When I went to Okayama!

Okayama is the capital of Okayama Prefecture, and the biggest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima. The city is an essential transportation center. The city was created as a mansion town amid the Edo Period and turned into a noteworthy territorial force. Okayama’s most acclaimed tourist place is Korakuen Garden, which is positioned as one of the three best scene gardens in Japan, alongside Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen and Mito’s Kairakuen. Okayama Castle is found only opposite the garden. Okayama serves as the region for the popular heroic tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy), so guests will see numerous references to the fabulous hero.


Korakuen Garden

Korakuen is a wonderful scenic garden and Okayama’s primary fascination. Alongside Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen and Mito’s Kairakuen, Korakuen has the honor of being one of Japan’s three best scene gardens. It is found just close to Okayama Castle, which can be seen from the garden.

Korakuen is a spacious garden that incorporates features of a typical landscape garden in Japan, including a small lake, streams, walk ways and a hill that serves as a lookout point. Likewise many plum, cherry and maple trees, tea and rice handle, an archery range and a crane aviary are found in the garden.

Korakuen scenic garden - youcojapan


Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, otherwise famous as “crow palace” because of its dark exterior, was constructed in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. The first castle was demolished in the most recent year of World War 2, yet a reconstruction was built in 1966. The castle is situated on the Asahi River, which was used as a channel. Korakuen Garden is found right over the stream. The main building of Okayama Castle is the six story stronghold keep. The keep’s inside is modernized and showcases displays on the history and advancement of the château. Only one of Okayama Castle’s unique structures got away safely from destruction, the Tsukimi Yagura (“moon viewing turret”), which dates back to 1620. There are likewise reconstructions and ruins of previous structures, which outline the grounds of the castle.

Okayama Castle - youcojapan

Kibi Plain

The Kibi Plain is an enchanting, provincial flatland only outside of central Okayama City that is secured in sprawling fields and dotted with shrines, sanctuaries and little bunches of farmhouses. The plain is best explored from an appealing cycling trail which touches a few noteworthy sights along the way.

Amid the fourth century the Kibi Plain was the centre of the Kibi Kingdom, an antiquated tribe that controlled major areas of Okayama Prefecture. The kingdom is known for the Legend of Prince Kibitsuhiko, a ruler from the Yamato Clan who was dispatched to the Kibi Kingdom to overcome an oppressive monster and placated the Kibi Region. This legend turned into the establishment of the significantly better known neighborhood folktale of Momotaro, which narrates the excursion of a little kid, conceived of a peach, who crushes a band of monsters who were threatening the farmland from a close-by island.

A 17 kilometer long cycling trail leads through the Kibi Plain between Bizen-Ichinomiya and Soja Stations. The course freely takes after the legend of Prince Kibitsuhiko and passes a few imperative shrines, sanctuaries and entombment hills along the way. Bikes can be rented at either station and it is highly recommended to make the small journey to feel a part of the famous fairytale.

The Kibi Plain - youcojapan