The Bizen Area is home to such sites as Okayama Castle, which was built by the feudal lord Hideie Ukita, and Okayama Koraku-en, which is famed as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. The area is also known for excelling in arts that draw upon the elements of earth and fire, including Bizen ware pottery and the Japanese swords crafted by the master swordsmiths of Bizen Osafune. In addition to its rich living history and traditions, the Bizen Area is also blessed with the bounty of delicious seasonal fruits as well as seafood from the nearby Seto Inland Sea.
Known for its traditional townhouses and white-walled storehouses, the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is an area where you can encounter beautiful scenery that seems to transcend time. The Bicchu Area is also home to the Tsukuriyama Kofun Tumuli and Ki Castle, sites where you can explore the mysteries of the ancient Kibi Province. The Kojima area of Kurashiki City and Ibara City are known as the birthplace of jeans in Japan, and the area remains a major producer of jeans to this day.