Okayama is the capital of the Okayama Prefecture, often associated with the fairy tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy). This charming city is home to one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan, Korakuen Garden, a garden dating back to 1700 and offering breathtaking views in each season of the year.
Naoshima is an island located in the Seto Inland Sea and is best known for the Benesse House museum – hotel complex. The island is a little hilly but pleasant enough along the coasts for biking and walking, except for the road from Miyanoura to Chichu Art Museum. It is entirely feasible for all sights on this island to be seen in one day but take a note from the locals and enjoy the island at your own pace.
HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
Situated right by Okayama's main train station and only a few minutes' walk from the tram terminus, there is no better location to start exploring the city and the surrounding region – Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle are only minutes away by tram. There are also plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops nearby, plus the excellent Aeon Mall, so you will never be short of good food, drink, or shopping opportunities.
The spacious rooms at this superior-class hotel are furnished in a modern but warm style, feeling simultaneously sleek and comfortable. Most offer good views over the city.
There are eight cafes, restaurants, and bars in the hotel, including the excellent Prix d’Or on the 19th floor, which serves delicious French cuisine. Breakfast is served at Café Restaurant Oliver and features an excellent selection of Western and Japanese options. American and Japanese style set breakfasts are also available.
OKAYAMA KORAKU HOTEL
This finely decorated hotel is well situated, with only a 5-minute walk between Okayama Station and the hotel. The Okayama Karakuen Garden, as well as Okayama Castle, are also accessible via a short tram ride. Many restaurants, bars, and a shopping mall are nearby, offering you a wide choice of places to relax, shop, and have fun. In addition, the hotel is home to its very own library and museum, containing many fine pieces of pottery from Okayama Prefecture.
The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and excellently furnished, with modern and artistic décor.
The hotel's restaurant offers fantastic Japanese cuisine, serving a wide variety of dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
TOYOKO INN OKAYAMA EKI HIGASHI GUCHI
This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items, and also a little bread.
Being 3 minutes' walk from Okayama's train and tram stations, there is no better location to start exploring the city and the region – Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle are only minutes away by tram. There are also plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops nearby, plus the excellent Aeon Mall, so you will never be short of good food, drink or shopping opportunities.