Chugoku region recommended drive course

③Kurashiki and Okayama area

Driving course for Kurashiki~Okayama
The first day
11:00
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
A traditional townscape of white-washed buildings remains, which induces a Japanese traditional atmosphere.
Recently, cafes and shops which are in old, renovated buildings have opened.
Please enjoy strolling around, wearing a denim kimono, tasting local food and shopping.
Approx. 30 min.
13:30
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.
The name, literally meaning eagle-wing- mountain, derives from its shape which looks like an eagle with wings spread out. From the summit “Shoshuho” with the altitude of 133 meters, the spectacular view of 50 islands of various sizes dotting the sea and the fabulous Seto Ohashi Bridge can be enjoyed.
Approx.10 min.
14:40
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
Local jeans shops, including Momotaro shop line the street. Visitors have an opportunity to encounter jeans which could only be found here.
Pairs of jeans hung over the street for decorative purpose are a symbol of the city.
Approx.1 hr.
The second day
9:00
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
The castle is nicknamed as craw castle due to its black weatherboard. In the castle tower, visitors can try activities to feel as if they became a feudal load (head of samurai) or a princess.
The nearby Korakuen Garden which is one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens is a good example of the gardens of the samurai eras.
Visitors can savor a marvelous view of the garden covered with green grass with the castle as a background.
The staying hours:Approx.30min.
11:30
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.
Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto who is believed to be a model of the legend “Momotaro” (Peace Boy) and Ura, Shinto priestess are enshrined.
The mail hall built in a unique Hiyokuirimoya architectural style and the worshipping hall are designated as national treasures.
The beautiful 300 meters corridor which stretches out from the mail hall has a historical value and is worth seeing.
Approx.15min.
12:45
The staying hours:Approx.3hr.
Bicchu Kokubunji is one of the Buddhist temples which were established in each of the provinces by the order of Emperor Shomu during the Nara period (710-794). The compound has a 34-meter five storied pagoda, which is a landmark of Kibiji.
Please come to take photos of the calm rural landscape with the pagoda as background. Cycling is also a fun activity.