It is nicknamed "Ujo Castle", or Crow Castle, from its black appearance. The three-layered, six-story donjon has a panoramic view of the urban area, including Okayama Korakuen Garden.
Okayama Korakuen Garden is a strolling-type landscape garden established as an oasis for Load Ikeda, the feudal lord of Bizen Province in the Edo Period. It was awarded the highest rank of three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
It serves as the center for the study of extremely prosperous Ancient Kibi Province and preserves substantial precious Cultural Properties. It is opposite Okayama Korakuen Garden.
With a history of 1,200 years, Saijo Inari is one of the three major inari of Japan. A 27.5-meter-gate in red colcothar welcome visitors to the sacred spot. It stands atop steep stone steps ascending from the front approach.
This is a website operated by Kurashiki Tourist Attracting Committee. It provides sightseeing information on Kurashiki City, including Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Entsuji Temple and the Seto Ohashi Bridge.
Located in the southeast of Okayama Prefecture, Bizen City is famous for its pottery. Bizen ware has 1,000 years of history. Hattoji Furusato Village, a site of Mountain Buddhism, is situated in the north of the city.
In the season of cherry blossoms, a lot of visitors come to Tsuyama Castle. There are 1,000 cherry trees in the park. Tsuyama Festival held in late October is a major autumn festival in the city, with a history of over 400 years.
Shizutani School is the oldest existing public school for the education of common children in the world. It was designated as a Japan's Heritage site along with several schools in other prefectures in 2015.
With 1,000 years of history, Bizen ware is one of the "Six Old Kilns of Japan". The unglazed and undyed ceramics were beloved by Sen no Rikyu, a popular great tea master in the 16th century. Bizenyaki touyuukai is a cooperative association founded for preserving and carrying on the traditions.
This is an Okayama prefectural government guidebook for international visitors and residents. It describes appropriate measures against natural disasters, including typhoons and earthquakes. There are Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese versions as well.
In case of emergency, emergency notice information is quickly notified by Okayama Prefectural Government. The information such as weather warnings and evacuation information by municipality is posted on the site.
This website is operated by Okayama Prefecture. It has a search engine to find appropriate medical facilities: hospitals & clinics, dentists and pharmacies. It also has the Chinese and Korean versions.
Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea. It is well known for having attractive contemporary art exhibitions by a lot of international tourists. Uno Port of Okayama Prefecture is a gateway to the lsland.
With a history of over 400 years, the World Heritage-listed castle is well-known as "White Heron Castle" from its white exterior. After five and a half years of the restoration / preservation work of the Main Keep, it reopened in 2015.
Miyajima is an island located southwest of Hiroshima City. Itsukushima Shrine and its large gate on the island appear to be floating on the surface of the Seto Inland Sea when the tide is in. The giant gate is wholly refurbished from June 2019 through August 2020.
The museum boasts a large collection of modern and contemporary Japanese-style paintings, including Taikan Yokoyama's works. The museum features its beautiful Japanese-style garden enjoyable in every season.
Occupying an area about four times that of Okayama Korakuen Garden, the park is decorated with 2 million plants in 400 kinds. Each flower zone is connected by a one-kilometer circular walkway with a roof.
It is a ceramic board masterpiece art museum that houses over 1,000 of reproductions of Western great paintings, including Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, in the same size as the originals.
With over 800 information offices in Japan, Japan National Tourism Organization is a public institution to work on tourism promotion of Japan. This site provides overall sightseeing information on Japan in 15 languages.
Unlike World Heritage, Japan Heritage was established to register narratives which have been passed down for generations in Japan. The Japanese tangible and intangible cultural properties with a certain theme are dotted across the nation.
With 17 World Heritage sites, Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. It is dotted with a lot of historical and cultural sites, including shrines and temples. Some temples offers lodging services on the premises.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan with a population of over 13 million. It consists of a combination of traditional and modern cultures and sites. With the most Michelin stars, the city offers a wide variety of local and international cuisine.
Located in the extreme southwest of Japan, Okinawa Prefecture consists of 160 islands in a sea area of 400 km wide and 1,000 km long. It has kept its own culture and traditions of the era of the Ryukyu Kingdom demolished in 1879.
Located in the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido is the largest prefecture in Japan and is equivalent to the size of Austria. Its dry and weightless powder snow is adored by skiers and snowboarders worldwide.
West Japan Railway Company forms railroad network connecting 18 prefectures, including Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Okayama, situated west of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The total service distance is over 5,000km.
East Japan Railway Company operates the largest rail network extending south and north from Kanagawa Prefecture to Aomori Prefeture in Japan. Many of the railway lines, including Shinkansen lines, run from and to Tokyo.
Japan Railways Group provides a service to offer reduced fares on JR trains and buses. It is available for tourists making a short stay in Japan. It is necessary to buy exchange orders before coming to Japan.
Located at the area connected to Shinjuku Station having the largest number of passengers in the world, the terminal is used by over one hundred bus companies, and forty thousand passengers a day on average.
