Okayama prefecture is a temperate area facing the Seto Inland Sea. In Kurashiki city in this area, traditional Japanese streets are preserved. Okayama City has Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden. Okayama prefecture is relatively close to Osaka and Hiroshima, so if you travel in western Japan, you can drop in easily. Since Okayama prefecture is connected with Shikoku by a bridge, you can travel from Okayama to Shikoku.
Outline of Okayama
Okayama prefecture, in a word, is a very calm area. This area is blessed both climatically and economically.
Weather and climate of Okayama prefecture
The climate of Okayama prefecture is very calm throughout the year.
There are mountains in the northern part of Okayama prefecture. So even if moist air comes from the northern Japan Sea in the winter, the mountains block it. That is why snow hardly gets down.
In the summer, rain clouds come from the Pacific Ocean on the south side, but the mountains of Shikoku located south of Okayama Prefecture block it. So it will not rain so hard.
The economy of Okayama prefecture
Okayama prefecture is not bad economically.
Okayama prefecture is near Osaka and transportation convenience is good. So Okayama Prefecture has diverse industries. Many factories are located in the coastal area.
Furthermore, because the weather is stable, fruit cultivation such as peach is also popular in this area.
Okayama prefecture is a blessed area like this. If you go to Okayama, you will feel the calm atmosphere of this area.
Seto ohashi Bridge
Kurashiki city of Okayama Prefecture and Kagawa prefecture of Shikoku on the other side of the Seto Inland Sea are connected by a huge Seto Ohashi bridge.
To be accurate, the Seto Ohashi Bridge is a generic name for 10 bridges over remote islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The total length of the Seto Ohashi bridge is 12,300 meters.
There are JR train lines and roads on this bridge. You can cross this bridge by train or car. If you drive a car, you can cross this bridge in about 15 minutes. Crossing the Seto Ohashi bridge, you can enjoy the calm view of the Seto Inland Sea.
Kurashiki, which is about 17 minutes by train from JR Okayama Station, is a very calm and beautiful city. In this town, there is an area that stores traditional wooden buildings built in the Tokugawa shogunate era. As you can see the picture above, the old street continues.
Kurashiki was a trading base that collects rice and other supplies of surrounding rice and sends it to various places in the Tokugawa shogunate era. The buildings remaining in this town were used at that time. Here, the river was used when carrying goods. As you can see the picture on the top, you can ride a boat on this river.
In the vicinity of this river there is also the Ohara Museum which is a private art museum representing Japan. I have already introduced the Ohara Museum in another article. Please drop by this article if you like.
Okayama City, the center of Okayama Prefecture, has a famous Japanese garden called "Korakuen". This vast Japanese garden was built by the castle owner of Okayama castle during the Tokugawa shogunate era. Next to Korakuen, there is Okayama Castle.
This Japanese garden and castle are the main tourist attractions of Okayama city. About Korakuen I have already introduced in another article. If you are interested, please drop in the article below as well.
Kojima Jeans Street
Okayama prefecture has one interesting sightseeing spot. It is "Kojima Jeans Street". This street is located in the Kojima district of Kurashiki city.
At Kojima Jeans Street, manufacturers producing very high quality jeans are gathered. Here, people who like jeans come from both inside and outside. Of course you can buy jeans here.
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Bon KUROSAWA I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.