Okayama is a city in the Chugoku region of Japan, known for the Koraku-en and as a hub to other cities, such as Kobe, Hiroshima, and Naoshimi Island. The city was quiet and empty, with not as many people out in comparison to busier cities such as Kyoto or Tokyo. Not many tourists stop in Okayama. I visited in April 2019, staying 2 nights at City Hotel Ikeda (HERE).
After traveling on the shinkansen from Hiroshima, and checking in to my hotel, I went out to see Okayama Castle on the 13th of April (HERE)
I was very lucky to see the last of the cherry blossoms on the trees. From the castle, it was a 30 minute walk around the outskirts and moat, to one of the three great parks of Japan, Koraku-en (HERE).
I stumbled upon this cute shopping hall with dinosaurs coming out of the walls.
For dinner, I had a sashimi platter at a random restaurant. It was approx. ¥2300. Everything tasted so fresh and creamy. I had started growing fond of prawns and scampi.
The next day, I headed out at 8 AM to Naoshimi Island. It was a very long and exhausting day trip that you can read about HERE. The weather was cold and windy, so after returning from Naoshimi, I headed to a shopping centre for a late lunch. Thankfully, there was a Gindaco in the food court 😍
Afterwards, I crashed at the hotel because the trip took a huge toll on my body. I had a nap and then realised I had to do laundry, so back out I went. There was a cute river outside the laundro-mat where I sat with my 7/11 egg sandwich and headphones, waiting for my clothes to be washed and dried.
I had another sashimi platter for dinner at a different restaurant because why not treat myself. The next day, Monday 15th, I checked out of my hotel and headed off to Kobe. Of course the weather had to be nice on the day I was leaving 🙄 LOL
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