When you visit Japan for the first time, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka are probably the cities on your itinerary. For those of you on your second trip, consider flying into the Kansai region and out of Fukuoka this time!Read more
Kurashiki City (倉敷市) is more than just the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区). Not too far from this popular attraction, there are a couple of unique spots that might excite you if you are a collector or a Japanese sword admirer. Just a 40 minutes’ train ride away, you will be able to source Japan’s best denim from Kojima District. And, you will get one of the best views of the Seto Ōhashi Bridge (瀬戸大橋) and the Seto Inland Sea!Read more
If you enjoy strolling along the beach as the sun slowly disappears from the horizon, be sure to stop by Setouchi City (瀬戸内市) in Okayama Prefecture. The sunset you will be seeing was chosen to be one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan! If you decide to book a “sunset kayaking course”, you can even paddle your way in between the small islands scattered along the Seto Inland Sea to search for your perfect sunset viewing spot (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more
Maniwa City (真庭市), located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture, is the place to be for all dairy lovers. The soft-serve ice cream and the cheese made from hundreds of Jersey cows’ milk, are the must-try especially if you plan to go to the Hiruzen Highlands!
The city is also known as one of the best places to be during the cherry blossom season. Spots such as the cherry blossom tunnel and a gigantic thousand-year-old cherry blossom tree atop a hill are the places you won’t want to miss when you visit Japan in spring. There are even a few places where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms and autumn foliage at the same time (*’▽’).Read more
Shinjō Village (新庄村) is a village located in Maniwa District, Okayama Prefecture. Whilst the village itself doesn’t have many attractions, it was still able to attract large crowds of visitors each year in spring! If you come to West Japan during the cherry blossom season, the Gaisen Zakura Street in Shinjō Village is one of the places that you wouldn’t want to miss out (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more
Hiruzen Highlands (蒜山高原), also known as Hiruzen Plateau is one of the best highland resorts in Western Japan. It is reminiscent of Karuizawa near Tokyo. While it might be less fashionable in terms of architecture, it has a lot more capacity for you to enjoy nature. At the same time, there are still stylish boutique shops for you to visit just when you start missing the urban life (´▽｀*). Renowned as a summer resort, cycling through the 29km well-maintained bike road is the most enjoyable activity to avoid the summer heat!Read more
Okayama Prefecture in the western part of the Japan’s main island is definitely not known for limestone caves. However, if you drop by Niimi City (新見市), you will encounter a few of the most fascinating limestone caves you will ever see!Read more
Whether you are a Japanese or a foreigner, Okayama is certainly not the prefecture that people would think of when it comes to limestone caves. This is great news for the limestone cave lovers who are reading this article because the fantastically lit-up caves won’t be surrounded by crowds of people even during the Golden Week!Read more
Inujima (犬島) is an artistic island in Okayama City. The fine quality of copper and granite used to be produced from the island’s copper smelter and granite quarry. The foundation stones of the various famous castles such as Osaka Castle across Japan might be coming out from Inujima!Read more
Mt. Ōjigatake is a mountain with various oddly shaped rocks on the border between the two cities – Tamano (玉野) and Kurashiki (倉敷) in Okayama prefecture. The view of the Seto Inland Sea along the hiking trail and from the summit is what makes the mountain a popular spot among the locals. This is especially the case when a thousand or so cherry blossoms colours one part of the mountain with its light pink petals from mid-March to early April (*´ω｀).
It is also one of the best paragliding sites in Japan. When the weather is good, you will see paragliders taking off towards the magnificent Seto Inland Sea!Read more