Okayama City, Japan

Art, history and tradition collide in this vibrant and sunny metropolis, where unique Japanese gastronomy and fascinating cultural experiences await.

Be Mesmerized by Okayama’s Charm

The capital of Okayama prefecture, the city of Okayama is a historic and naturally beautiful destination in western Japan. Here, visitors can explore the magnificent, 16th-century Okayama Castle, savor the region’s legendary peaches and immerse themselves in the folktales of Momotaro, a boy born from a giant peach. Okayama offers an enticing blend of tradition and contemporary, artistic style. This guide highlights some of the city’s top must-see attractions and uniquely Japanese experiences.

Explore the City’s Open-Air Artworks

With its array of public exhibit spaces, Okayama is paradise for art lovers. Among the noteworthy artistic attractions is the ready-made artwork of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, a Swiss duo who together created an impactful piece called “How to Work Better.” Visitors can also discover how Liam Gillick turned a public building into emblematic art with “Faceted Development,” and be surprised by Dan Graham’s eye-catching conceptual screen, which is on display next to the Okayama Shrine.

Enjoy the Fruits and Cuisine of Okayama

Okayama is one of Japan’s leading fruit-producing prefectures, so it’s no surprise that foodies will find lots to love here. At Urashima Honpo, a confectionary shop with more than 80 years of history, visitors can learn about Japanese culinary traditions while making their own beautifully crafted sweets, accompanied by a traditional tea ceremony.

Time Travel to the Edo Era

It’s easy to connect with Okayama’s rich history. Visitors can journey back to the Edo period, which ran from 1603 to 1867, while strolling the pathways at Omizuen, a classically beautiful, 18th-century garden, or touring one of the best-preserved Samurai residences in Ashimori, a historic district untouched by the passage of time.

Heal Your Soul in a Natural Setting

Farm stays are a rewarding and relaxing way for visitors to immerse themselves in the traditional rural Japanese lifestyle. Oumi no Sato, a family-owned farm known for its tasty white peaches, offers a variety of learning experiences, including fruit picking and mushroom hunting. Visitor can also sample local flavors at the on-site café and spend time at the animal park, which is home to endearing residents including goats, rabbits and turtles.  

Stay in an Avant-Garde Accommodation

World-class artists and Japanese architects come together to create luxurious and unforgettable accommodations for Okayama's A&A project. Visitors experience art by staying in these extraordinary accommodations. Two examples of new houses include the urban “A&A Jonathan Hasegawa” or the mind-bending “A&A Liam Fuji.” exist in a cultural neighborhood which includes the Hayashibara Art Museum, Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza and Fukuoka Shoyu Gallery.

Okayama’s Timeless Heritage

Blessed weather and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures make Okayama and the Setouchi region — including Inujima Island and the seaside resort town of Ushimado — one of the best destinations for Japan enthusiasts. But the land of the legendary peach folk hero also strikes the right balance between keeping traditions alive and keeping pace with evolving times.

Okayama City Travel Guide

Learn more about Okayama City via this comprehensive digital guide. Explore Okayama Castle and Garden, numerous cultural facilities, local cuisine, natural attractions, and the extensive city's shopping opportunities, including signature products.

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