Okayama Prefecture is known for its great weather and delicious fruits, especially peaches—Momotaro, the "Peach Boy" is the local hero and symbol—and is often called the land of sunshine. Okayama City, the prefectural capital and largest city, is the home of Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden. Central and northern Okayama Prefecture highland centers of agriculture, where you will also find historic castle towns with splendid merchant houses and former samurai residences. The historic merchant town of Kurashiki with its canals and charming streets is a must-visit.
Okayama is accessible via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. It is also served by domestic flights to Okayama International Airport, local trains from Osaka and highway bus services.
Okayama is both a regional and local transportation hub with convenient train and bus access to neighboring prefectures in the Chugoku district of western Japan and Shikoku. There is also good train and bus coverage of the inland and northern cities of the prefecture such as Tsuyama and Takahashi. Okayama International Airport offers domestic travel to the major cities of Japan, including flights to Okinawa and Hokkaido. International connections are available to Guam, Korea and China.
Farmers in Okayama have been growing grapes since the Meiji era, and they have honed their skills over the 100-plus y...
Okayama White Peaches
The white peaches Okayama grows are lovingly tended--farmers cover each peach with a bag while they are still on the ...
Oysters from the Seto Inland Sea have a delicious white meat and a creamy texture. You can enjoy them raw or grilled,...
Kibitsu Lion-Dog Carvings
A sitting dog, a standing dog, and a bird, all formed by hand from clay, no more than 3 centimeters high. These are t...
Visitors flock to see the cherry blossoms on Sakura Road along the Asahi River. Takebenomori Park to the north of the city bursts into color in spring.
Summer nights are ablaze with fireworks as locals head to the Okayama Momotaro Festival for street food and dancing. Grapes and peaches are in season, and many orchards offer fruit picking.
The leaves blaze red and gold around the city, contrasting with the deep charcoal shade of Okayama Castle. Cool evenings are for strolling in Korakuen as the maple trees are illuminated for a magical experience.
Winter dusts the gardens in powdery snow and keen skiers head to Nimi. Warm up with a dip in a yuzu-scented bath at Yubara Onsen or join the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple.