku Hotel offers modern rooms with free wired internet and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy massages, room service and free-use bicycles. This hotel was selected as one of the Top Romance Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2015. The air-conditioned rooms at Koraku Hotel include a private bathroom with bathtub and amenities. Slippers, a fridge and a seating area are provided. Each room has a humidifier. Nishigawa Ryokudo Koen Tram Station is just a 1-minute walk from the hotel. Okayama Castle is 1.5 km away, and Okayama Koraku-en Garden is about a 15-minute walk away. The 24-hour reception offers luggage storage. A free-use microwave and coin-operated launderette are provided. Tsurube Restaurant offers a buffet-style breakfast featuring Japanese and Western dishes from 06:30-10:00. For lunch and dinner, a Japanese set menu is served.
      View on Booking.com
      8.7Booking.com
    • GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Situated in Okayama, near Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street, Komori Shrine and Nishigawa Canal Park, GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Kochin-ji Temple, Rokkosei Memorial Statue and Kotohira Shrine. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 12 km from GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae.
      View on Booking.com
      8.7Booking.com
    • Hotel Abest Grande Okayama
      Mid-range
      Featuring a bar, Hotel Abest Grande Okayama is set in Okayama in the Okayama region, 200 metres from Nishigawa Canal Park and 400 metres from Komori Shrine. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Okayama-ji Temple, Kochin-ji Temple and Kotohira Shrine. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Hotel Abest Grande Okayama offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street, Yakushi-in Temple and Kongo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 12 km from Hotel Abest Grande Okayama.
      View on Booking.com
      8.6Booking.com
    • Torii-Kuguru
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in July 2013, Torii-Kuguru offers free Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals and a launderette. This non-smoking property features a garden and a shared kitchen, a 10-minute walk from JR Okayama Station. Guests can relax in a shared lounge with a bar. The hotel has private rooms with Japanese futon bedding on a wooden floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and have heating facilities, while toilets and bathrooms are shared. From hotel Torii-Kuguru it’s only a 10-minute drive to Okayama Castle or Korakuen Park.
      View on Booking.com
      8.5Booking.com
    • ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Located in downtown Okayama, ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama offers comfortable and bright rooms with free WiFi, only a 1-minute walk from JR Okayama Station West Exit. It features 3 dining options and a 24-hour reception, while concierge services and currency exchange are available. Okayama ANA Crowne Plaza is a few steps from the Okayama Convention Centre and the well-known Takashimaya department store. The Koraku-en is a 10-minute taxi ride, and Okayama Airport is a 30-minute drive. Rooms have an interior in relaxing beige tones, with contrasting dark wooden furnishings and curtains. They come with wide and extra-long beds, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. A safe, nightwear and toiletries are provided. The Hotel ANA Crowne Plaza provides laundry services and luggage storage. The lobby offers free WiFi, and rental facilities are available for in-room use, such as a DVD player, an air humidifier or a trouser press. A car rental company is in the same building, and a minimart can be found next door. Japanese dishes can be enjoyed at the backdrop of the city skyline, at top-floor Japanese restaurant Kuriya-Sen. Lounge SEN is also located on the 20th floor. Casual Dining Urbano serves Western dishes.
      View on Booking.com
      8.4Booking.com
    • Lazy House
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Okayama, within less than 1 km of Shimoishii Park and a 12-minute walk of AEON Mall Okayama, Lazy House provides accommodation with barbecue facilities and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the guest house each room is fitted with a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near Lazy House include Okayama Baptist Church, Momotaro Statue and Rokkosei Memorial Statue. The nearest airport is Okayama, 12 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
      View on Booking.com
      8.4Booking.com
    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Only a 2-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae offers modern accommodations with free WiFi. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand system, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Includes an air purifier/humidifier and a trouser press, while sleepwear and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Rental laptops and dry cleaning services are offered at the 24-hour front desk. A coin-launderette is on-site and a free-use PC is provided at the lobby. Western dishes are served for lunch and dinner at the Resort Restaurant. Japanese dishes are available at Tsuki no Utage as well. Okayama Ekimae Daiwa Roynet Hotel is a 20-minute walk from Okayama Castle and Kouraku-en Garden. Okayama Airport is a 40-minute drive away. An electronics store Bic Camera is located in the same building.
      View on Booking.com
      8.3Booking.com
    Show More