Okayama

Restaurant Guide in Okayama

Okayama prefecture is located in the southeastern part of the Chugoku region. There are about 90 islands in the southern part of the prefecture that faces the Seto Inland Sea. Okayama city is its capital. Since the prefecture records the highest number of days in Japan with less than 1 millimeter of rainfall, the prefecture's catchword is “Land of Clear Weat

her.” Rice is farmed mostly on Kojima Bay’s reclaimed land in the south, but rice has been grown also in the basin in the north since ancient times. In the hilly area, fruit growing is flourishing. Grape production in Okayama is the highest in Japan’s western region, and pears and peaches are also grown. The prefecture also has one of the largest shipments in Japan of specific grape varieties such as Muscat of Alexandria and Pione. Hakuto (white peach) was first found in Okayama, and now, himizu hakuto has become the highest quality peach in Japan for its taste, flavor, and appearance. Shimizu hakuto can only be harvested for about 10 days in late July and therefore is considered to be rare and valuable. Hiruzen Plateau in the city of Maniwa is the largest area for dairy farming in Japan and is home to many Jersey cattle. Dairy products such as fresh yogurt are popular here. Okayama Castle in Okayama city and the Korakuen garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, are well-known tourist spots in the city. Ushimado area that faces the Seto Inland Sea is a resort area that is called the "Agean of Japan." There are many famous tourist sites in Kurashiki city such as the scenic area where storehouses with white earth and mortal walls line up as well as the Great Seto Bridge that crosses over the Seto Inland Sea. A small fish called mamakari (borrowing rice) is a local specialty of Okayama. The fish is so named because it is so tasty that people need to borrow mama (rice) from their neighbors to eat more of it. Since Okayama has the third largest catch of oysters in Japan, an okonomiyaki made with oysters called hinase kakioko, which is considered a B grade local gourmand food, has been attracting attention.

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