Bikan Chiku (Historical area), Kurashiki

About Okayama

Okayama is the capital city of Okayama Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan and the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima.

The city is an important transportation hub, being the location where the Sanyo Shinkansen meets with the only rail connection to Shikoku. The city developed as a castle town during the Edo Period (1603-1867) : Okayama Castle is considered one of the best castles in Japan. It now lies next to Kōraku-en, an outstanding example of the traditional Japanese garden.

The city is famous as the setting of the Japanese fable “Momotarō”, “the Peach boy”.

  • Okayama Castle
  • Koraku-en Garden


Okayama Castle and Kōraku-en are the city’s most notable attractions.
Okayama Castle meaning “crow castle” was constructed in 1597 by Ukita Naoie, a Japanese feudal lord. It was destroyed by bombing in 1945 during World War II but reconstructed in 1966.

Kōraku-en, known as one of the three best traditional gardens in Japan, lies south of the castle grounds. Kōrakuen was constructed by Ikeda Tsunamasa over 14 years, and completed in 1700.

Sōgen-ji, a large Buddhist monastery belonging to the Rinzai sect, is located near the centre of the city. Several of the abbots of major monasteries in Kyoto are from Sōgen-ji.

The city has several traditional dishes. Barazushi is made with sushi rice and fresh fish from the Seto Inland Sea. Kibidango, a cake made from millet and rice flour, is also famous.

Practical information:

Okayama lies on the Bullet train line between Osaka and Hiroshima.

  • From Osaka Station to Okayama Station by train (185km) (60mins)
  • From Hiroshima Station to Okayama Station(162km)(40mins)

Okayama on our Google map

Our packages includes Okayama

Himeji castle

Contrasts of Japan (9 days)

From £ 1,945 p/person
This 9-day tour visits the highlights of Japan on a guided coach tour. See Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, ending in Hiroshima or Tokyo. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.


South Japan Express (6 days)

From £ 1,279 p/person
This coach tour will be operated regularly during 2018/19 (departure day from Osaka: Thursday). Join this group tour to travel south from Osaka and visit Kurashiki, Hiroshima and the island of Shikoku, returning to Osaka. Group tour by coach with English-speaking guide throughout.

The torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Wonders of Japan (11 days)

From £ 2,505 p/person
See Japan by coach! This 11-day trip visits Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima and Matsuyama, ending in Osaka. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2019.

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