Okayama Prefecture faces mountains to the north, and the Seto Inland Sea to the south. It has a mild climate with many clear days, and, just like the title of the video says, it is also called ”the land of fine weather”.
The video interviews people who have moved to Okayama Prefecture, and introduces the charm of Okayama.
Tourist spots in Okayama Prefecture
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, which is a typical sightseeing spot in Okayama, has many Japanese houses that are built along the Kurashiki River. Not only can you enjoy beautiful scenery that is only found in Japan, but it is also fun going around the Kurashiki-like restaurants and shops that sell handicrafts.
Okayama Korakuen is a must-see sightseeing spot in Okayama. It is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and you can enjoy flowers and trees from season to season.
Okayama Castle is also known as “crow castle” because of its black exterior. The panoramic view of Korakuen from the castle tower is beautiful, and the view of Okayama Castle from Korakuen coupled with the scenery of the garden also looks magnificent. You really want to combine your visits to Korakuen and Okayama Castle together.
Ohara Museum of Art was the first museum of western art in Japan. There are a wide variety of exhibitions from Japanese paintings to western paintings, and one of the highlights is also the exterior, which was built in the beginning of the Showa period to look like a Greek temple.
Kibitsu Shrine is the setting of the ogre-slaying legend of Kibitsuhiko no Mikoto (a legendary Japanese prince), which the Japanese fairy tale “Momotaro” is based on. The shrine is said to be a strong spiritual place, and it has many divine favors that range from match-making and academic achievement, to safe child-birth and economic success.
Yubara Hot Spring has a popular natural open-air bath called “Suna-yu”, where you can relax while viewing the Yubara Dam. Suna-yu is a hot spring that gushes from the bottom of the river, and it has been bestowed the title of “Yokozuna (the grand champion) of western Japan” in a promotion ranking the best open-air baths in Japan.
Places to have fun in Okayama
Bizen ware is a traditional craft in Okayama. There is a pottery classroom where you can try making your own unique hand-made pot.
At the Manekineko Museum of Art, you can try painting your own Manekineko (lit. beckoning cat), which is a ceramic cat figurine with one of its paws raised, which is said to bring good luck to its owner. You will paint an unglazed Manekineko with your own favorite colors to make an original Manekineko, that will surely bring you good luck and fortune.
There is also an experience where you can try making your own hand-made Kurashiki jeans, which is also unique to Okayama. First you will choose jeans that match your body type, and then you attach a button and rivet of your liking to finish the jeans.
Thanks to the mild climate in Okayama, there are also fruit and berry picking experiences you can enjoy, such as strawberry picking and grape picking.
You can enjoy marine sports like diving and cruising in a yacht at the Seto Inland Sea located south of Okayama Prefecture.
Delicacies and souvenirs of Okayama
Kasaoka Ramen is a local ramen in Okayama. Its characteristics are chicken bone soy sauce-flavored soup and barbequed chicken meat.
We recommend trying fruit parfaits while in Okayama, which is often called the kingdom of fruits. You can experience seasonal fruits, like white peaches, muscat, melons, and strawberries, all at once.
We also recommend the tender oysters that have been raised in the Seto Inland Sea. Popular local delicacies include just-harvested oysters cooked in the shell, and Kakioko, which is okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) with oysters.
Kibi dango (Japanese rice dumpling) is a typical souvenir from Okayama. There are many flavors, such as muscat kibi dango, which includes thick grape syrup made in Okayama, and when you bite into it the fruity flavor of the syrup spreads in your mouth.
Ote Manju by Inbeya is an old Japanese sweet loved by the locals, where a dough made of Bizen rice is thinly wrapped around smooth red bean paste, and the resulting bun is then steamed.