(09/18/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!

Bizen Pottery Festival

                              Bizen City

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This event is held where certified Japan Heritage Bizen Pottery is produced. Visitors are offered Bizen pottery created by local artists at a 20% discount, and the chance to try their hand at making pottery using a potter’s wheel.

With a history that stretches back one millennium, Bizen pottery is one of the most famous types of pottery in Japan. Taking advantage of the inherent warmth of the soil, Bizen pottery is free of ornate coloring or painting, and is fired in climbing kilns.
The Bizen pottery festival is held on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. Festival goers love the wide variety of Bizen pottery available at bargain prices.

Basic information

Date
The 3rd weekend of the month
Hours
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Address
Imbe (Bizen Pottery Village)

Contact address

0869-64-1832

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(09/14/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!

Ushimado

                             Setouchi City

Enjoy Japan’s Aegean-like sea and islands

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The seaside resort town of Ushimado overlooks the numerous beautiful islands dotting the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea). Visitors are treated to a magnificent landscape filled with the blue of the sea and the green of olive groves. At low tide, the Kuroshima Venus Road, a sandbar stretching to link three separate islands including Kuroshima Island, rises from the sea. A walk along this mysterious road floating on the sea is a recommended spot for couples. Along with the hotels and yacht harbors in the surrounding area, Ushimado also offers visitors sunset cruises where visitors can watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening on the town.

Basic information

Address
Ushimado Town, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture
Access
35 min by bus from JR Oku Sta. to “Ushimado”
Business Hours
Varies by facility.
Tel.
0869-34-9500

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(09/10/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

                                          Takahashi City

The “Castle in the Sky” floating on a sea of clouds

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Built in 1240, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is both an Important Cultural Property of Japan and is counted among Japan’s top 100 castles. The castle is located atop a mountain at an altitude of 430 m, making it the highest fortress with an existing castle tower in Japan. Visitors to the castle are treated to a spectacular sight, especially in the early mornings of fall and winter when the clouds spread out to form a “sea of clouds” around the castle. Also in fall, when the trees change color, the landscape becomes painted in a deep vermilion as if the castle walls were aflame, offering visitors a truly majestic sight.

Basic information

Address
1, Uchisange, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
Access
15 min by tourist share taxi from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Sta. to “Fuigo Toge,” and then 20 min on foot *Reservation required for the share taxi.
Business Hours
9:00am – 5:30pm (April – September) / 9:00am – 4:30pm (October – March)
Closed
December 29 – January 3
Admission
General 300 yen; students 150 yen (elementary and junior high)
Tel.
0866-22-1487

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(09/07/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!

Yakage Shukuba Matsuri (Festival)/Daimyo(feudal lord) Procession

                                         Yakage Town

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This festival features a parade of more than 80 participants in different costumes related to the old-time feudal lord’s procession in Yakage, which flourished between the 17th and 19th century as a post town for samurai from all around the country on their way to Tokyo.

Basic information

Date
The 2nd Sunday of the month
Hours
9:00am – 4:00pm
Address
Yakage, Yakage Town, Oda County
Location
Yakage Shopping Street
Access
5 min. on foot from Ibara Line Yakage Station

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(08/14/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!

Okayama Korakuen Garden
Moon Viewing Ceremony
[Okayama City]

The Japanese traditionally celebrate the beautiful harvest moon in autumn with offerings of fruit, sweet rice dumplings and sake.

Okayama Korakuen Garden extends its hours on Monday, September 24 to allow visitors to see the beautiful moon from the Garden’s lawn, which visitors are usually prohibited from entering.

 

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This quintessential Japanese garden was created roughly 300 years ago by the area’s daimyo (domain lord). A symbol of the power of the samurai, Okayama Korakuen Garden is considered one of the three great gardens of Japan alongside Kanazawa City’s Kenroku-en and Mito City’s Kairakuen.
Centered around Enyo-tei House, which was built as living quarters, the garden covers some 13 ha and includes a Noh Stage as well as ponds, hills, plum groves, and a tea plantation. The garden is arranged with wide lawns for an open-mindedness that is not usually found in Japanese gardens. This circuit-style garden is devised so that visitors can enjoy the passing scenery while strolling atop through the garden, particularly atop Yuishinzan Hilll overlooking the garden and, as well as along the nearby waterways.
Looking out over the scenic park from Enyo-tei House near the main gate, visitors are treated to a spectacular backdrop that features Okayama Castle and the surrounding mountains just outside the park grounds. At the heart of the park lies Ryuten Rest House, which features a stream running through it. Through the flow of the waterway—directed to pass through underneath the building—visitors are able to enjoy the movement of the water flowing through the area. Taking refuge from the summer in the coolness, the former daimyo cherished spending time here staring peacefully and quietly at the water flowing by.
Japanese cranes are also bred in the park. Other attractions include the plum grove with 100 trees and seasonal flowers including spring cherry blossoms, azaleas, irises, and lotuses. The foliage in autumn also offers a beautiful sight.
During the popular “Special Late-Night Garden of Dreams” event held for a limited time in summer and autumn, the garden is opened at night and visitors can experience the garden illuminated by candles and the like. The fantastic nightscape offers an enjoyably different view than the daytime.
Shikisai, a washoku (Japanese cuisine) restaurant, is available in the park and offers cuisine made from seasonal ingredients locally grown in Okayama, and the teahouse offers visitors a chance to experience matcha (Japanese green tea). English, Korean, and Chinese guide services are also available (for a fee).

Basic information

Address
1-5 Korakuen, Kita Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Access
10 min by bus from JR Okayama Sta. to “Korakuenmae;” 10 min on foot from “Shiroshita” via tram from JR Okayama Sta.
Business Hours
7:30am – 6:00pm (March 20 – September 30) / 8:00am – 5:00pm (October 1 – March 19) *Last
admission 15 min before closing time
Closed
No closing days
Admission
General admission 400 yen;
seniors (65 and older) 140 yen;
students (elementary and junior high) are FREE *student ID card required

“Combined Tickets”
• Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle:
General admission 560 yen (15 – 64 years old); students 260 yen (elementary and junior high)
• Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle, and Hayashibara Museum of Art:
General admission 960 yen (15 – 64 years old)

Tel.
086-272-1148

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(08/08/2018)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!!!

The night view of Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden can be enjoyed until August 31!
[Okayama City]

Okayama Castle holds its Summer U-jo (Crow Castle) Togenkyo, and Okayama Korakuen Garden holds its Fantastic Summer Garden until Friday, August 31. Both are open until 9:30pm.

A shining peach objet d’art welcomes visitors at the entrance of Okayama Korakuen Garden.

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Basic information
Date
Early August – Late August
Hours
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Address
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Location
Okayama Korakuen Garden・Okayama Castle

AdmissionGeneral admission 400 yen;
seniors (65 and older) 140 yen;
students (elementary and junior high) are FREE *student ID card required

“Combined Tickets”
• Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle:
General admission 560 yen (15 – 64 years old); students 260 yen (elementary and junior high)
• Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle, and Hayashibara Museum of Art:
General admission 960 yen (15 – 64 years old)

Tel.
086-272-1148

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