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Korakuen Garden in Okayama
Takayama Morning Market
Takayama Morning Market

Okayama

Okayama is the home of Korakuen one of Japan's top three landscape gardens. Korakuen features "borrowed scenery" including the nearby Okayama Castle as part of the view.

 

Stay

There are a number of hotels located near the main JR Takayama Station including Best Western Takayama and Takayama Green Hotel. Takayama also features a wide range of traditional ryokan (Japanese Inns) for an authentic immersive experience.

 

Location

Kyoto - It is approximately three hours from Kyoto to Takayama via Nagoya, with one transfer required along the way.

Matsumoto - a bus or private vehicle can cross the mountain range to the Castle town of Matsumoto in approximately 90 minutes.

Shirakawago - the UNESCO World Heritage site can be visited as a half-day trip from Takayama with a public bus or private vehicle taking about 60 minutes each way.

 

Events

The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Okayama are usually at their peak in early April.