(5/03)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Have a stroll and have photos taken while wearing a “hakama,” Japanese traditional clothing! (Okayama City)

You can experience wearing a “hakama” free of charge, have your picture taken while strolling about.

Dates: April 1, 2017 – June 25, 2017 (open only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Fee: Free of charge
Time: 50 minutes (up to 5 people in a group)
Reservation: By phone. If there is vacancy on the day, you can experience this service without a reservation.
Inquiries: Izushi Tourist Information Office (studio)
Tel.086-206-5124 *Japanese only
mail : momotaro@okayama-kanko.net *We can handle English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean. Please be advised that our response may require a little time.

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The bond between the United States and Japan!

2017 Cherry Blossom Preview

2017 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast

Cherry Blossom viewing (Hanami) season has arrived to many areas in southern part of Japan. It means sooner or later, most of the top hanami spots that are located around Japan would welcome sakura flowers. The map shown below indicates how the cherry blossom viewing season (Hanami) of Japan for 2017 goes upward (Hokkaido) from the lower elevations (Okinawa). Every year, Japan’s first cherry blossoms appear in Okinawa (southern Japan) then move northwards to Hokkaido by early May.

Sakura at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo. Photo Credit: mrhayata at Flickr.

The average time for appearing cherry blossom may vary depending on the weather conditions. You better keep an eye on this year cherry blossom forecast for 2017 in order to catch all the action of sakura in different regions of Japan. If somehow you miss hanami in Tokyo or Kyoto, we suggest you to head to the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions. Hopefully, you won’t miss any of the hanami spots you desire to visit in 2017.

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Latest news: 2017 Japan cherry blossom first forecast has finally been published by Weathermap! According to Weathermap, Somei Yoshino (Yoshino cherry), the most popular sakura variety, will start blooming on March 21 in Tokyo, March 30 in Kyoto, March 25 in Fukuoka, and March 29 in Osaka.

Cherry Blossom Forecast Map for 2016. Photo Credit: Kyuhoshi.com

Please note that, early and peak blooming dates may slightly vary from the last year sakura forecast. Knowing it as a reference you can estimate yourself when would Japan cherry blossom bloom in 2017. Each and every year, blooming period in particular places across Japan vary slightly from the previous years.

Now take a look at the Cherry Blooming Forecast for 2017 given below. The dates of the first bloom and full bloom are subject to change due to the temperatures, wind, and rain. We strongly suggest you to check out the sakura forecast often so that you get the latest information regarding this matter.

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Please visit: http://sakura.weathermap.jp/ to get the latest and breaking news on 2017 cherry blossom forecast of Japan. Thank you.


(3/19)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

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The Land Of Sunshine OKAYAMA ”The Charm of History” 

The Land of Sunshine Okayama in Western Japan.
This is an introduction to the charms of Okayama’s history.

~A foreign language site for discovering “Cool Okayama!”~

An Okayama Prefecture website that features information on local tourism, cuisine, and events has been opened.
We look forward to your visiting the site, and, of course, Okayama.

(3/14)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

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Let’s meet in San Francisco.In the USA, reproduce the Daimyo Gyoretsu by Samurai warriors!(Yakage Town)

Daimyo Gyoretsu (regional lord’s procession) in Yakage town, Okayama Prefecture participates in “2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival” held in San Francisco on April 16 (Sun). Total more than 100 staff will visit the USA. You can’t miss it!


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(3/05)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

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Raikyu-ji Temple Garden

Takahashi City

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 This Japanese rock garden called karesansui, which uses no water and instead uses stones and sand to express a natural landscape, has been designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty and is an important site that has existed for more than 400 years. Visitors to the garden are treated to the delicate depiction of a natural landscape through such representations as rocks and trees on the white sand for islands and trimmed azalea trees for swelling waves. The garden is particularly beautiful in May when the azaleas bloom and in autumn when the foliage begins to turn. Raikyu-ji Temple Garden is awarded 1 star in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. In the vicinity, visitors can see the buke-yashiki (samurai house) where samurai lived more than 300 years ago, offering a chance to witness a living landscape of the past.

Basic information

18, Raikyuji Town, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
15 min on foot from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Sta.
Business Hours
9:00am – 5:00pm
No closing days
General admission 300 yen; students 200 yen (junior high and senior high)
Combined tickets 900 yen (admission to Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Buke-Yashiki (2 visits), Raikyu-ji Temple Garden, and the regional museum)