Okayama Region attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Okayama

Kōraku-en

Kōraku-en draws the crowds with its reputation as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. It has expansive lawns broken up by ponds, teahouses and other Edo-period buildings, including a nō theatre stage; …
Top Choice Sculpture in Naoshima

Art House Project

In Honmura, half a dozen traditional buildings have been turned over to contemporary artists to use as the setting for creative installations, often incorporating local history. Highlights include Shinro Ohtake's sh…
Top Choice Museum in Teshima

Teshima Art Museum

Teshima's art 'museum' impresses for its architecture – a monumental concrete shell, forming a low teardrop-shaped dome on the hillside, designed by Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa. Visitors wander through the …
Top Choice Gallery in Kurashiki

Ōhara Museum of Art

This is Kurashiki's premier museum, housing the predominantly Western art collection amassed by local textile magnate Ōhara Magosaburō (1880–1943), with the help of artist Kojima Torajirō (1881–1929). The varied ass…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Bizen

Kibido

This kiln and gallery-shop is run by the Kimura family, one of the six original families granted official permission in the early 1600s to produce pottery in the Bizen region. It's possible to take a free tour of th…
Top Choice Museum in Shōdo-shima

Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum

Shōdo-shima was famous for its soy beans long before olives arrived, and several old soy-sauce companies are still in business here. Marukin has a small museum with displays of the sauce-making process, old implemen…
Top Choice Sculpture in Naoshima

Yellow Pumpkin

This yellow pumpkin sculpture, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, has become a symbol of Naoshima. It's perched on the end of a small jetty. Pumpkins are revered by Kusama for their quiet exuberance. Her style anticip…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kurashiki

Ōhashi House

Built in 1793, this beautifully restored wooden house belonged to one of Kurashiki's richest families. It was built at a time when prosperous merchants were beginning to claim privileges that had previously been the…
Gallery in Teshima

Teshima Yokoo House

Close to Ieura Port, an old house has been converted into exhibition spaces, with a colourful take on a traditional Japanese rock garden outside (which locals helped create). Don't miss stepping inside the tower 'wa…
Castle in Okayama

Okayama-jō

Nicknamed U-jō (烏城; Crow Castle) because of its colour, the striking black Okayama Castle has an imposing exterior with gilded-fish gargoyles flipping their tails in the air. You can appreciate its impressive appear…