Chugoku/Shikoku

A recommended course of two days and one night for visitors to fully enjoy history and culture of Okayama prefecture, and gems obtainable only in Okayama.

Okayama prefecture is nicknamed “Shiny Okayama” as has more sunny days. There are popular tourist attractions for people from other countries, such as “Okayama Korakuen”, one of Three Great Gardens of Japan, and “Kurashiki Bikan Historic Quarter”, an aesthetic area in Kurashiki, which still remains some remnants of Edo Period. It boasts a variety of products including great-taste fruits such as white peach and muscat vine, “Bizen Ware” featuring darker somber style, and world-class high quality denims

A recommended course of two days and one night for visitors to fully enjoy history and culture of Okayama prefecture, and gems obtainable only in Okayama.

Complete Process :One night and two days
Okayama Airport
Travel Time:About 70 min

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Okayama Castlepic
Okayama Korakuenpic
Travel Time:About 15 min

WalkWalk:About 15 min

Omotecho Shopping Streetpic
Travel Time:About 5 min

WalkWalk:About 5 min

Hayashibara Museumpic
Travel Time:About 15 min

WalkWalk:About 15 min

Yumeji Kyodo Museum (Yumeji’s Hometown Museum)pic
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Vicinity of Izushichopic
Travel Time:About 30 min

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inn Accommodations in Kojimapic
Kojima Jeans Streetpic
Travel Time:About 60 min

TrainTrain:About 60 min

Kurashiki Bikan-chiku (historical quarter)pic
Ohara Museumpic
Nihon Kyodo Gangu-kan (Japan traditional toy museum)pic
Travel Time:About 70 min

