Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Okayama
Population
1,950,656

Okayama

The land of sunshine and Peach Boy

If you'd like to experience charming rural living straight out of a picture book - come to Okayama.

Between the Chugoku mountains and the islands in the Seto Inland Sea, you’ll find one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens, the picturesque canal town of Kurashiki, the hometown of ancient Japanese ceramics and an unusual collection of international holiday villas. This prefecture’s ambassador is the popular folkloric hero Momotaro or Peach Boy and it’s the best place to try peaches in a seemingly endless variety of forms.

Okayama Momotaro Airport in Japan

Photo by: Okayama Airport You’ll find Momotaro everywhere in Okayama, from the moment you arrive at the “Okayama Momotaro Airport!”

Nicknamed the land of sunshine, Okayama is a roughly circular chunk of land in the Chugoku region looking out towards the island of Shikoku. The Seto-Ohashi bridge arches over five islands in the Seto Inland Sea, linking Kojima in Okayama to Kagawa in Shikoku, and is an impressive showcase of modern engineering – you can enjoy a bit of bridge-spotting at Mount Washu or take a boat cruise from the port.

Drive around the mountains to stumble on places like Yubara Onsen which has mixed-gender outdoor hot springs.

Heading further inland you’ll hit Kurashiki, a traditional Edo merchant town best viewed from the small wooden gondolas that cruise the koi-filled canals running through the old quarter. The Ohara Museum of Art in the center of town was Japan’s first-ever museum of western art and houses an impressive collection of European 20th century pieces.

Okayama Castle in Japan

Okayama Castle’s black exterior has garnered it the nickname “Crow Castle.”

Nearby is the prefectural capital of Okayama, famous for Okayama Castle and Koraku-en Garden which is one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens.

What to eat in Okayama

Peach Boy is everywhere, recounting the story of his victory over a people-eating demon that once terrorized the prefecture.

Those looking for an easy rural getaway can arrange a stay in one of the Okayama International Villas located in a pick of postcard-perfect rural hamlets designed to boost tourism. They’re great value for money and you can get a glimpse of Japanese rural living while you explore the surrounding region.

Yubara Onsen, Okayama

Photo by: Okayama Tourism Okayama’s Yubara Onsen has a riverside mixed-gender onsen.

Drive around the mountains to stumble on places like Yubara Onsen which has mixed-gender outdoor hot springs, or Kibiji, to see the ancient burial mounds. There’s peach and grape-picking in the many farms. Stop for a fruit parfait (or several) during your travels.

Potty about pottery? Bizen is the hometown of the 1,000-year-old Bizen-yaki, one of the oldest types of Japanese pottery. You can pick up a piece or make your own in one of the shops and kilns that dot the area. Check out the best Okayama has to offer below.

Trivia

What to eat in Okayama

Surf n' turf, peaches, and Momotaro's favorite snack, kibidango, of course.

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Places to visit

Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden

In the dialect of Okayama — “Koke! (Come here!)" — and travel into the past.

Kojima Jeans Street

Where Japan-made jeans were born and an ultra funky shopping experience awaits.


5 Famous Foods You’ll Find in Okayama

From surf and turf to Peach Boy’s favorite snack. Yum!

Kibi Plain

Cycle your way through the tale of Momotaro the peach boy!

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