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 Art Installation 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 Ōtake Shinrō's sha…
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 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…
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 Historic Building in Kurashiki

Ōhashi House

Between the station and the canal area is the beautifully restored Ōhashi House, built in 1793. The wooden house belonged to one of Kurashiki's richest families and was built at a time when prosperous merchants were…
Arts Centre in Bizen

Kibido

Kibido is a kiln and gallery-shop 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. Here it's possible to take a free t…
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…
Gallery in Naoshima

Chichū Art Museum

A short walk from Benesse House is this Andō Tadao creation. A work of art itself, the museum consists of a series of cool concrete-walled spaces sitting snugly underground. Lit by natural light, it provides a remar…
Gallery in Okayama Region

Inujima Seirensho Art Museum

The drawcard to little Inujima is this copper refinery converted into an eco-building displaying Yanagi Yukinori's surreal take on the natural world. This is more an interactive experience than a traditional gallery…