Half-Day Private Tour in Okayama

Tsuyama City, a peaceful town surrounded by mountains, is located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. Only an hour and a half by train from Okayama Station, it’s a perfect travel destination for those who want an experience off the beaten path.

Tsuyama is a castle town established in the 17th century, and its original townscape has been preserved to this day. Here, there are many spots that invoke a feeling of nostalgia for this old-fashioned Japanese scenery. On this tour, our guide will take you to the best spots to experience a feeling of nostalgia in Tsuyama.

In the Joto Machinami Preservation District, more than half of the buildings still standing are traditional 17th-century buildings.
At the Tsuyama Manabi-no-Tetsudo-kan (Railway Museum), valuable trains such as steam locomotives from past centuries will stir up your feelings of nostalgia.

Why not take a look at a different side of Japan in a city with a relaxed atmosphere?
* Duration: 5 to 6 hours
* Starts: Tsuyama, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Tsuyama City, a peaceful town surrounded by mountains, is located in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. Only an hour and a half by train from Okayama Station, it’s a perfect travel destination for those who want an experience off the beaten path.

Tsuyama is a castle town established in the 17th century, and its original townscape has been preserved to this day. Here, there are many spots that invoke a feeling of nostalgia for this old-fashioned Japanese scenery. On this tour, our guide will take you to the best spots to experience a feeling of nostalgia in Tsuyama.

In the Joto Machinami Preservation District, more than half of the buildings still standing are traditional 17th-century buildings.
At the Tsuyama Manabi-no-Tetsudo-kan (Railway Museum), valuable trains such as steam locomotives from past centuries will stir up your feelings of nostalgia.

Why not take a look at a different side of Japan in a city with a relaxed atmosphere?

Itinerary
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Stop At: Old House of Sakushu Joto, 19 Nakanocho, Tsuyama 708-0834 Okayama Prefecture

Joto Machinami Preservation District: This district, with a length of over 1 kilometer, is home to more than 160 traditional buildings stand side by side. At Sakushu Joto Yashiki and Joto Mukashi Machiya, you can actually go inside the buildings. It is a nostalgic area where you can feel how people lived in those days.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Tsuyama Archives of Western Learning, 823 Kawasaki, Tsuyama 708-0841 Okayama Prefecture

Tsuyama Archives of Western Learning: This is the only museum in Japan that specializes in “Western studies”, the study of Western countries from a Japanese perspective. It’s a good place to look at Japanese history and culture from the unusual perspective of Western studies and you may even change your view of Japan and discover something new.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park), 135 Sange, Tsuyama 708-0022 Okayama Prefecture

Tsuyama Castle: This castle is the symbol of Tsuyama. Along with Himeji Castle and Matsuyama Castle, it’s known as one of the “three great flatland-mountain castles” in Japan. From the castle tower, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. It is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in western Japan, and is visited by many people every year during the cherry blossom season.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shurakuen Garden, 628 Yamakita, Tsuyama 708-0004 Okayama Prefecture

Shurakuen Garden: A Japanese garden with over 300 years of history. It is designed so that visitors can enjoy the harmonious beauty no matter what season they visit. Even though it is located in the city centre, it is a very quiet space, allowing you to feel as if time has stopped.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Tsuyama Junior and Senior High School, 62 Tsubakikōge, Tsuyama, Okayama 708-0051, Japan

Old Tsuyama High School Main Building: This is an old-world style building, built 120 years ago, is still in use to this day. Though you can’t enter the premises, you can feel the splendor of the building from the outside.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Josai Roman Hall, 122 Tamachi, Tsuyama 708-0052 Okayama Prefecture

Josai Roman Museum: A Western-style house built over 100 years ago, holding exhibitions that show how people lived back then. You can taste a unique coffee brewed in the old days, named after a person associated with the history of coffee in Japan.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Tsuyama Manabi no Tetsudokan, Otani, Tsuyama 708-0882 Okayama Prefecture

Tsuyama Manabi-no-Tetsudo-kan: This museum has exhibits on the history and mechanics of railroads. The old railroad car warehouse, built-in 1980, is lined with steam locomotives and other railroad cars that were once in use, giving visitors a nostalgic feeling. It is a space that railroad enthusiasts will love.

Duration: 40 minutes