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Guidebook for Kurashiki

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Guidebook for Kurashiki

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This quintessential Japanese garden was created roughly 300 years ago by the area’s daimyo (domain lord). A symbol of the power of the samurai, Okayama Korakuen Garden is considered one of the three great gardens of Japan alongside Kanazawa City’s Kenroku-en and Mito City’s Kairakuen.
Korakuen Garden
This quintessential Japanese garden was created roughly 300 years ago by the area’s daimyo (domain lord). A symbol of the power of the samurai, Okayama Korakuen Garden is considered one of the three great gardens of Japan alongside Kanazawa City’s Kenroku-en and Mito City’s Kairakuen.
This townscape, known for the characteristically Japanese white walls of its residences and the willow trees lining the banks of the Kurashiki River, has earned recognition as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Kurashiki prospered in the 1600s as an integral destination for the transportation of goods, and the area continues to offer a historically attractive atmosphere of a calm and harmonious life. With its many cultural facilities—including the Ohara Museum of Art and its collection of international masterpieces; the red-bricked Kurashiki Ivy Square, a reproduction of the textile factory once representative of Kurashiki, built on the site of the former
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
This townscape, known for the characteristically Japanese white walls of its residences and the willow trees lining the banks of the Kurashiki River, has earned recognition as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Kurashiki prospered in the 1600s as an integral destination for the transportation of goods, and the area continues to offer a historically attractive atmosphere of a calm and harmonious life. With its many cultural facilities—including the Ohara Museum of Art and its collection of international masterpieces; the red-bricked Kurashiki Ivy Square, a reproduction of the textile factory once representative of Kurashiki, built on the site of the former
The seaside resort town of Ushimado overlooks the numerous beautiful islands dotting the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea). Visitors are treated to a magnificent landscape filled with the blue of the sea and the green of olive groves. At low tide, the Kuroshima Venus Road, a sandbar stretching to link three separate islands including Kuroshima Island, rises from the sea. A walk along this mysterious road floating on the sea is a recommended spot for couples. Along with the hotels and yacht harbors in the surrounding area, Ushimado also offers visitors sunset cruises where visitors can watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening on the town.
Ushimadocho Ushimado
The seaside resort town of Ushimado overlooks the numerous beautiful islands dotting the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea). Visitors are treated to a magnificent landscape filled with the blue of the sea and the green of olive groves. At low tide, the Kuroshima Venus Road, a sandbar stretching to link three separate islands including Kuroshima Island, rises from the sea. A walk along this mysterious road floating on the sea is a recommended spot for couples. Along with the hotels and yacht harbors in the surrounding area, Ushimado also offers visitors sunset cruises where visitors can watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening on the town.
Denim fans from all over Japan come to this shopping district of reformed older storefronts to visit about 30 shops, cafes, and general stores from jeans brands known around the world for high quality. Come and see for yourself the latest recommendations and trends! Just 5 min from JR Kojima Station via rent-a-cycle (fee required), Kojima Jeans Street is conveniently accessible. Don’t forget to take a commemorative photo in front of the limited-service Jeans Bus (the exterior decorated with denim photos and interior with denim fabric) or underneath the numerous pairs of jeans hanging above the street!
Kojima Jeans Street
Denim fans from all over Japan come to this shopping district of reformed older storefronts to visit about 30 shops, cafes, and general stores from jeans brands known around the world for high quality. Come and see for yourself the latest recommendations and trends! Just 5 min from JR Kojima Station via rent-a-cycle (fee required), Kojima Jeans Street is conveniently accessible. Don’t forget to take a commemorative photo in front of the limited-service Jeans Bus (the exterior decorated with denim photos and interior with denim fabric) or underneath the numerous pairs of jeans hanging above the street!
