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Okayama Korakuen Garden

Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden

One of Japan’s three most celebrated gardens, awarded 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan
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.

Bizen Osafune Sword Museum

Bizen Osafune Sword Museum
Bizen Osafune 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 heated to 1300°C and then hammered to make a plate. (limited dates and times)

Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)

Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)

With some 1,000 cherry trees, this popular venue has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites. The carpet of cherry blossoms stretching out below the stone wall is beautiful beyond imagination. After sunset, visitors can enjoy the park in a different light as the trees are illuminated.

Fukiya Furusato Village

Fukiya Furusato Village
Fukiya Furusato Village

Once a flourishing town thanks to copper mining, this mountain village was famous as a major producer of vivid red “Bengara” color pigment made from oxidized iron. Fukiya Furusato Village, known for the uniform red color of its buildings, a color rarely produced even in Japan, has earned recognition as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. At the Bengara Ceramics Museum, visitors can try their hand at making pottery using this red ocher color pigment (reservation required). For a limited time, visitors can also experience the irresistible charm of Fukiya Furusato Village’s vintage red bonnet bus cruising through the town. One-of-a-kind souvenirs, such as Bengara-dyed stoles, are also available.

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