With train and Shinkansen lines and highways converging and with its well-organized transportation infrastructure of buses, taxis, and streetcars, Okayama City is a transportation hub for western Japan. Okayama Station is in the city center and is a great place to start your journey into Okayama Prefecture and beyond, as well as for meeting up, shopping, eating, and drinking. There are several large shopping complexes nearby, including AEON Okayama and BIC Camera, as well as a multitude of great individual shops, restaurants, and boutiques.

Okayama City is best known for the beautiful Korakuen Garden, one of the top three traditional gardens in Japan. The 300-year-old garden has been awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Okayama Castle stands adjacent to Korakuen Garden. Known as “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior, the top level of the castle provides a fantastic view of the city. Visitors can dress up in a kimono and take photos, try their hand at making Bizen pottery, enjoy a fruit and ice cream parfait, and learn about the history of the area via displays.

Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle are located inside the

“Culture Zone”, an area in the central area of the city housing a great number of museums, historical, and cultural attractions. Also located in the “Culture Zone” is the Hayashibara Museum, the Okayama Municipal Orient Museum, the Okayama Prefecture Museum of Art, Tenjin Plaza, Okayama Shrine, Symphony Hall, Lunness Hall, the Yumeji Art Museum, and the Okayama

Prefectural History Museum. Okayama City is a contemporary city with both modern and traditional elements. The city boasts wonderful attractions while being surrounded by mountains, hills, rivers, and the Seto Inland Sea in the south.

 

Transportation

Airport to Okayama Station:   Okaden Airport Limousine: 30min

 

City Transportation:

– Okayama Electric Tramway

-The trams in Okayama are among some of the oldest in Japan, with two lines running through central                          Okayama City. 100~140 JPY to ride, depending on distance. See AREA 1 map for routes.

Bus

– Megurin Bus    – Ryobi bus     – Shimoden Bus     – Chutetsu Bus    – Okaden Bus     – Uno Bus

Taxi Service

Ryobi Taxi  (086)-262-3939    Credit card OK

Asahi Taxi  (086)-242-0001   Credit card OK

Grace Taxi      (086)-263-3333   Credit card OK

Towa Taxi     (086)-231-2321   Credit card OK

Nihon Taxi    (086)-231-1211   Credit card OK