Chugoku Okayama Gorgeous history within easy reach
Okayama has stunning gardens, an imposing castle and the historic canal district of Kurashiki
How to Get There
Okayama is easily accessible via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. 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 region and Shikoku. There is also good train and bus coverage around the northern cities of the prefecture such as Tsuyama and Takahashi. Okayama International Airport offers domestic flights to the major cities of Japan, including to Okinawa and Hokkaido. International connections are available to Guam, Korea and China.
- Exploring Kurashiki’s Bikan Historical Quarter
- Strolling through Korakuen, one of Japan's three greatest gardens
- Okayama Castle and the view from the castle grounds
- The local specialty, kibi dango sweets, made from mochi rice
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Farmers in Okayama have been growing grapes since the Meiji era, and they have honed their skills over the 100-plus years. They produce red, green, purple and even black varieties, all with different flavors and textures, including the Muscat of Alexandria variety. The latter holds a 90 percent market share in Japan, and for good reason.
Produced in one of Japan’s six ancient potting centers, Bizen yaki has been around since the 5th century. Slow-firing techniques and natural ash give this stoneware its durability and abstract patterns. No two pieces are alike.
Okayama White Peaches
The white peaches Okayama grows are lovingly tended—farmers cover each peach with a bag while they are still on the tree to ensure soft skin and encourage ripening. The peaches are very sweet and exceptionally soft.
Oysters from the Seto Inland Sea have a delicious white meat and a creamy texture. You can enjoy them raw or grilled, but the most popular way to eat them locally is in okonomiyaki, a savory oyster pancake.
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 the Kibitsu komainu, amulets to protect from theft, fire, and choking on one’s food. These amulets are only produced in Okayama where they're sold at the Kibitsu shrine.
Katsuyama Bamboo Basketry
Bamboo has been a multifaceted resource in Japan since time immemorial. This eco-friendly, sturdy and renewable form of grass is used to make Katsuyama take zaiku, baskets formed of untreated green bamboo.
Visitors flock to see the cherry blossoms on Sakura Road along the Asahi River in Okayama City. 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 changing leaves blaze red and gold around the city. Cool evenings are perfect for strolling around Korakuen as the maple trees are illuminated.
Warm up with a dip in a yuzu-scented bath at Yubara Onsen or join the Naked Man Festival at Saidaiji Temple.