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Okayama (prefecture)

When you're ready for that much-needed escape, plan a trip to Okayama.

This area of Chugoku contains roughly 650,000 residents.

The national capital of Tokyo is 340 miles east of Okayama, while Tonosho lies 17 miles to the southeast.

If you want to get stuck straight into the most iconic attractions, the Oriental Museum and Okayama Castle should be at the top of your itinerary.

Get active with the kids and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Washuzan Highland and Omocha Okoku. Want more? Okayama South Village and German Forest Kronenberg are sure to keep everyone grinning.

Come face-to-face with the creatures of the deep in the carefully recreated marine environments of Tamano City Maritime Museum.

Housed in exhibits along the pathways of the Ikeda Zoo and the Shibukawa Zoo, a wide variety of critters will keep the family entertained for hours.

Feast your eyes on the polished chrome and slick paintwork of the high-performance vehicles and cheer on the drivers as they hurtle past at incredible speed at the Okayama International Circuit.

To taste what this region is made of, make the trip to the Sapporo Wine Okayama Winery. Take a stroll through the vineyards and learn to recognize a quality drop. If you don't want a great day to end, pick up a few bottles to enjoy at home.

Appreciate the range of plants on display when you and your friends go to the Handayama Botanical Garden and Kinko Garden. The Miyama English Garden and the Shurakuen Garden are two more fabulous places to take a stroll around.

Pack a picnic hamper and enjoy the leafy, green surroundings of Korakuen Garden and Tsusen-en Garden National Park. You'll also find plenty of space to lie down in the grass at Washuzan Hill and Kamogata House Park.

If you are interested in useful information about the area, pick up some pamphlets at Takebe Town Tourist Bureau.

If you can get up to a high lookout, the view over Ashio Fall and Kanba Fall is an impressive sight.

Lakes offer plenty of things for visitors of all ages. From hiking to bird-watching, there's always good times to be had. If you feel like having an afternoon by the water, see what activities are available at Mitani Fall, Okutsu Valley or Tenjinkyo Canyon.

Turn off your phone and take a break from the stresses of the modern world at Maki Cave and Tomata Dam. Okayama Prefectural Forest Park and Kagami Dam are also recommended by nature-loving travelers.

Spend a day or two exploring some of the delightful cultural institutions nearby. Enjoy the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the different displays at the Hayashibara Museum of Art and the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art. The Yumeji Art Museum and the Ohara Museum of Art are also worth looking at.

Young and old alike will appreciate the curious artifacts and models on display at the region's science museums. Begin your day of discovery at Bisei Observatory or Ryuten Observatory Park. The Life Park Kurashiki Science Center and Okayama Astronomical Museum are also great options to go check out.

Okayama is a frenzy of artistic activity, with galleries and exhibition spaces all over the place. Swing by the Manekineko Museum of Art and the Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall for the best of what this creative hotspot has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Bizen LatinAmerica Museum and the Takahashishi Nariwa Museum are also well worth your time.

History comes to life at the Mimasaka City Museum of History and Folklore and the Takahashi History and Art Museum thanks to their excellent range of thoughtful displays. Do you like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Katsuyama Local Historical Museum and the Okayama Prefectural Museum.

The Okayama University and the Momotaro Statue are certainly worth planning a trip to, even if you're not that into history. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at Bikan Historical Area and Kagura Folklore Museum.

Make some time to see the awesome castles and watchtowers in the area. You can be sure your children will have fun pretending that they're medieval maids and maidens at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Ki Castle and Tsuyama Castle.

Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you're sure enjoy an afternoon at Kibitsu Shrine and Achi Shrine. If you'd be interested to check out some more religious sites, head to the Yomeirazu Kannon Temple and Anatoyama Shrine.

Okayama's most famed sights sometimes overshadow its less known, yet equally rewarding activities. Two good places to start off with are Great Seto Bridge and the Tsuguro Riverside Park. Also, think about checking out Canal Area and Osayama Autocamp Ground if time allows.


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Dormy Inn Kurashiki Natural Hot Spring

Dormy Inn Kurashiki Natural Hot Spring

3-21-11 Achi, Kurashiki
4.3
of 5, from 361 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kurashiki, this hotel is steps away from Kurashiki Story Museum, Ohara Museum of Art and Ohashi House. Kurashiki Museum of Folkcraft and Kurashiki Archaeological Museum are also within 5 minutes.

£59
Hotel Granvia Okayama

Hotel Granvia Okayama

1-5 kitaku Ekimoto-cho, Okayama
4.3
of 5, from 385 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Okayama, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Aeon Mall Okayama, Oriental Museum and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art. Okayama Castle and Hayashibara Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£44
Okayama Koraku Hotel

Okayama Koraku Hotel

5-1 Heiwacho, Kita-ku, Okayama
4.5
of 5, from 567 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Okayama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Momotaro Statue and Aeon Mall Okayama. Oriental Museum and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art are also within 15 minutes.

£50
Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama

Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama

1-7 Ekimotomachi, Kita-ku, Okayama
4.2
of 5, from 209 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Okayama, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aeon Mall Okayama and Momotaro Statue. Oriental Museum and Hayashibara Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£28
APA Hotel Okayamaeki-Higashiguchi

APA Hotel Okayamaeki-Higashiguchi

1-3-12 Shimoishii Kita-ku, Okayama
3.7
of 5, from 303 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Okayama, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aeon Mall Okayama, Oriental Museum, and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art. Okayama Castle and Hayashibara Museum of Art are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£41
Centurion Hotel & Spa Kurashiki

Centurion Hotel & Spa Kurashiki

2-4-6, Achi, Kurashiki
3.9
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kurashiki, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki, Ario Mall Kurashiki and Ohashi House. Kurashiki Story Museum and Ohara Museum of Art are also within 15 minutes.

£35
Hotel Maira

Hotel Maira

8-16, Nishiki-machi, Kita-ku, Okayama
4.1
of 5, from 329 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Okayama, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aeon Mall Okayama, Oriental Museum and Hayashibara Museum of Art. Okayama Castle and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£34
Hotel River Side

Hotel River Side

4-11 Nishikimachi,Kita-ku, Okayama
3.8
of 5, from 142 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Okayama, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aeon Mall Okayama, Oriental Museum and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art. Okayama Castle and Hayashibara Museum of Art are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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