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Okayama Prefecture

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Okayama Prefecture

Okayama is located in the southern Chugoku Region and borders the Hyogo, Tottori, and Hiroshima Prefectures. It has been nicknamed the “Land of Sunshine” for its fine, sunny weather.

Okayama is known as the “Land of Sunshine” because the area experiences fewer rainy days compared to others in Japan. It is located along the Seto Inland Sea, facing the Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku. Its capital is Okayama. This prefecture is famous for its fruits, specifically grapes and peaches. It also harbors a large textile industry, with over half of Japan’s school uniforms produced here. The cities in the Okayama Prefecture are Akaiwa, Asakuchi, Bizen, Ibara, Kasaoka, Kurashiki, Maniwa, Mimasaka, Niimi, Okayama, Setouchi, Soja, Takahashi, Tamano, and Tsuyama.

Major attractions include Inujima Island, Bitchu-Takahasi, Kurashiki, and Korakuen Garden. Inujima Island is a small, peaceful island turned into a modern art site. Bitchu-Takahasi is a small city best known for its mountain-top Matsuyama Castle. Kurashiki is a well-preserved canal area, featuring numerous shops and museums. Korakuen Garden is one of Japan’s top three gardens and is located next to the Okayama Castle. There are many more things to see and do in Okayama, from historical attractions, to natural landscapes, to shopping districts, and one-of-a-kind dishes. It is also conveniently located near popular tourist destinations, including Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.

Over 1.9 million people reside in the cities that make up the Okayama Prefecture. There is technically an Okayama dialect, but the majority of people speak standard Japanese. The prefecture’s culture involves close association with Momotaro, a popular hero of Japanese folklore, who originated from Okayama. The city of Okayama even holds annual festivals to celebrate the tale of Momotaro.

photo of Bizen

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Bizen

Bizen is a city known for its traditional ceramic art. It is home to an ancient Japanese pottery style, known as Bizen- yaki.

photo of Okayama City

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Okayama City

Okayama is the capital city of the Okayama Prefecture located in the Chugoku region. It is well known for being the site of Korakuen Garden.

photo of Kurashiki

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Kurashiki

Kurashiki is best known for its Edo Period canal district especially the section called Bikan Chiku.

photo of Bitchu-Takahashi

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Bitchu-Takahashi

Bitchu-Takahashi is a small city located in the mountainous region of the Okayama Prefecture. It is best known for Matsuyama Castle.

photo of Inujima Island

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Inujima Island

Inujima, which translates to “Dog Island”, is a small island located near the northern coast of the Seto Inland Sea and Okayama.

photo of Setoohashi Bridge

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Setoohashi Bridge

Seto-ohashi Bridge is a collective term for the six bridges that connect Kojima in Okayama Prefecture on Honshu and Sakaide of Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku.