Specialties

Enjoy the nature and traditions of winter in Okayama

Winter Entertainment, Events, Foods

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Fun with snow

The Chugoku Mountains offer snow in winter. Enjoy skiing and other snow fun.

Kyukamura Hiruzen-Kogen
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Kyukamura Hiruzen-Kogen

Visit huts made of snow and enjoy sledding, both free of charge, at Kyukamura Hiruzen-Kogen. Popular with couples and families, the onsen welcomes day-trippers as well as overnight guests.

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Ibuki no Sato Ski Site
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Ibuki no Sato Ski Site

Six ski runs accommodate all levels, from beginners to advanced, and artificial snow machines ensure a stable amount of snow. The resort's onsen welcomes day-trippers and overnight guests, and everyone can enjoy famous Chiya Beef at the resort's restaurant.

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Onsen featuring a winter landscape

Three major onsen areas in Okayama offer relaxation surrounded by a winter landscape.

Yubara Onsen
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Yubara Onsen

"Sunayu" is an outdoor onsen that looks out onto a dam. A hot spring wells up from the riverbed and is a wonderful way to enjoy the snowscape.

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Okutsu Onsen
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Okutsu Onsen

Okutsu Onsen is surrounded by beautiful mountains and torrents, and has appeared in film.

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Yunogo Onsen
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Yunogo Onsen

Yunogo Onsen's history stretches back more than 1,000 years and is very popular with women because it is said to do wonders for their skin. Yunogo offers a wide variety of accommodations and a free footbath.

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雪 Traditional winter events

A visit to the shrine during the New Year is a special event around the nation. Visitors express their gratitude for the happiness of the past year and pray for a safe and peaceful new year.

Saijo Inari
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Saijo Inari

Saijo Inari is Okayama's most popular shrine during the New Year holidays, and the many stalls lining both sides of the long approach offer unique souvenirs, tasty food and thirst-quenching beverages.

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Kibitsu-jinja Shrine
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Kibitsu-jinja Shrine

Kibitsu-jinja Shrine is the home of Kibitsuhiko no Mikoto, the basis of the Momotaro Story. Kibitsu welcomes many visitors during the New Year holidays. It features a beautiful 400-meter long corridor, and the main shrine has been designated a National Treasure.

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Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine
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Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine

Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine is the home of Kibitsuhiko no Mikoto, the basis of the Momotaro Story. Big, red Bizen guardian dogs welcome visitors to Kibitsuhiko-jinja Shrine. It is about 3 minutes by foot from JR Bizen-Ichinomiya Station.

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A special event in Okayama

Saidai-ji Eyo
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Saidai-ji Eyo

One of Japan's three major eccentric festivals, it has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. This event is held at Saidaiji Kannonin Temple in Okayama City on the third Saturday night in February each year. Thousands of men don traditional loincloths to compete in a race for two sacred wooden talisman.

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Okayama Korakuen Garden
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Okayama Korakuen Garden

Admission is free on the 1st of January. Early Spring Festival (Traditional Japanese music performances, plays, and tea ceremony) is held in January, and grass and pine straw burning are held in February. The festival coincides with the presence of Japanese cranes roaming free in the park.

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During the Girls' Festival, hina dolls are exhibited in the traditional townscape. This gives the town a grand and radiant look.

Kurashiki Hina Meguri (Hina Doll Display)
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Kurashiki Hina Meguri (Hina Doll Display)

Old and rare hina dolls are exhibited along streets in the shopping district, and in traditional-style houses and accommodations in Kurashiki City from late February to early March of each year.

Katsuyama Hina Festival
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Katsuyama Hina Festival

In Katsuyama, Maniwa City, about 160 houses and stores exhibit hina dolls. Visitors enjoy the hina displays as they stroll around the Katsuyama Historical Preservation District in early March of each year.

Oysters - Winter Treats

Oysters harvested in Okayama do not shrivel when cooked, and the fine texture is very tasty.

Oyster
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Oyster

Okayama boasts Japan's third largest oyster harvest. Bizen City's Hinase and Asakuchi City's Yorishima are famous for their oysters. Fried oysters and the local specialty kakioko are popular local favorites.

Winter shopping

Winter shopping in Okayama is great fun.

Feature great deals, Grab bags (fukubukuro)
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Feature great deals, Grab bags (fukubukuro)

Department stores and malls have sales that feature great deals on clothing and other items between December and January. Grab bags (fukubukuro) that contain popular items hidden from view are a big hit during the New Year holidays, but the offer is good only while supplies last.

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