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Okayama | 5.5h
A Tour to Explore Japanese Nostalgic Landscape in Okayama
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Modern architecture, retro trains, etc., Full of the charm of Japan!


Tsuyama City, a peaceful town surrounded by mountains, is located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. Only an hour and a half by train from Okayama Station, it's a perfect travel destination for those who want an experience off the beaten path.

Tsuyama is a castle town established in the 17th century, and its original townscape has been preserved to this day. Here, there are many spots that invoke a feeling of nostalgia for this old-fashioned Japanese scenery. On this tour, our guide will take you to the best spots to experience a feeling of nostalgia in Tsuyama.
 
In the Joto Machinami Preservation District, more than half of the buildings still standing are traditional 17th century buildings. Going inside these buildings, you will surely be able to feel the lifestyle of the past through them.
At the Tsuyama Manabi-no-Tetsudo-kan (Railway Museum), valuable trains such as steam locomotives from past centuries will stir up your feelings of nostalgia.
On this tour, you will also visit a Japanese garden with over 300 years of history, and the ruins of a castle that overlooks the city.
Why not take a look at a different side of Japan in a city with a relaxed atmosphere?

Highlights


・Enter a traditional building and feel the lifestyle of Japanese people of the past.
・The ruins of the castle, the symbol of Tsuyama, offer a spectacular view of the city.
・The historic Japanese garden offers the harmonious beauty of each season.
・See rare trains, like steam locomotives, that were once active.

Attractions


・Joto Machinami Preservation District: This district, with a length of over 1 kilometre, is home to more than 160 traditional buildings stand side by side. At Sakushu Joto Yashiki and Joto Mukashi Machiya, you can actually go inside the buildings. It is a nostalgic area where you can feel how people lived in those days.
・Tsuyama Archives of Western Learning: This is the only museum in Japan that specialises in “Western studies”, the study of Western countries from a Japanese perspective. It’s a good place to look at Japanese history and culture from the unusual perspective of Western studies and you may even change your view of Japan and discover something new.
・Tsuyama Castle: This castle is the symbol of Tsuyama. Along with Himeji Castle and Matsuyama Castle, it’s known as one of the "three great flatland-mountain castles" in Japan. From the castle tower, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. It is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in western Japan, and is visited by many people every year during the cherry blossom season.
・Shurakuen Garden: A Japanese garden with over 300 years of history. It is designed so that visitors can enjoy the harmonious beauty no matter what season they visit. Even though it is located in the city centre, it is a very quiet space, allowing you to feel as if time has stopped. 
・Old Tsuyama High School Main Building: This is an old-world style building, built 120 years ago, is still in use to this day. Though you can't enter the premises, you can feel the splendour of the building from the outside. 
・Josai Roman Museum: A Western-style house built over 100 years ago, holding exhibitions that show how people lived back then. You can taste a unique coffee brewed in the old days, named after a person associated with the history of coffee in Japan. 
・Tsuyama Manabi-no-Tetsudo-kan: This museum has exhibits on the history and mechanics of railroads. The old railroad car warehouse, built in 1980, is lined with steam locomotives and other railroad cars that were once in use, giving visitors a nostalgic feeling. It is a space that railroad enthusiasts will love. 

Notes

・In the event of inclement weather on the day of the tour, the means of transportation, destinations, and routes may be changed.

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 JPY2,000 /person)

Meeting Point

Tsuyama Station



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