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Okayama Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Okayama Castle
One of great castles in western Japan built by a feudal warlord Hideie Ukita in 1597. The castle is colored black as it was painted with black lacquer so called “Crow Castle”. You can command a view of a stream of Asahi-gawa River from the castle tower, Okayama Korakuen and the streets.
You can also enjoy experience to make potteries of Bizen Ware (charged) and to wear kimono (free) in the castle, and buy souvenir goods only sold in the castle.
・ Website: http://okayama-kanko.net/ujo/
・ Holidays: December 29 to 31
・ Opening Times: 9:00 to 17:30 (final check-in: 17:00)
・ Location: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-225-2096
・ Entrance Fees: JPY300 (adult); JPY120 (school children and middle school students) (for permanent exhibition)
Okayama Korakuen
A Japanese-style garden constructed by Tsunamasa Ikeda who was a feudal lord of Okayama is Daimyo’s garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.
The garden provides a typically Japanese beautiful landscape where ponds, small hills and tea-ceremony houses are arranged on the broad grass site. You can enjoy seasonally blooming trees and plants in the garden as relaxing space. The view of Okayama castle from the garden is also wonderful. When getting tired from walking, you can have a break and enjoy powdered tea in a tea house in the garden.
・ Website: http://www.okayama-korakuen.jp/
・ Holidays: Always open
・ Opening Times: 7:30 to 18:30 (March 20 to September 30); 8:00 to 17:00 (October 1 to March 19); (Last entry is 15 minutes before the closing time)
・ Location: 1-5 Korakuen, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-272-1148
・ Entrance Fees: JPY400 (adult); JPY140 (school children and middle school students)
Omotecho Shopping Street
About 350 shops are standing in a row along the street extending about 2km in central Okayama city, which are a department store and specialty shops that sell tea, Buddhist alter fittings, kimono, and luxury brand-name products. In addition there are stores for Okayama’s local cuisines and seasonal fruit parfait.
If you do some shopping at a “consignation-type tax-free shops” for tea, camera, stationery, souvenir and others, you can easily go through tax exemption procedure at one time at the tax-free procedure counter in Okayama Tenmaya Department Store. Enjoy your shopping, walking and eating at the shopping avenue!
・ Website: http://omotecho.or.jp/
・ Holidays: Different to each store
・ Business Hours: Different to each store
・ Location: Omote-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
Hayashibara Museum
The museum possesses a number of collections of swords, ancient weapons, body armors, pictures, Noh masks, and gold lacquer works. The museum is also well known for many excellent things related to Noh (traditional masked dance-drama) and Kyogen (traditional short comedic drama) including costumes for them. Above all, “Rakuchu Rakugai-zu Byobu” (views in and around the city of Kyoto) and “Noh Shozoku” (Noh costume) are evaluated by Michelin Green Guide Japon. Visitors will be enjoy excellent art objects in a calm atmosphere.
・ Website: http://www.hayashibara-museumofart.jp/
・ Holidays: Mondays (If a Monday falls on a National Holiday, then the following Tuesday will be the closing day)
・ Opening Times: 10:00 to 17:00 (final reception : 16:30)
・ Location : 2-7-15 Marunouchi, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-223-1733
・ Entrance Fee: JPY500 (adult); JPY300 (high school students); Free (school children, middle school students and younger)
Yumeji Kyodo Museum (Yumeji’s Hometown Museum)
The museum introduces works of Yumeji Takesita, who was born in Okayama prefecture and played active roles as a painter and a poet during Taisho and Showa periods.
A number of his works including scrolls, folding, woodcuts and oil paintings are exhibited in the museum. His works are loved people beyond generations including young women, and his artistry is highly evaluated inside and outside Japan.
・ Website: http://yumeji-art-museum.com/
・ Holidays: Mondays (If a Monday falls on a National Holiday, then the following Tuesday will be the closing day)
・ Opening Times: 10:00 to 17:00 (entry before 16:30)
・ Location: 2-1-32 Hama, Chuo -ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-271-1000
・ Entrance Fee: JPY700 (adult); JPY400 (middle and high school students and university students; JPY300 (school children)
Vicinity of Izushicho
There are buildings constructed in Taisho and Showa periods (1912 – 1988) in this town which provide a nostalgic and deep tasteful townscape.
There exist unique cafés and many shops of high quality Bizen ware, interior goods, commodities, household goods of old days.
・ Location: Izushi-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama prefecture
Accommodations in Kojima
Kojima Jeans Street
Both sides of the 400m long street are lined with local jeans manufacturers selling fully original and excellent items. You can also enjoy café and lunch in the area.
・ Website: http://jeans-street.com/
・ Location: Kojima-ajino, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: See the website (different to each shop)
Kurashiki Bikan-chiku (historical quarter)
There is a townscape mainly including traditional houses with white walls and storehouses along the Kurashiki-gawa riverside around the trunk road in the south of Mt. Tsurugata-yama. Of them are western style buildings, which harmonize with surrounding structures, green of Mt. Tsurugata-yama and lined willow trees along Kurashiki-gawa River. You can enjoy shopping of local crafts, handicrafts and cakes of Kurashiki brand such as excellent Kurashiki sweets, Kurashiki canvas, and Kurashiki glass around the quarter.
・ Website: http://www.kurashiki-tabi.jp/
・ Location: Chuo, Achi, Hon-machi, Higasi-machi in Kurashiki-shi, Okayama prefecture
Ohara Museum
The first private museum of western arts in Japan with exhibition of a wide range of works including famous western pictures, Japanese modern and current arts and oriental antique arts. The museum stores interesting collections such as works of Cezanne, El Greco and Renoir, one of a series of “Water Lily” by Monet.
※Please note that you cannot see several famous pictures such as “Water Lily” and “the Annunciation” in the museum because they are exhibited in the National Art Center, Tokyo from January 20 to April 4, 2016.
・ Website: http://www.ohara.or.jp/
・ Holidays: Mondays (open if Monday falls on a National holiday or substitute day; always open in the summer from late July to August, and October); December 28 to 31.
・ Opening Times : 9:00 to 17:00 (Entry before 16:30)
・ Location: 1-1-15 Chuo, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-422-0005
・ Entrance Fees: JPY1,300 (adult); JPY800 (university students); JPY500 (school children, middle and high school students)
Nihon Kyodo Gangu-kan (Japan traditional toy museum)
The museum is a typical Japanese building renovated from an old rice warehouse with wide variety of exhibits such as traditional toys all over Japan from Edo period to the present. A traditional toy shop and café are also opened.
・ Website: http://gangukan.jp/
・ Holidays : January 1
・ Opening Times : 9:00 to 18:30 (Exhibition hall: 9: 00 to 17:00)
・ Location: 1-4-6 Chuo, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama prefecture
・ TEL: 086-422-8058
・ Entrance Fee: JPY1,400 (adult & university students); JPY300 (middle and high school students); JPY200 (school children) (only in case of the exhibition hall)