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Eating in Okayama 2013/7/10 21:58
can somebody recommend me some good food in okayama
im travelling alone and stay in okayama to use it as a transportation hub to naoshima, hiroshima and miyajima.
by blue (guest)  

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/11 16:18
Okayama specialties are:
-Demi-Katsudon (katsudon with a demiglace sauce)
Best place to get it is Ajitsukasa Nomura:
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21ca04/

-fruit parfaits (or anything made from Okayama's famous fruits, white peaches, muscat grapes, and peony grapes)
There are many places that have them. If you want to see the options, you can get a Fruit Parfait Guide from the information center.
Personally, my favorite and a popular one in Japanese guidebooks is Contents Cafe. It features the peonies:
http://cafe.nobs.jp/33001628

-Mamakari (I'm not a big fan of mamakari, so I don't have any personal recommendations)

-Kabakuro serves a famous local pork dish:
(Japanese): http://kabakuro.com/
(English): http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/21fd5c/

-Raccos Burger has good hamburgers and other American-style foods:
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/220a1c/

Okayama is actually quite a nice culinary city although most travelers do not know where the good places are.

I do hope that you are able to enjoy some of the city's sites at some point while you use it as a base for your travels!
by Rabbityama (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/11 18:28
Yes, definitely consider a visit to Korakuen (garden).

If you're mainly travelling in and out of Okayama, then there's a decent range of food on offer in the station itself. I remember having very nice katsu there while breaking a longer journey and taking a couple of hours to see the garden.

If you don't mind me asking, have you found anywhere that looks half-decent to stay near the JR station? We'll be looking for somewhere for a night later in the year. We'll be arriving in Okayama fairly late, and leaving early to get the first ferry over to Naoshima the next day, so the nearer the station the better.
by Winter Visitor rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/12 04:07
Good choice. Okayama is a lovely place. Korakuen is a must visit.
I dont eat out much when travelling but enjoyed the unpretentious conveyor sushi place in the main shopping arcade. There was also a restaurant in the arcade with a sort of wooden boxes theme but I couldnt work out what they served & was far too much of a coward to go in.
Thanks Rabbityama I will bear those in mind for my next visit.
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/12 09:19
Winter Visitor: There are three Toyoko Inns near the station. If you've stayed at any before, these will pretty much be the same, so you'll know what it will be like and the prices are decent.

by Rabbityama (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/12 17:34
Thanks, Rabbityama. Much appreciated. Toyoko Inn will do us just fine. All we need is to get our heads down and to be up and ready for an early train out of Okayama so we can get the first ferry out of Uno to Naoshima.
by Winter Visitor rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/12 21:41
Im looking @the maira hotel
heard some good things about it
cheap
within 7 min distance of the station
good reviews on traveladvisor
free breakfast

thanks for all the anwers
i found this site
http://foodietopography.wordpress.com/
with some great reviews of restaurants in okayama
by blue (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/12 23:16
Thanks, Rabbityama and blue. Much appreciated.
by Winter Visitor rate this post as useful

Re: Eating in Okayama 2013/7/15 06:53
Maira Hotel is great, stayed there myself. Free drinks machine in the lobby and free breakfast. There's also a nice cafe not far from it that does good coffee, pastries and breakfast.

Food wise, if you nip into neighbouring Kurashiki you can try the Bukkake Udon. It's great.
by shakeystephens rate this post as useful

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