Okayama (often called the “Land of Sunshine”) is a major transportation hub where the Shinkansen connects with they only train connection to the island of Shikoku. Its climate is warm enough throughout the year to grow olive trees. The major attractions include Okayama Castle and Korakuen.
Okayama Castle: Constructed in 1597 and destroyed by bombing in World War II; it was reconstructed in 1966.
Korakuen: one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Built in 1700 and reached its modern form in 1863.
Our hotel room was at the station hub of the Okayama Electric Tramway network (3.8 km; one of the shortest tram lines in Japan) and it was fun looking out the window to see the different tramcar designs. One is even for kids, using children songs and music. Japan knows how to make it fun and interesting to use the public transportation (not just for long distance trains but alsotheir subways and buses) and the locals have huge respect for their system. It is clean and safe. People rarely sip water or liquids on board. People talk in hushed tone. (Loud conversation tends to be foreign visitors.) No phone call or ringtones. No trash lying around. On high speed trains on longer journeys across the country, people do consume food and often it is in bento boxes. It is a joy for us to use the system.