Arts & Culture
Completed in 1597 after eight years of construction, Okayama Castle is one of Japan’s top 100 castles. After the keep was destroyed in the war, the castle was rebuilt in 1966. Also known as “U-jo (Crow Castle)” for its crow-like black outer wall, Okayama Castle is a popular counterpart to the white outer walls of Himeji Castle. Inside the keep, visitors are welcome to dress up (free) as feudal lords or princesses, or have a memorial photo taken while riding a daimyo’s palanquin, a traditional Japanese form of conveyance, for a taste of life as a feudal warlord. Visitors can also attend workshops to make Bizen pottery, representative of Japan itself, and are encouraged to try Okayama Castle’s
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Okayama Castle
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Completed in 1597 after eight years of construction, Okayama Castle is one of Japan’s top 100 castles. After the keep was destroyed in the war, the castle was rebuilt in 1966. Also known as “U-jo (Crow Castle)” for its crow-like black outer wall, Okayama Castle is a popular counterpart to the white outer walls of Himeji Castle. Inside the keep, visitors are welcome to dress up (free) as feudal lords or princesses, or have a memorial photo taken while riding a daimyo’s palanquin, a traditional Japanese form of conveyance, for a taste of life as a feudal warlord. Visitors can also attend workshops to make Bizen pottery, representative of Japan itself, and are encouraged to try Okayama Castle’s
Built in 1240, Bicchu Matsuyama Castle is both an Important Cultural Property of Japan and is counted among Japan’s top 100 castles. The castle is located atop a mountain at an altitude of 430 m, making it the highest fortress with an existing castle tower in Japan. Visitors to the castle are treated to a spectacular sight, especially in the early mornings of fall and winter when the clouds spread out to form a “sea of clouds” around the castle. Also in fall, when the trees change color, the landscape becomes painted in a deep vermilion as if the castle walls were aflame, offering visitors a truly majestic sight.
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Built in 1240, Bicchu Matsuyama Castle is both an Important Cultural Property of Japan and is counted among Japan’s top 100 castles. The castle is located atop a mountain at an altitude of 430 m, making it the highest fortress with an existing castle tower in Japan. Visitors to the castle are treated to a spectacular sight, especially in the early mornings of fall and winter when the clouds spread out to form a “sea of clouds” around the castle. Also in fall, when the trees change color, the landscape becomes painted in a deep vermilion as if the castle walls were aflame, offering visitors a truly majestic sight.
Located in Osafune, a town that once flourished as a major produce of Japanese swords, the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum is one of a limited number of sword museums and features a variety of Japanese swords on display. Visitors can learn about the history and manufacturing process for Japanese swords as well as experience the beauty and power of the swords up close. The museum features several special exhibitions throughout the year that combine animations and video games, making this a popular destination for sword fans from across the country. In the adjacent workshop, visitors can see the skill of Japanese sword artisans, including the process where tamahagane, steel made from iron sand, is
Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
Located in Osafune, a town that once flourished as a major produce of Japanese swords, the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum is one of a limited number of sword museums and features a variety of Japanese swords on display. Visitors can learn about the history and manufacturing process for Japanese swords as well as experience the beauty and power of the swords up close. The museum features several special exhibitions throughout the year that combine animations and video games, making this a popular destination for sword fans from across the country. In the adjacent workshop, visitors can see the skill of Japanese sword artisans, including the process where tamahagane, steel made from iron sand, is
Kibitsujinja Shrine is closely associated with the figure believed to have inspired the famous Japanese folk tale “Momotaro.” Rebuilt in 1425, the building at the heart of the shrine has been designated a National Treasure. However, the shrine’s grandest feature is its large corridor some 360 m long. While heading to the rear of the corridor, which stretches out in a straight line, visitors will be able to see beautiful seasonal flowers along both sides of the corridor. Starting with cherry blossoms in early spring and peonies and azaleas in May, the shrine offers many worthwhile sights, most notably the 1,500 hydrangeas that fully bloom every June in the “Ajisai-en Garden (Hydrangea Garden)
Kibitsu Shrine
Kibitsujinja Shrine is closely associated with the figure believed to have inspired the famous Japanese folk tale “Momotaro.” Rebuilt in 1425, the building at the heart of the shrine has been designated a National Treasure. However, the shrine’s grandest feature is its large corridor some 360 m long. While heading to the rear of the corridor, which stretches out in a straight line, visitors will be able to see beautiful seasonal flowers along both sides of the corridor. Starting with cherry blossoms in early spring and peonies and azaleas in May, the shrine offers many worthwhile sights, most notably the 1,500 hydrangeas that fully bloom every June in the “Ajisai-en Garden (Hydrangea Garden)
The symbol of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this private museum features Western works of art in an eye-catching building styled after a Greek temple. Based on Ohara Magosaburo’s collection of Western art, Ohara Art Museum features a large collection of world-famous paintings and work such as one of El Greco’s “Annunciation” and Monet’s “Water Lilies.” The museum also features a pond with water lilies propagated from Monet’s residence. The museum shop offers a variety of products for visitors to purchase. Audio guides are also available (in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean).
