Welcome to Okayama
The jewel of Okayama (岡山) is Kōraku-en, one of Japan's three most attractive gardens. Its spring cherry blossoms and autumnal maple trees are overlooked by the city's crow-black castle. Together the striking pair make an enjoyable three-hour stroll and a good reason to step off the shinkansen on the way to Hiroshima. If you have a few days up your sleeve, make well-connected Okayama your base for day trips to other attractions in the region and side trips to the art islands in the Inland Sea.
The city is proud of its connection to Momotarō, the demon-quelling 'Peach Boy' hero of one of Japan's best-known folk tales. You'll spot his face beaming out at you all over town.