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.
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