Okayama is just one of the many interesting places you should try to visit in Japan. It is popular for Koraku-en Garden, which is one of the top three traditional gardens in the country, and the fable “Momotaro”, which portrays the tale of a hero.
Besides being culturally rich in history, it is also home to some of the most interesting historical and cultural places that you will find in the country. Let’s check out three of the most unmissable spots in Okayama, which is just an hour away from Osaka!
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is a retro-modern streetscape which served as an integral destination for the transportation of goods in the 1600s. It is an integral part of the town where you can feel the presence of people’s lives. Visiting the place will take you back in time as most of the old scenery has been preserved.
This area is known for earthen-walled warehouses and villas which you can see lining the Kurashiki River, which flows to the heart of Kurashiki City. It is also highly recommended to visit after sunset when the place is dramatically transformed with light illuminations.
Don’t forget to visit the Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft in the area which is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. The museum holds interesting exhibits of exquisite household items. This wonderful area is just a 15-minute walk from Kurashiki Station.
If you feel like you haven’t traveled far back in time at the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter then why not visit Katsuyama Historical Preservation District? This is the first preservation district appointed in Katsuyama. It even won the “Beautiful Townscape Award” in 2009. You can see many traditional wooden buildings in the area which will remind you of an old castle town.
It features many white-walled storehouses, traditional houses, sake breweries, cafes, galleries, and many of the bygone traditions. The atmosphere here is truly enjoyable. It also hosts several festivals such as the Doll Festival during spring and the Fighting Festival during fall. These festivals attract thousands of visitors to Okayama Prefecture every year. The place is just a 12-minute walk from Chugoku-Katsuyama Station.
This is an elegant temple that is located at the edge of Soja City. One noticeable structure in the area is the five-story pagoda which is considered to be the last of all the pagodas built in Japan. The pagoda stands in a colorful flower field which makes it look even more enchanting. It has been designated as an “Important Cultural Property of Japan.”
Many families, friends, and couples visit this temple, especially at the end of winter when the pagoda is lit at night. Some people rent a bicycle so they can tour around the place. If you come from Soja Station, it only takes 15 minutes by taxi.
If you’ve been to Okayama before but haven’t visited these places, then mark your 2018 calendar by making these your priority destinations! These places are popular for their scenic views so don’t forget to bring along a handy camera with you. Make the most of these awesome photogenic spots and experience all the things the places have to offer!