Okayama, Japan Cruise Port, 2018 and 2019 Cruises to Okayama, Japan | The Cruise Web
 

Okayama, Japan Cruise Port

Okayama is considered an administrative capital of the prefecture that goes by the same name. It also holds the record as the largest city in the country’s Chugoku Region, and is considered one of the country's major transportation hubs. This is due to the Sanyo Shikansen train network meeting with the only rail connection that's headed to Shikoku. The city has a rich history and it is thought to have hit its peak in 1603 to 1867 during the Edo Period when it was developing as a leading castle town. In this period, the city became largely known as being a vital regional power in the country. Featured below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that tourists could enjoy after cruising to Okayama, Japan:
 
  • Visitors should take the time to visit the city's main attraction, the Korakuen Garden. It is ranked among the country's best landscape gardens that lie beside the famous Okayama Castle. It was constructed in 1687 as a venue for the ruling family's entertainment and the reception of important guests.
     
  • Adventurers and nature lovers should go and visit the region’s Kibi Plain, as it is part of the rural flatland that is found on the outskirts of the city center. In the 4th century the plain was home to the powerful Kibi Kingdom.
     
  • Architecture fans and history buffs should definitely take the time to visit the famous Okayama Castle which dates back to 1597 with a 1966 reconstructive structure. The castle boasts the architectural style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period and a black exterior that gave it its nickname “crow castle”.
     
  • Art fanatics should try not to miss a chance to explore the nearby Inujima Island which was named after a large rock that looks similar to a sitting dog. The island is currently known as a modern art site, and also the host of some modern art festivals.
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