Ohara Museum of Art
The symbol of the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this private museum features Western works of art in an eye-catching building styled after a Greek temple. Based on Ohara Magosaburo’s collection of Western art, Ohara Art Museum features a large collection of world-famous paintings and work such as one of El Greco’s “Annunciation” and Monet’s “Water Lilies.” The museum also features a pond with water lilies propagated from Monet’s residence. The museum shop offers a variety of products for visitors to purchase. Audio guides are also available (in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean).
The Hayashibara Museum of Art features art from Japan and East Asia as well as home furnishings from the Ikeda clan, which ruled Okayama in the 1600s. The museum is located at the site of a former guesthouse belonging to Okayama Castle, and one of the museum’s main attractions is the nagayamon that serves as the castle’s main gate and greets visitors with an air of history. Including a permanent collection of ceramics and lacquerware, the museum also features special exhibitions that include swords, weapons, armor, paintings, calligraphy, and Noh masks, many of which are impressive National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
Hayashibara Museum of Art
The Hayashibara Museum of Art features art from Japan and East Asia as well as home furnishings from the Ikeda clan, which ruled Okayama in the 1600s. The museum is located at the site of a former guesthouse belonging to Okayama Castle, and one of the museum’s main attractions is the nagayamon that serves as the castle’s main gate and greets visitors with an air of history. Including a permanent collection of ceramics and lacquerware, the museum also features special exhibitions that include swords, weapons, armor, paintings, calligraphy, and Noh masks, many of which are impressive National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
The Yumeji Art Museum features a collection of works by Okayama-born Yumeji Takehisa, a poet and artist who was active in the early 1900s. The museum is listed in the “Michelin Green Guide” with a rating of One-Star. The collection portrays numerous women with slender limbs posed in smooth S-shaped lines, an established characteristic of the style that came to be known as Yumeji’s “Bijin-ga.” At the museum shop, visitors can purchase original postcards, stationery, and other goods. In addition, visitors can also enjoy Yumeji’s favorite European baked snack, Garibaldi biscuits, only found at the museum’s cafe. Come and enjoy tea time just as Yumeji would have it.
Yumeji Art Museum
The Yumeji Art Museum features a collection of works by Okayama-born Yumeji Takehisa, a poet and artist who was active in the early 1900s. The museum is listed in the “Michelin Green Guide” with a rating of One-Star. The collection portrays numerous women with slender limbs posed in smooth S-shaped lines, an established characteristic of the style that came to be known as Yumeji’s “Bijin-ga.” At the museum shop, visitors can purchase original postcards, stationery, and other goods. In addition, visitors can also enjoy Yumeji’s favorite European baked snack, Garibaldi biscuits, only found at the museum’s cafe. Come and enjoy tea time just as Yumeji would have it.
This museum houses a collection of manekineko (lucky cats) with raised hands inviting fortune in, a popular figure in Japan since ancient times. The museum features some 700 “lucky” cats collected from all over Japan—a collection that is sure to please visitors with each statue depicting its own unique look. Filling out inorifuda (paper for writing prayers on) and hanging the wishes on bamboo in the museum or on the museum’s walls is a popular attraction at the museum (free). In addition, visitors can paint their very own manekineko for a truly unique creation, which they can take home as a fortune-filled souvenir.
Manekineko Museum
This museum houses a collection of manekineko (lucky cats) with raised hands inviting fortune in, a popular figure in Japan since ancient times. The museum features some 700 “lucky” cats collected from all over Japan—a collection that is sure to please visitors with each statue depicting its own unique look. Filling out inorifuda (paper for writing prayers on) and hanging the wishes on bamboo in the museum or on the museum’s walls is a popular attraction at the museum (free). In addition, visitors can paint their very own manekineko for a truly unique creation, which they can take home as a fortune-filled souvenir.
At this extraordinary museum, only articles related to the folk tale “Momotaro” are on display. The museum is full of fun attractions such as the amazing demon-infested caves of “Onigashima” (Demon Island), karakuri optical illusion gimmicks, and Momotaro animations. Visitors will also find numerous Momotaro goods in the museum shop. The more unusual one-of-a-kind Momotaro goods make for great souvenirs.
