Guide to Chugoku Region



Okayama is the capital of Okayama Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima.

It is the center of administration and business for the prefecture and a crossroads for traffic between the San-in region and Shikoku.

The city is an important transportation hub, the Sanyo Shinkansen meets with the only rail connection to Shikoku.

The city originally developed as a castle town during the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Okayama Castle, the Koraku-en Garden (one of the three major gardens in Japan), and a number of art museums and science museums are found here.

Okayama Castle was built in the 16th century.

The castle tower has been rebuilt, but the Tsukimi-yagura turret and other structures are original.

The Koraku-en Garden, which took 14 years to complete in the 17th century, was the first lawn garden in Japan.

The garden is 133,000 square meters, and visitors can view Okayama Castle.