Tsuyama Castle Kakuzan Park
Tadamasa Mori, the first lord of Tsuyama Domain, built this
flatland-mountain castle over the course of twelve years beginning in 1603.
Today, the grounds include the historic Kakuzan Park, the original stone
castle walls and the reconstructed Bicchu Yagura (turrett). At the annual
“Sakura Festival” (held every April 1st through 15th), the many cherry trees
planted throughout the park take center stage to provide a breathtaking
- Tsuyama Castle ☎0868-22-4572
- 135 Sange, Tsuyama City
- 8:40~19:00 (Oct.~Mar.: ~17:00) (During Sakura Festival: 7:30~22:00)
- Dec. 29~31
- Adults: 300 Yen / Children (Junior High School & Below): Free
This giant cherry tree was chosen as one of the New Top 100 Trees in
Japan. It is said that the tree was named Daigozakura (Daigo’s Cherry
Tree) after Emperor Go-Daigo spoke very highly of its beauty during his
exile in Oki Province. Standing alone atop a hill, the tree is best viewed
when in full bloom in early/mid-April. The Daigozakura Festival is held
every year from the tree’s first bloom.
- Maniwa City Ochiai Branch Office ☎0867-52-1111
Kaika Telephone Information Service ☎0867-52-1503
- Bessho, Maniwa City
Located at the peak of Mt. Miyasumi at a height of 270m, Miyasumi Park is
the best place to get an unobstructed view of the beautiful scenery of
Asahigawa Dam Lake surrounded by forest. Here, you can enjoy both the
cherry blossoms within the park grounds at the mountain peak and the
expanse of cherry trees around the dam lake below. After the cherry
blossom season ends, the entire mountain is dyed an even deeper shade of
pink with the blossoming of some 10,000 azaleas.
Rice Terraces of Ohaganishi
The Town of Misaki (Kume District) in north-central Okayama Prefecture,
there sits among the mountains at an altitude of 400m an expansive valley
that is filled throughout with terraced rice paddies—some 850 in
all—stretching in every direction along the slope of the valley. The scenery
carved out of the mountains by the unique lines of the rice paddies’ ridge
pattern is simply breathtaking. Selected as one of the Top 100 Rice Terraces
in Japan, these terraced rice paddies are renowned for how their beauty
continually transforms with the passing of each season. During the period
between the rice-planting season in early summer and the fall harvest, the
rice terraces present a spectacular scene sculpted by the collaborative
work of man and Mother Nature. During the fall, the rice terraces present
another gorgeous view when they are engulfed in the occasional sea of
Shinjo Village was once a post-station town on the Izumo Kaido Highway.
To celebrate Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War, over 100 cherry
trees were planted in a row along a 400m stretch of the ancient highway.
The waterway masonry that flows beneath the cherry trees was selected as
one of the Top 100 Soundscapes in Japan. The “Gaisenzakura Festival” is
held each year on the third Sunday of April.
This park is home to approximately 2,000 plum trees in several varieties
such as kobai, oshuku, koshu-koume. The plum trees are best viewed
during the blooming season in mid/late-March, when you can enjoy the red
and white plum blossoms while strolling along the walkway that leads up
Makiba-no-Yakata (Ranch House)
This sprawling ranch includes an herb garden, a petting zoo, athletic
grounds and much more. There is also a processing plant for livestock
products, which are also on offer at the on-site shop and restaurant.
- Makiba-no-Yakata Administrative Office
- 2272 Kita, Misaki Town
- Restaurant Closed on Monday (If Monday is a holliday, it will be closed the following day)
- Free Entry
Green Hills Tsuyama Glass House
This enormous park includes athletic grounds, flower gardens and more.
The Glass House itself is a glass-enclosed indoor water park featuring
heated swimming pools and replete with water slides, a relaxation pool and
a fitness pool.
This is a spot where you can experience authentic rural living, completely
surrounded by forest, while trying you hand at making soba, pottery or
woodcrafts A wide range of accommodation options are available, including
traditional thatched-roof houses, bungalows and log cabins.
Nishiawakura Forest School
Here you can practice hands-on woodworking and participate in seasonal
forest tours. There is also a café featuring furniture made from local
Nishiawakura white cypress wood and BAITEN, a shop that sells
Mt. Nagi Yama-no-Eki (Mountain Station)
Located at the foot of Mt. Nagi, the Yama-no-Eki (Mountain Station features classrooms where you can practice hands-on arts and crafts, as
well as souvenir shops selling local specialties, restaurants and cottages.
There is also a wild flower park filled with lovely flowers that are sure to
warm your heart from season to season.
- Mt. Nagi Yama-no-Eki (Mountain Station)
- 591-1 Koen, Nagi Town
- 9:30~18:00 (Dec.~Mar.: ~17:00)
- Monday (Following Day If Monday a Holiday)