Kansai International Airport is the gateway to Western Japan. The airport to the southwest of Osaka City is the first airport constructed on an artificial island in the world. It is accessible by expressway bus to and from Okayama.
Minatomachi Bus Terminal is also known as OCAT which stands for Osaka City Air Terminal. The building is a commercial complex with 6 floors above ground and 2 below, connected to JR Namba Station.
It takes 13 minutes by bus from Hiroshima Station to the terminal. Expressway buses bound for Okayama Station and Kurashiki Station arrive at and depart from the bus terminal.
Ryobi Bus operates local bus routes, and expressway bus routes arriving at and departing from Okayama: to and from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and some other cities in Western Japan.
Shikoku Kisen, based in Kagawa Prefecture, operates marine routes between Uno Port and some islands in the Seto Inland Sea, including Naoshima Island.
High-speed boats of Teshima Ferry run between Takamatsu Port and Naoshima Island, and Naoshima Island and Teshima Island. They also provide water taxi service.
Haneda Airport, also called Tokyo International Airport, was given the world's second best airport award at the 2019 Skytrax World's Best Airport Award. It has two domestic terminals and one international terminal.
It is located in the north of Okayama City. Limousine buses to and from Okayama Station and Kurashiki Station are operated. Flights to and from Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei are available.
There are two youth hostels in Okayama Prefecture, Kurashiki Youth Hostel in Kurashiki City and Shiraishijima Otafuku Youth Hostel in Kasaoka City. Information on about 220 youth hostels in Japan is available.
The website provides online services offering information on hostels in the world and performing hostel reservations. It has three hostels in Okayama Prefecture and over 30 thousand hostels in the world.
This site is Japan's most popular gourmet finder for Muslims. There are over 800 restaurants, including a restaurant specializing in Japanese hot pot dishes, a handmade Udon noodle shop, and a cafe in Okayama, on the list.
This is a search engine for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free restaurants in Japan. Over 1,300 of restaurants considering health intention and creeds are listed. It also has a Q&A community to exchange information.
Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap City is an archaeological site of Khmer Empire, which flourished from the 9th to 15th centuries in Cambodia. It consists of a lot of temples, including Angkor Wat.
Halong Bay, which is situated in the north of Vietnam, features its seascape with 1,600 of islands and islets formed by uniquely shaped limestone. Travel agents in Hanoi provide various cruise tours: from junk boats to luxury passenger cruise boats.
It is a temple complex of Tibetan Buddhism located 3,000 meters above sea level. The white buildings with golden roofs are built on a sharp slope. The walk from a start point to the monastery takes two and a half hours.
Darussalam is Arabic for "Abode of Peace". Brunei borders the South China Sea on the north and Malaysia on the others. Kampong Ayer known as "Venice of East", with a population of 40,000, is the largest water village in the world.
Ladakh in north India is a region between the Himalayas and the Karakoram Range, sharing borders with Tibet. It is famous as one of the centers of Tibetan Buddhism and strongly maintains its cultures, including wall painting.
It forms part of the Golden Circle, the most popular tourist trail in Iceland. The Global Peace Index 2019 reports Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. It is warmer than other Nordic countries owing to the effect of a warm ocean current from the Gulf of Mexico.
It is a historical town characterised by the buildings with white walls and orange roofs in the south of Czech on the Vltava River, flourished in the 14th and 16th centuries. The Global Peace Index 2019 ranks Czech as the world's 10th most peaceful country.
Located around 30 km west of Lisbon, Sintra is a historical and cultural town designated as a World Heritage site. It was described by Lord Byron as "Glorious Eden". Portugual ranks third in Global Peace Index 2019.
The park has cliffs shaven off by glaciers during the ice ages, and spectacular waterfalls in everywhere on the fiord. Milford Sound is described as "the eighth Wonder of the World" by British writer Rudyard Kipling.
Costa Rica is ranked 10th among 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders. It is known as the only sovereign nation without military forces. Monteverde is the birthplace of ecotourism.
Botswana, which is situated to the north of South Africa, is one of the safest countries in Africa. Political conditions are stable and has a higher public safety standard. Chobe National Park is a paradise for elephant lovers.
The agency of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is providing information on weather forecast and natural disasters such as earthquakes in Japan. It has released the Satellite imagery from its geostationary weather satellite.
The site shows how to reduce the risk of heatstroke as part of the Heatstroke Zero Project by the Japan Weather Association. It provides clear explanations about the symptoms, the prevention and response strategies and key points of first aid for it.
In Global Peace Index 2019 issued by Institute for Economics and Peace, the world's leading think tank, Iceland has remained the most peaceful country in the world since 2008, while China is ranked 110th, USA 128th and Russia 154th among 163 countries.
NationMaster provides country statistical data, including the Happy Planet Index, Gini coefficient and murder rate, from hundreds of sources. According to the data, Japan is at the fourth lowest level of crime levels out of 132 countries.
Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries & territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption by experts & business people. Denmark stands first, followed by New Zealand, while Japan takes 18th place, tied with Estonia and Ireland, in 2018.
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