Top things to do in Okayama

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 Japanese in Okayama

Teppan-Ku-Ya

An extremely popular fusion restaurant for Japanese classics such as tako-yaki (grilled octopus dumplings). The best bet is the set six-course meal, which includes French-leaning flavours in pumpkin soup, grilled pr…
Top Choice Tofu in Okayama

Okabe

Squeeze in at the counter at this small, simple lunch joint and watch the team of women preparing delicious tofu meals as you wait. There are only three things on the (picture) menu; try the okabe teishoku for a set…
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…
Cultural in Okayama

Saidai-ji Eyō

Also known as the Hadaka Matsuri ('Naked Festival'), this event takes place at the Kannon-in temple in Saidai-ji, where a chaotic crowd of around 10,000 men in loincloths fights over two sacred shingi (wooden batons…
Bar in Okayama

Izayoi no Tsuki

A convivial atmosphere (though it's fine to sit at the counter solo), walls decorated with sake labels, and an enormous drinks menu – just what you want from a local izakaya. There are numerous sakes from Okayama Pr…
Tonkatsu in Okayama

Ajitsukasa Nomura

Step into this quiet bamboo-themed restaurant to try Okayama speciality demi-katsudon – deep-fried pork cutlets with a thick, rich demi-glace sauce, served on rice. Place your order by purchasing a ticket from the m…
Bar in Okayama

Saudade na Yoru

This 2nd-floor lounge bar overlooking the Symphony Hall building makes all the right retro-chic moves, with mismatched furniture, ornate-glass lighting, eclectic background music and and sometimes live jazz. It has …
Yakitori in Okayama

Nodo Nobashi

No, don't be intimidated. From the riverside street, it looks like it's bar-room only at this popular kushiyaki (grilled skewers) joint, but the tables out back, welcoming staff, English menu and whiskey highballs w…
Tempura in Okayama

Oyobe

You know a restaurant is serious when the space consists of plain pine tables without decoration to distract you. The tempura here is seriously good. Fine-battered shrimp, broccoli, eel and squid are freshly fried, …