Okayama

Okayama's main attraction is undoubtedly the beautiful Korakuen, reputedly one of the three best landscape gardens in all Japan. Set against the borrowed scenery of Okayama's black castle, the vast garden remains much as it did on completion over three centuries ago.

Okayama itself is a busy transport hub, and a visit to Korakuen makes a wonderful break when changing bullet trains here, although in conjunction with nearby Kurashiki, the garden can easily warrant a longer stay.