Things to do in Okayama
Things to do in Okayama
One of the must visit location of Okayama would be the Okayama Korakuen garden which is listed as a world heritage sight. The feudal lord Ikeda Tsunamasa ordered for the construction of the garden to begin in 1687 and is said to have taken 13 years to complete.
The garden was built as a place to entertain important guests and to be a sort of retreat for the feudal lord so it was not open to the public until 1884. The Okayama Korakuen is believed to be in the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan so it is very worth the visit.
Another must see location in Okayama is Kurashiki. This is a historical area that has been preserved since the Edo period. With the rice trade during the Edo period, the canal district played a significant role as this was the city in which the rice was stored, traded and distributed. Many of the storehouses are now used as cafes or restaurants. When you visit Kurashiki you can surely get a feel of what it was like to be living during the edo period. Tourists can now also ride traditional Japanese boats down the canal and get a tour of Kurashiki.
The original Okayama Castle was destroyed in World War II but the castle was rebuilt in 1966. And because of it’s black exterior it is sometimes also called the crow castle. The inside of the castle has now been turned into a museum where you can learn all about the history of the castle.
The birthplace of jeans in Japan is located right in Okayama. There is a street called Kojima Jeans Street that is filled with shops that sell jeans. You can buy antique jeans, modern jeans and designer jeans. If you are looking for the perfect pair of jeans you may find the ones you are looking for here.
Mount Washuzan which is located in the Setonaikai National Park and has a viewing spot that will give you the most stunning view of the national park and it’s surroundings. You can also get a great view of the Great Seto Bridge which is known to be one of the longest two tier bridges in the world. It is recommended to go to this view point on a clear day for either the sunrise or sunset.
The Matsuyama castle has gained a lot of attention over the past couple of years. The Matsuyama castle is like a castle floating in the sky and so the view from the castle is also stunning as you are completely surrounded by clouds.
The Ikura-do Limestone cave is one of the largest caves in Western Japan. In the cave you can really see the history of the earth through the rock formations and the Jellyfish Rocks. There are also several waterfalls in the cave. If you are in Okayama there are a few other Limestone caves that you can explore but the Ikura-do Limestone cave is the most recommended cave to explore.
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