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Okayama | 7.0h
A Walking Tour to Feel the Japanese Beaty in Kurashiki
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Covering must-see spots that reveal the roots of Japanese beauty


Okayama City and Kurashiki City, two of the most popular areas in the Chugoku and Setouchi regions of Japan, are home to many of Okayama Prefecture's most distinctive tourist attractions. Okayama City is dotted with spots where you can enjoy art, focusing on traditional Japanese beauty such as the gorgeous tower of Okayama Castle and a Japanese garden. Kurashiki City is also a must-see for its historical townscape, which was once a place for the stocking of goods, as well as offering a unique taste of Western culture. Some of the highlights of the tour include Okayama Korakuen Garden, a Japanese garden with over 300 years of history which has been awarded three stars by the Michelin Guide for its beautiful scenery, and the historical Kurashiki Bikan Area, which has been compared to the streets of Kyoto and is of great historical value. Other must-see attractions in Okayama include museums that have influenced the development of Japan's unique aesthetic sense. This tour is recommended for those who want to explore not only the popular sightseeing spots, but also an in-depth exploration of Japanese cultural sensibilities.

Highlights


・ An all-encompassing one-day tour of Okayama City and Kurashiki City, two of Okayama's most popular tourist destinations.
・One of the three most famous gardens in Japan offers a taste of traditional Japanese beauty.
・Enjoy one of the most historically significant townscapes in Japan.
・ A taste of Western art, which has had a major influence on the development of Japan's unique aesthetic.

Attractions


・Okayama Electric Railway: This tramway is very popular with the locals. The design of the cars is quite distinctive and varies from retro cars that are over 70 years old to those adorned with whimsical cat illustrations; you never know which car you’ll be able to ride, and that’s half the fun! The line has a history of over 100 years and is a well-loved sight in Okayama City.
・Okayama Castle: The symbol of Okayama. With its unique building shape, in large part thanks to a river acting as its moat, Okayama castle presents a unique aesthetic sense making it the only one of its kind in Japan. It also serves as a museum where visitors can learn more about the period when samurai were active.
・Okayama Korakuen Garden: This is one of Japan's oldest and most famous gardens, built over 300 years ago. The beauty of the landscape has earned it three stars on the Michelin Green Guide. It is also notable for its history of gradual alterations to the landscape according to the personal aesthetic tastes of successive feudal lords.
・Nishigawa Canal Park: A park where you can feel the current day atmosphere of Okayama City. Both banks of the north-south canal have been turned into a park, which is often used as a place for artistic activities by the citizens. Along the canal is Tamachi, the largest amusement district in Okayama.
・Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter: This is the area where the old streets were laid out during the samurai period. The view of the quarter from a traditional rowing boat is a unique experience. The area is also home to traditional machiya houses that have been converted into some of the most fashionable restaurants in Okayama offering traditional Okayama cuisine.
・Kurashiki Ivy Square: This complex of hotels and restaurants, covered in ivy dating back over 130 years ago, is a valuable work of art that embodies the harmony between Man and nature. There is also a museum where you can learn more about the history of Kurashiki, making it a must-visit place when in the city.
・Ohara Museum of Art: This museum, famous as the first private western art museum in Japan, was founded by one of Kurashiki's leading industrialists. One of its unique highlights are the exhibited works focused on the unique Japanese aesthetic sensibility of finding beauty in everyday objects.

Notes

・Okayama Castle will be closed for renovations from June 2021 to Autumn 2022. Please note that in case of such temporary closures, other spots included, we reserve the right to change the places to be visited.
・In the event of bad weather on the day of the tour, the means of transportation, destinations, and routes may be changed.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY4,700 /person)

Meeting Point

In front of the ticket gate at Okayama Station Central Exit



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