Category Archives: Okayama

Japan’s Hidden Gems: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Many travelers to Japan take trips to popular destinations like Tokyo and Kyoto, and not without reason – these areas boast some of the most beautiful and easily accessed locations in the country. Some feel that popular places are not worth visiting and photographing since they’ve already been photographed repeatedly, but I would not agree...

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    Ride Through The Bikan

    This photo comes from my family’s trip to Okayama Prefecture several weeks back. I didn’t include it in the Kurashiki Evening post, I’m not sure why, but anyway I like it a lot. Sometimes as a photographer it’s good to get as low as you can, but in certain places that can be a challenge....

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      A Morning Walk Around Shimotsui

      Japan has no shortage of famous locations to visit. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Mt Fuji are just a few of the major destinations on many a person’s travel list. While it’s great to visit such places, I believe if you want to really experience Japan, you have to make some time for some of the smaller,...

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      • Mike LopezHi Les,
        Your photos really bring back memories of my youth. My Mom was from Shimotsui and I visited the town a few times in the early to mid 70’s while a youngster living on Yokota AFB. At the time, there were few foreigners to be seen, and our family would arrive in a full-size station wagon to the amazement (amusement) of the locals. I was back again in 1990.
        My wife and nine year old son and I will be visiting next month from the San Francisco Bay Area. Would you be so kind as to advise the easiest way to get to Shimotsui from Okayama where we’ll be staying. We plan to just wander around as the memories flood back to me. In the 70’s, we took a two car train into Washuzan. I recall walking down a seemingly endless number of steps to the town. The fishermen took us fishing and to nearby islands to swim. Really fond memories of a quiet little town, but with plenty to explore.
        Anyway, look forward to hearing from you.

        Sincerely,

        Mike LopezReplyCancel

        • leslieHi Mike,

          Thanks for the comment! Very interesting reading your own experiences. Quite a time you had there for you sure, so I can see why you’re looking forward to the visit.

          The best way to get there now from Okayama Station is to take the marine liner (I think it is called) to Kojima Station, then take a bus from that station to Shimotsui. That bus also continues on to Washuzan, so you could take the bus to Washuzan and then walk down from the mountain into the town, or you could stop earlier and walk around the town and walk up the mountain. There might be a bus that goes directly to Washuzan, as well.

          Hope that helps! Have fun, and thanks again! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • SherGreat post, I’ll have to bookmark it for when I get another chance to visit Japan and tackle off the beaten path cities. I especially love that last shot at night with all the glowing lights.

        Sher
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        • leslieYou won’t regret it, Sher. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

      An Evening at the Kurashiki Bikan Historical District

      Last week I had the pleasure of paying a visit to Okayama Prefecture with my family. Before we went, I was especially looking forward to photographing some spots I had perhaps neglected when we lived there. One place that was high on my list was the Kurashiki Bikan Historical District. This area is filled with...

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      • MikeYour Bikan District images are absolutely brilliant! Really well done. I’m impressed.

        Best regards,
        MikeReplyCancel

        • leslieThanks very much, Mike! Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂ReplyCancel

      • DavidI love Bikan, and your pictures translate the atmosphere of the place superbly.
        Thanks for this.ReplyCancel

        • leslieThanks for the kind words, David! My pleasure 🙂ReplyCancel

      Shimotsui Sunset

      This past week my family had the opportunity to travel back to Okayama where we lived 3 years ago. As you can imagine, I was really excited to take my camera around many of these places that I remember so well. For one, there were many spots that I never shot and afterward really wished...

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