Okayama Korakuen Garden is located at the center of Okayama ...
Old Yakage Honjin
Yakage is located in the prefecture of Okayama. Not very known from foreigners, it’s a little town with very old traditional houses from the Edo period. I went there, welcomed by local people who try to improve tourism in this area.
They were very nice, they brought me in different places so I got the chance to know this area a little bit more. Getting there is a bit complex but this is part of the adventure!
Plus, the train you have to take is very special!
So we went to the main street and we started to visit what was a guesthouse for the daimyo during the Edo period. It was the first time I could finally find an authentic place where samuraï and daimyo use to live. It is completely different from castles or so on. It is very authentic.
After that, we went to different place in the main street and eat lunch. They brought me to a temple outside the town and I was very surprised because there was at least 5 foreigners training for a ceremony. They told me that they retired and came here to find peace. Very good experience though.
We went to another place and they made me paint a traditional mask.
Last place they brought me was another temple known for is beautiful garden. It was amazing!
Yakage is not very well known but it is a beautiful place, very calm and peaceful. I highly recommend it for those who love japanese history or those who want to get away from the stress of big cities.