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 Okayama's Hidden Treasures 

TOUR COST from AUD750.00** Per Person Twin Share

Day 1: Arrival in Okayama


Depart the current city in Japan and head towards Okayama, the capital of Okayama Prefecture and the second largest city in Chugoku region next to Hiroshima.


The rest of the day is at leisure.


Suggested Self-Guided Itinerary:

After leaving the luggage in the hotel, begin a self-guided tour of the city, starting with two of its most picturesque and well-visited places – Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden.


Okayama Castle is also known as the “Crow Castle” for its black exterior. While it took eight years for the castle to be completed (1597), it was destroyed from fire during WWII. The structure that we see today only dates back to 1966, with its interior now serving as a museum. Like in other castles, the topmost floor offers views of the surrounding park and city.


Although the castle itself is relatively modern, there is still one remaining structure within the castle grounds that has existed since it was first constructed. The Tsukimi-yagura Tower was used to defend the castle but now serves as a venue for cultural events and for moon watching during the annual Mid-Autumn Festival.


Next stop is Korakuen Garden, hailed as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan and a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The only way to get to the garden from Okayama Castle is via Tsukimi-Bashi Bridge, a steel and concrete bridge that crosses over Asahi River.


Overnight in Okayama


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Shin-Osaka Station to Okayama Station: 70 min /

Kyoto Station to Okayama Station: 1.5 h

Hiroshima Station to Okayama Station: 40 min

Day 2: Okayama


This morning, the guide will provide a pick up from the hotel for the transfer to Kurashiki, the second most populated city in the prefecture.

During the Edo era, Kurashiki had served as the hub for storing rice and other local produce in the region, justifying its name which literally means “warehouse village.” Nowadays, Kurashiki is frequented by local and foreign tourists for its well-preserved old houses, depots and canals.

Begin with a stroll through Ebisu-dori Shopping Street filled with local restaurants, cafés, specialty shops, and even ateliers. The boutiques and studios vary from traditional Japanese paper to handmade ceramics. During the walk, pass by a small statue of Ebisu, the Shinto god of fishermen and good luck.


From the shopping center, make a quick detour to Achi Shrine, a 1700-year-old Shinto shrine that sits on top of Mt. Tsurugata (a short hike will be necessary). It is said that many years ago, this area used to be an island surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea which was believed to be guarded by the three goddesses of sea and voyage. Munakata Sanjojin, one of the goddesses, is enshrined here.


Optional itinerary:

In spring, visit the nearby Tsurugatayama Park to see the “Great Wisteria of Achi,” a designated national treasure which is believed to be between three to five centuries old. Its pink flowers bloom around late May.


Descend from the shrine and continue walking towards the nostalgic Kurashiki Bikan and Canal Area, filled with traditional houses and shops with sliding doors and lattice windows. There are also a great number of white-plastered structures that used to be warehouses and a few traditional inns that add to the antique atmosphere of the area.


Visit the Ohara Museum of Art, the first and oldest Western art museum in Japan. On display are the works of some of the most well-known artists in the world such as El Greco, Matisse, and Picasso.


Optional itinerary:

Alternatively, ride the kawabune, a traditional river boat, for a 30-minute cruise along the Kurashiki River.

Note: On-spot arrangement only. Limited to 6 pax per boat.


Finally, stop by Ivy Square, a commercial complex which used to be the site of the first modern cotton mill in the country. Nowadays, visitors flock the square to visit some of its museums, local shops, and art studios or stay in its hotel.


Overnight in Okayama


Distance and journey time (approximation):

Okayama Station to Kurashiki Station: 20 min



Start (guided tour): 10:00

Duration: 8 h

*including pick-up/drop-off and transit times

Day 3: Departure from Okayama


After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and continue on to the next destination.

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TOUR PRICES :  FROM AUD750.00 per person
  • Japan experiences dramatic pricing fluctuations based on Festivals, Domestic holidays and in some instances on weekends. Please consult with your Travel Consultant for exact pricing over a specific date. Reservations during weekends, peak season, and Japanese public holidays will be subject to supplementary charges.

  • For the ryokan option, you will be staying in Kurashiki instead of Okayama. Please make your way to Kurashiki and leave your belongings in your ryokan before your self-guided tour in Okayama (Day 1).


  • Notes:

  • The Ohara Museum is closed on Mondays (if it happens to be a National Holiday, it’s closed the following day), from December 28 to 31, and on some days for maintenance and/or administrative purposes.

  • For safety reasons, some public transport may stop operating in case of unfavorable weather conditions.

  • Please inform your travel agent of any special dietary requirements that you may have.

Package includes
  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board)

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

  • English-speaking guide for tour on Day 2 supplementary charges apply for other languages)

  • All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary on Day 2

  • Info pack

NOT Included in the tour prices
  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).

  • Transfer to and from Okayama and some local transport (e.g. local city buses, taxi transfers, etc.).

  • Meals other than mentioned above.

  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).

  • Travel insurance (please see below).

  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.



  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) please ask your Aussienet Travel consultant for a quote.

  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 15:00 on arrival day till 10:00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.

  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.

  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.

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