Momotaro's Karakuri Museum
At this extraordinary museum, only articles related to the folk tale “Momotaro” are on display. The museum is full of fun attractions such as the amazing demon-infested caves of “Onigashima” (Demon Island), karakuri optical illusion gimmicks, and Momotaro animations. Visitors will also find numerous Momotaro goods in the museum shop. The more unusual one-of-a-kind Momotaro goods make for great souvenirs.
Yumiko Igarashi Museum
Founded in 1962, this museum shop is operated by the venerable jeans manufacturer Betty Smith. As the only jeans museum in Japan, the Betty Smith Jeans Museum not only introduces visitors to the jeans-manufacturing process but also allows visitors to work in the museum’s workshop customizing their own pair of jeans by attaching their choice of parts (buttons, rivets, etc.) as well as to try their hand at making mobile phone straps (fee required). These entirely custom-made jeans can also be shipped internationally. A nearby outlet shop, where visitors can purchase high-quality jeans, allows visitors not only to experience the process but also to go shopping.
Betty Smith Jeans Musuem & Village
Founded in 1962, this museum shop is operated by the venerable jeans manufacturer Betty Smith. As the only jeans museum in Japan, the Betty Smith Jeans Museum not only introduces visitors to the jeans-manufacturing process but also allows visitors to work in the museum’s workshop customizing their own pair of jeans by attaching their choice of parts (buttons, rivets, etc.) as well as to try their hand at making mobile phone straps (fee required). These entirely custom-made jeans can also be shipped internationally. A nearby outlet shop, where visitors can purchase high-quality jeans, allows visitors not only to experience the process but also to go shopping.
Parks & Nature
Kakuzan Park is on the ruins of an ancient castle, Tsuyama Castle, which was built about 400 years ago. The castle’s approximately 10 m tall stone wall remains today, greeting visitors with a majestic view of overlapping stones even from a distance. The ruin has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 castles and has earned a spot as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites. The Tsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival held every year in early to mid April gives visitors the chance to experience the park’s 1,000 or so cherry trees. After sunset, looking down from atop the stone wall at the cherry trees illuminated below, visitors will be treated to an unimaginably beautiful view.
Tsuyama Castle Kakuzan Park
Kakuzan Park is on the ruins of an ancient castle, Tsuyama Castle, which was built about 400 years ago. The castle’s approximately 10 m tall stone wall remains today, greeting visitors with a majestic view of overlapping stones even from a distance. The ruin has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 castles and has earned a spot as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites. The Tsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival held every year in early to mid April gives visitors the chance to experience the park’s 1,000 or so cherry trees. After sunset, looking down from atop the stone wall at the cherry trees illuminated below, visitors will be treated to an unimaginably beautiful view.
Mt. Washuzan offers visitors a view of the quintessential scenery of the Setonaikai National Park, known as Japan’s first national park. The park is a recommended site for viewing the Great Seto Bridge, newly listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan as the longest two-tiered bridge system in the world. The view from the summit overlooking the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea), about 15 min on foot along the promenade from the parking lot, is highly recommended. Visitors will be treated to a view of the 50 or so variously sized islands dotting the Setonaikai and of Shikoku forming the opposite shore. The observatory’s rest house also offers a scenic resting place.
Washuzan Highland
Mt. Washuzan offers visitors a view of the quintessential scenery of the Setonaikai National Park, known as Japan’s first national park. The park is a recommended site for viewing the Great Seto Bridge, newly listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan as the longest two-tiered bridge system in the world. The view from the summit overlooking the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea), about 15 min on foot along the promenade from the parking lot, is highly recommended. Visitors will be treated to a view of the 50 or so variously sized islands dotting the Setonaikai and of Shikoku forming the opposite shore. The observatory’s rest house also offers a scenic resting place.
Inujima Island once flourished as a hotspot in Japan’s quarrying and smelting industries. Visitors flock to this art island, one of many settings for the Setouchi Triennale, an art festival held once every three years. The Inujima Island Seirensho Art Museum preserves and repurposes the ruins of a copper smeltery built over 100 years ago, charming visitors with its fusion of heritage, architecture, artistry, and setting. With Inujima Island “Art House Project” galleries scattered about, as well as numerous objets d’art and other attractions, Inujima Island offers visitors a chance to enjoy an art tour on a uniquely peaceful Setonaikai (The Inland Sea) island.
