First Time in Okayama

Seen all of the gardens around Japan? Think you’ve seen it all? Try visiting Korakuen! The 300-year old garden has gone through some revivals after the second world war, and the progress shows: the garden is now considered one of Japan’s three best gardens, and is rated 3 stars by the Michelin Green Guide. The garden also has over 60 Japanese Cranes in its park, making Okayama prefecture the prefecture with the most Cranes being raised.

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Inujima and Art
Inujima is an island, on the Seto Inland Sea, that was home to countless industrial endeavors. Before the industrial revolution, it was a source of stone for building castles. After the Meiji Restoration, it became a site for copper refining, and brought many inhabitants to the island before declining once more due to falling copper prices. Now, however, it is the site of the Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, a permanent exhibit encompassing parts of the abandoned refinery. There are also tours where you can explore the island, all within walking distance.

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Kurashiki Area
If you’re visiting Okayama, the Kurashiki are a must-see. It is an area of Okayama that is preserved to look like the Edo Period, complete with canals and old-fashioned wooden buildings. Historically, the was a rice-distributing area that served as a stop for boats transporting their goods down the river. The name itself comes from the fact that many of these buildings were for storage, or “Kura”. Many of the buildings have been converted into museums, showcasing art collections, the most famous being the Ohara Museum. There is also Japan’s first cotton mill, the Ivy Square, which shows off a brick wall covered in vines of ivy.

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