Okayama prefecture is situated along the Seto inland sea across from Shikoku. Just 15 minutes outside the capital city, visitors can enjoy the preserved old canal area of Kurashiki. The canals and streets are lined with shops, restaurants and historical museums. Okayama is also famous for Bizen ware (Bizen-yaki) which is a type of red-colored Japanese pottery made without glaze but instead gets its design from ash taken from wood-burning kilns. Bizen is named after the town of Imbe formerly known as Bizen province. This prefecture is also the setting for the popular fairy tale Momotaro, about a boy born from inside a peach, so you'll find peach-related memorabilia everywhere.
Okayama Castle is a hirayamajiro (hilltop castle) and was built in the 14th century.