Inujima
Inujima Island once flourished as a hotspot in Japan’s quarrying and smelting industries. Visitors flock to this art island, one of many settings for the Setouchi Triennale, an art festival held once every three years. The Inujima Island Seirensho Art Museum preserves and repurposes the ruins of a copper smeltery built over 100 years ago, charming visitors with its fusion of heritage, architecture, artistry, and setting. With Inujima Island “Art House Project” galleries scattered about, as well as numerous objets d’art and other attractions, Inujima Island offers visitors a chance to enjoy an art tour on a uniquely peaceful Setonaikai (The Inland Sea) island.
One of the largest caves in Western Japan, this limestone cavern is 1.2 km long and features height variations of up to 90 m. After entering the caves through the entrance 240 m up limestone cliffs, visitors can experience what being an explorer is like as they are greeted with spectacular sights such as “Jellyfish Rock” and other rock formations as well as a 50 m tall waterfall. The cavern remains a comfortable temperature of 15–16°C year round. The area surrounding the cave also offers beautiful sights, particularly the autumn foliage of Ikura Gorge reflected on the Takahashi River.
Ikura
One of the largest caves in Western Japan, this limestone cavern is 1.2 km long and features height variations of up to 90 m. After entering the caves through the entrance 240 m up limestone cliffs, visitors can experience what being an explorer is like as they are greeted with spectacular sights such as “Jellyfish Rock” and other rock formations as well as a 50 m tall waterfall. The cavern remains a comfortable temperature of 15–16°C year round. The area surrounding the cave also offers beautiful sights, particularly the autumn foliage of Ikura Gorge reflected on the Takahashi River.
Makido Cave is about 450 m long limestone cavern with an underground lake covering the back of the cave. Designated as a Natural Monument of Okayama Prefecture, the cavern could be called a cave museum with its brightly colored and beautifully illuminated variegated terrain that includes stalactites as well as an underground lake. In addition, the cavern maintains a comfortable temperature around 15°C year round. Like the Trevi Fountain in Italy, visitors throw coins in the “Sensui” (garden pond) in hopes their wishes will come true.
Makido cave
Makido Cave is about 450 m long limestone cavern with an underground lake covering the back of the cave. Designated as a Natural Monument of Okayama Prefecture, the cavern could be called a cave museum with its brightly colored and beautifully illuminated variegated terrain that includes stalactites as well as an underground lake. In addition, the cavern maintains a comfortable temperature around 15°C year round. Like the Trevi Fountain in Italy, visitors throw coins in the “Sensui” (garden pond) in hopes their wishes will come true.
Also called Midorijima Island (Green Isle), Maejima Island is a National Park. Visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, fishing, and camping. Cycling along the 10-km long road is a great way to see the island. Rental bicycles are available. Cars can be rented in Ushimado and brought by ferry. Visitors are treated to beautiful sunsets from a spot selected for inclusion in the 100 most beautiful sunsets in Japan. Cabbage fields can be seen in winter. Eight inns are available, and some private inns offer oyster meals.
Maejima Island
Also called Midorijima Island (Green Isle), Maejima Island is a National Park. Visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, fishing, and camping. Cycling along the 10-km long road is a great way to see the island. Rental bicycles are available. Cars can be rented in Ushimado and brought by ferry. Visitors are treated to beautiful sunsets from a spot selected for inclusion in the 100 most beautiful sunsets in Japan. Cabbage fields can be seen in winter. Eight inns are available, and some private inns offer oyster meals.
Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of nature and leisure, including sea bathing, fishing, and orange picking year round. Fresh seafood meals are available throughout the year, and delicious oysters harvested around the island can be enjoyed from November to the middle of March. A stay at one of the five private inns and pensions are a great way to enjoy the charm of Kashirajima Island, and a bridge makes for convenient access by car.
Kashiwajima Park
Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of nature and leisure, including sea bathing, fishing, and orange picking year round. Fresh seafood meals are available throughout the year, and delicious oysters harvested around the island can be enjoyed from November to the middle of March. A stay at one of the five private inns and pensions are a great way to enjoy the charm of Kashirajima Island, and a bridge makes for convenient access by car.
