Okayama has always been a major educational and cultural hub for Japan. Okayama also has a number of historical sites and tourist hot-spots.
The Okayama Castle and the Korakuen Garden are two of the major attractions of Okayama. The Okayama Castle is a national heritage site. Much of this monument had been demolished during the Second World War bomb raids of 1945. But Okayama has worked wonderfully to restore this castle to its original glory. Korakuen Garden is another amazing feature of Okayama. You can stroll through this garden and explore all the hidden shrines, waterfalls and ponds that are part of this beautiful garden.
Okayama also draws a huge crowd during the famous Saidai-ji-Eyo festival that is celebrated on the third Saturday of February each year. Okayama is also renowned for its culinary delights. The Italian food found here is just amazing. Okayama has the highest number of Italian restaurants in Japan and people associate Okayama with Italian food.
Okayama is also an important transportation hub in western Japan. The Sanyo Shinkansen line passes through Okayama. All classes of trains run through Okayama. The fast rails of Hikari-class Shinkansen now connect Okayama with Hiroshima in less than an hour. Okayama is also the nerve center of several major expressways. The city has rail lines to places like Tottori Prefecture, Fukuyama City, Osaka City and the Shikoku Island. The Okayama Airport is another important transport system in Okayama. It has several domestic routes to all major Japanese cities.
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