Okayama is a small city, a little off the beaten track. Overshadowed by its neighbors, Hiroshima and Kobe, it’s easily overlooked by travellers. It makes a fun day trip if you’re planning a visit to the Kansai or Chugoku area of mainland Japan.
Okayama is the prefecture nestled a little further west of Osaka and Kyoto and is often called the 'land of sunshine' due to its good weather. This cycling route allows you to stop off at temples, shrines and offers amazing sakura cherry blossom viewing opportunities.
Bizen City is about an hour’s drive to the east of Okayama City. According to some Japanese friends, it’s apparently an uninteresting place to live. But it’s definitely great for sightseeing because even an Okayama City resident like me would go there almost every season.
In the eastern part of Okayama Prefecture lays a beautiful traditional town of Kurashiki. Only an hour away by train from Okayama city, Kurashiki is a great getaway from modern Japan. Kurashiki is one of Japan’s current historical towns that receive financial assistance from the government.
Okayama has plenty of fantastic tourist attractions. Let us introduce the best places to see in the prefecture.
Did you know that the town of Fukiya, in Okayama Prefecture, is famous for its red-brown color?