Overlooking the many beautiful islands of the Setonaikai, Manabeshima Island is a relaxing island with a laid-back feel and the landscape of a fishing village. The island has also been used as a location for a number of Japanese movies, and visitors to the island are greeted by cats wherever they go. A French painter once published a book of illustrations depicting Manabeshima Island’s beautiful landscape and the everyday scenery of the island and its people. After the book was published in France, the number of tourists visiting the island has increased. Visitors are encouraged to sample the island’s fish cuisine made with fresh fish from the Setonaikai.
Manabe Island
Overlooking the many beautiful islands of the Setonaikai, Manabeshima Island is a relaxing island with a laid-back feel and the landscape of a fishing village. The island has also been used as a location for a number of Japanese movies, and visitors to the island are greeted by cats wherever they go. A French painter once published a book of illustrations depicting Manabeshima Island’s beautiful landscape and the everyday scenery of the island and its people. After the book was published in France, the number of tourists visiting the island has increased. Visitors are encouraged to sample the island’s fish cuisine made with fresh fish from the Setonaikai.
Food Scene
This stock farm extends into the nature of Hiruzen Kogen Highlands which is the famous as one of the largest breeding zones for Jersey cows in Japan. Jersey cows are pastured here from late April to the middle of November. At the restaurant, steaks and cheese fondue made of fresh and rich Jersey milk are available. Yogurt and rich soft cream are popular at the shop.
Hiruzen Jersey Land
This stock farm extends into the nature of Hiruzen Kogen Highlands which is the famous as one of the largest breeding zones for Jersey cows in Japan. Jersey cows are pastured here from late April to the middle of November. At the restaurant, steaks and cheese fondue made of fresh and rich Jersey milk are available. Yogurt and rich soft cream are popular at the shop.
Shopping
Located in front of Kurashiki Station, this large outlet mall features shops from well-known domestic and international brands selling goods at unusually affordable prices. This mall offers a rich assortment of products including clothes, bags, shoes, toys, kitchen goods, and cosmetics. A number of shops also offer tax exemptions, making this a perfect destination for souvenirs. Floor guides are also available (in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean).
Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki
Located in front of Kurashiki Station, this large outlet mall features shops from well-known domestic and international brands selling goods at unusually affordable prices. This mall offers a rich assortment of products including clothes, bags, shoes, toys, kitchen goods, and cosmetics. A number of shops also offer tax exemptions, making this a perfect destination for souvenirs. Floor guides are also available (in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean).
Located near Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan, and boasting a history spanning back 189 years Tenmaya is a respected, Okayama-original department store loved by local residents. This convenient shopping destination offers everything from leading brands from around the world to Okayama Prefecture’s own fruit, cosmetics, clothing, daily goods, and food. Tenmaya also offers one-stop tax exemption counters (5F and B1F) that cover not only the department store but also some 30 stores in nearby Omotecho Shopping Street, making it easy for visitors to receive their tax exemptions for all their shopping all at once.
Tenmaya Kurashiki Store
Located near Okayama Korakuen Garden, one of the three great gardens of Japan, and boasting a history spanning back 189 years Tenmaya is a respected, Okayama-original department store loved by local residents. This convenient shopping destination offers everything from leading brands from around the world to Okayama Prefecture’s own fruit, cosmetics, clothing, daily goods, and food. Tenmaya also offers one-stop tax exemption counters (5F and B1F) that cover not only the department store but also some 30 stores in nearby Omotecho Shopping Street, making it easy for visitors to receive their tax exemptions for all their shopping all at once.
This store is the Okayama branch of the famous Japanese department store, Takashimaya. The store offers a rich variety of goods, from name-brand products to cosmetics, clothes, and groceries, with a tax exemption counter on the eighth floor. Shoppers can also receive a special discount card featuring a Hello Kitty design and good for 5% off (of purchases of at least 3,000 yen, excluding some products). Visit the first floor information counter for details, and put your card to use!
Okayama Takashimaya
This store is the Okayama branch of the famous Japanese department store, Takashimaya. The store offers a rich variety of goods, from name-brand products to cosmetics, clothes, and groceries, with a tax exemption counter on the eighth floor. Shoppers can also receive a special discount card featuring a Hello Kitty design and good for 5% off (of purchases of at least 3,000 yen, excluding some products). Visit the first floor information counter for details, and put your card to use!
