Specialties

Autumn scenery

Enjoy special experience in fall of Okayama!
Choose from a wide variety of options among historical spots, onsen (hot springs), and delicious food.

  • s_㈺岡山後楽園★
  • s_㈰備中松山城1★
  • s_㈪旧閑谷学校★
  • s_㈫井山宝福寺★
  • s_㈬湯原温泉★
  • s_㉂笠岡ベイファーム★

Beautiful autumn scenery spots

Beautiful autumn scenery spots

Be absorbed into historical buildings in autumn scenery!

The contrast between turned leaves and historical buildings is very beautiful.

1 Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
  • ㈰備中松山城1★
  • ㈰備中松山城2
  • ㈰備中松山城3
  • ㈰備中松山城4
  • ㈰備中松山城5
  • ㈰備中松山城1★
  • ㈰備中松山城2
  • ㈰備中松山城3
  • ㈰備中松山城4
  • ㈰備中松山城5
  • Accessible via public transportation
1 Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

The mountaintop castle floating on a sea of clouds and a fantastic autumn leaves are highlight here.

Autumn foliage season: Early to the middle of November
[The best time to see a sea of clouds]
October to early December, Time zone: 6:00am - 8:00am, Observation point: Observatory for seeing a distant view of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Access: 15 min. by taxi from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Sta.

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2Old Shizutani School
  • ㈪旧閑谷学校★
  • Accessible via public transportation
2Old Shizutani School

This is the oldest school in Japan for common folk and has been designated as the first Japan Heritage. This is only school architecture designated as a National Treasure in Japan. Most buildings are Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Illuminated autumn leaves (for limited time) are beautiful.

Autumn foliage season: Early to late November

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3Iyama Hofuku-ji Temple
  • ㈫井山宝福寺★
  • Accessible via public transportation
3Iyama Hofuku-ji Temple

This is a Zen temple where the painter Sesshu, the most prominent Japanese master of ink wash painting, was trained in his childhood. Tasteful buildings including the three-storied pagoda, the Important Cultural Property of Japan are located. Illuminated autumn leaves (for limited time) are beautiful.

Autumn foliage season: The middle of November

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Enjoy onsen (hot springs) in autumn scenery!

Three of West Japan's foremost famous onsen are in Okayama.

4Yubara Onsen
  • ㈬湯原温泉★
  • Accessible via public transportation
4Yubara Onsen

The rotenburo (outdoor bath), "Sunayu," surrounded by seasonal nature is located directly below the dam, and onsen is springing out from the river bed. The bath is for mixed bathing and available for 24 hours without charge.

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5 Okutsu Onsen
  • ㈭奥津温泉
  • Accessible via public transportation
5 Okutsu Onsen

This onsen area is surrounded by mountains and streams. It is popular and known for skin beautification effect. Long-established ryokan are built around in this tasteful and calm townscape.

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6 Yunogo Onsen
  • ㈮湯郷温泉
  • Accessible via public transportation
6 Yunogo Onsen

This onsen has history of over 1000 years old and is popular among women as a onsen with skin beautification effect. There are various types of accommodation from small to large. There is also a free foot bath facility.

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7Hiruzen-kogen Heights
  • ㈯蒜山高原
  • Accessible via public transportation
7Hiruzen-kogen Heights

If you stay at Yubara Onsen, go to Kimendai at Hiruzen-kogen Heights to enjoy the 360 degrees magnificent panoramic view, eulalia growing colonies, and autumn leaves. A sea of clouds can be seen in early morning.

Autumn foliage season: Late October to early November

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8 Okutsukei Valley
  • ㉀奥津渓
  • Accessible via public transportation
8 Okutsukei Valley

If you stay at Okutsu Onsen, go to Okutsukei Valley, in which you can enjoy the contrast between the varied 3 km long ravine and colored leaves as well as the maple tunnel. Illuminated autumn leaves (for limited time) are beautiful.

Autumn foliage season: Early to the middle of November

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9Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
  • ㈷津山城(鶴山公園)
  • Accessible via public transportation
9Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)

If you stay at Yunogo Onsen, go to Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park), which is one of Japan's top 100 castles. Enjoy colorful autumn leaves against the backdrop of a 10 m high stone wall. Illuminated autumn leaves (for limited time) are beautiful.

Autumn foliage season: The middle of to late November

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fr_line Enjoy fall delicacies while surrounded by nature!

Fall is harvest season.

10Kasaoka Bay Farm Flower Garden
  • ㉂笠岡ベイファーム★
  • Accessible via public transportation
10Kasaoka Bay Farm Flower Garden

In a vast flower bed, 30 million cosmos flowers bloom. The view from the observatory is magnificent. It is a popular spot for taking photos.

Cosmos's blooming time: September to late October

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Local soft cream
  • ご当地ソフトクリーム
  • Accessible via public transportation
Local soft cream

Must-eat soft cream at Kasaoka Bay Farm! This soft cream made of fresh milk and grapes produced in Kasaoka is very popular.

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11 Grape Picking
  • ㉃ぶどう狩り
  • Seasonal
11 Grape Picking

There are variety of types of grapes produced in Okayama including Muscat of Alexandria and Pione grapes. Grape picking is available at farms.

Grape picking time: Late August to the middle of October

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12Ohaganishi no Tanada (Rice Terraces)
  • ㈹大垪和西棚田
  • Seasonal
12Ohaganishi no Tanada (Rice Terraces)

Enjoy the sea of clouds and the gold colored ears of rice covering approximately 850 Tanada (rice terraces)!

Rice harvesting time: Late August to the middle of September
The best time to see a sea of clouds: Early October to December

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Autumn scenery at popular spots

Autumn foliage at Okayama Korakuen Garden and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

13Okayama Korakuen Garden
  • ㈺岡山後楽園★
  • Seasonal
13Okayama Korakuen Garden

One of Japan's three most celebrated gardens where the leaves in "Chishionomori" which consists of 100 maple trees turn colors, making for an ideal stroll. Illuminated autumn leaves (for limited time) are beautiful.

Autumn foliage season: The middle of November to early December
"Special Late-Night Garden of Dreams" event: The middle of November

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14Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
  • ㈱倉敷美観地区(新渓園)
  • Seasonal
14Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

This townscape is designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Enjoy the autumn leaves along the Kurashiki River which runs through the center of town and along many historical buildings.

Autumn foliage season: Early to late November

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15Gokei Valley
  • ㈾豪渓
  • Accessible via public transportation
15Gokei Valley

The autumn foliage at the valley is close to Okayama and Kurashiki. This is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty noted for its unusually shaped large rocks and stone pillars standing in a row.
Enjoy colored leaves by strolling the promenade.

Autumn foliage season: Early to late November

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