Okayama Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Okayama City
You shuold visit Kōraku-en in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. Kōraku-en which was built by the Okayama Domain in Edo period is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. The lawns, ponds, hills and cabins in this garden are tastefully placed. Okayama Castle adjoining Kōraku-en is also beautiful. Okayama Domain was very eager in education. It established the oldest han school and the oldest school for the common people, Shizutani School.

Kibitsu Shrine in Okayama City is also important. It has a connection in the well-known Japanese fairy tale "Momotaro". Momotaro gave his servant dog, monkey and pheasant millet dumplings (kibidango). These kibidangos has become a special product of Okayama Prefecture.

See also
*The Three Great Gardens of Japan --- Kairaku-en in Mito, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama

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