Directly connected to Okayama Station, this shopping district offers the latest trends. Okayama IchiBanGai is located on the first basement floor under the station, and Sun Station Terrace is located from the station’s first to fifth floors. With an abundance of popular apparel brands, shoppers will be able to keep up with even the latest fashion trends. The various duty-free shops make this a perfect shopping destination while waiting for the next train. And don’t miss the many eateries offering tastes of Okayama’s local gourmet cuisine!
Okayama Ichibangai
Directly connected to Okayama Station, this shopping district offers the latest trends. Okayama IchiBanGai is located on the first basement floor under the station, and Sun Station Terrace is located from the station’s first to fifth floors. With an abundance of popular apparel brands, shoppers will be able to keep up with even the latest fashion trends. The various duty-free shops make this a perfect shopping destination while waiting for the next train. And don’t miss the many eateries offering tastes of Okayama’s local gourmet cuisine!
Opened in December 2014, the AEON MALL Okayama is one of Western Japan’s largest AEON malls with more than 350 shops. In addition to the various Japanese apparel and miscellaneous goods brand shops, the mall also features 66 different restaurants. The “HAREMACHI TOKKU 365,” a collection of shops specializing in locally produced Okayama goods, is the perfect place to find souvenirs. The mall also offers a number of duty-free shops.
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Aeon Mall Okayama
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Opened in December 2014, the AEON MALL Okayama is one of Western Japan’s largest AEON malls with more than 350 shops. In addition to the various Japanese apparel and miscellaneous goods brand shops, the mall also features 66 different restaurants. The “HAREMACHI TOKKU 365,” a collection of shops specializing in locally produced Okayama goods, is the perfect place to find souvenirs. The mall also offers a number of duty-free shops.
Bic Camera Okayama Ekimae Store, situated in front of Okayama Station, belongs to a chain of large consumer electronics specialty stores all over Japan. The store offers a wide range of products, from digital devices such as personal computers and cameras to home appliances, beauty appliances, liquor, and pharmaceutical goods. Shoppers will be greeted with foreign language signage (in English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean) and are welcome to take advantage of the store’s delivery services to airports and nearby hotels in addition to available tax exemptions. The store is a convenient shopping destination for passengers riding the Shinkansen.
BIC CAMERA Okayama Station Store
Bic Camera Okayama Ekimae Store, situated in front of Okayama Station, belongs to a chain of large consumer electronics specialty stores all over Japan. The store offers a wide range of products, from digital devices such as personal computers and cameras to home appliances, beauty appliances, liquor, and pharmaceutical goods. Shoppers will be greeted with foreign language signage (in English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean) and are welcome to take advantage of the store’s delivery services to airports and nearby hotels in addition to available tax exemptions. The store is a convenient shopping destination for passengers riding the Shinkansen.
Everything Else
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean *Limited copies in Thai and French are available. Computers: 2 tablet devices (English) Wheelchair rental: Available Coin lockers: Information provided Vending machines: Available Accommodation support: Information provided
Momotaro Tourist Information Center
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean *Limited copies in Thai and French are available. Computers: 2 tablet devices (English) Wheelchair rental: Available Coin lockers: Information provided Vending machines: Available Accommodation support: Information provided
Available language: English Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, French Computers: 1 (English) Baby carrier and wheelchair rental: Available Coin lockers: Available (28 lockers) Accommodation reservation: Information provided
Kurashiki Ekimae Information Centre
Available language: English Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, French Computers: 1 (English) Baby carrier and wheelchair rental: Available Coin lockers: Available (28 lockers) Accommodation reservation: Information provided
Available language: English Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, French Baby carrier/Wheelchair Rental : N/A *Available at Kurashiki Monogatarikan Baggage locker : N/A *Available at Kurashiki Monogatarikan Vending machines: Available Accommodation support: Information provided [The root from “Kurashikikan” to “Kurashiki Mon
Kurashikikan Information Centre
Available language: English Wi-Fi: Available Guide Map: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, French Baby carrier/Wheelchair Rental : N/A *Available at Kurashiki Monogatarikan Baggage locker : N/A *Available at Kurashiki Monogatarikan Vending machines: Available Accommodation support: Information provided [The root from “Kurashikikan” to “Kurashiki Mon