Okayama Prefecture is located in the Chugoku Region along the Seto Inland Sea, that separates Honshu from Shikoku. The prefectural capital is Okayama City with a population of about 705,000 people.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Okayama.
Korakuen is one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens along Mito's Kairakuen and Kanazawa's Kenrokuen. It is located right beside Okayama Castle which can be seen from the gardens grounds. In Korakuen garden visitors will find typical features of Japanese landscape gardens, like a large central pond, streams and walking paths. There are also cherry, plum and maple grooves as well as a crane aviary inside the rather spacious garden.
From Okayama Station head east for about a 30 minute walk, or ride the bus connecting the station to Korakuen-mae bus stop for about 20 minutes.
Kurashiki is located close to Okayama City and has canal area that dates back to the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) when the city served as an important rice distribution center. Canals where built to allow boats to transport commodities from the cities many warehouses to the main port. A section of the former canal system has been kept in the Bikan Historical Quarter area, where stone bridges and weeping willow trees lined along the canal make for a picturesque scene. Many of the remaining warehouses has been remade into boutiques or galleries.
Exiting from Kurashiki Station's south exit the canal area is only a short 15 minute walk away.