In Omiyage Kaido Momotaro, you can buy sweet gifts for loved ones. The store's specialization is the most popular regional sweets. A huge selection of colorful boxes and bags of sweets is always available for customers here. The most unusual and popular among tourists are sweets made from rice and rice flour. An incredibly interesting store is FRUIT HOUSE that is sure to please all fans of healthy sweets. The store … Open
12. Summers in Okayama are always hot, but it’s still worth taking some warm clothes with you. They are sure to come in handy in entertainment, cultural, and shopping centers where air conditioning is usually turned on. 13. The traditional cutlery in local cuisine restaurants is chopsticks. Only in some restaurants, foreign visitors are offered western-style forks and spoons. 14. Okayama is famous not … Open
Those who like to walk around quiet scenic places will like Higashiyama Park. This is another picturesque park with many fountains and exotic plants. Beautiful playgrounds with slides and swings are equipped for children here. Visitors to the park can look for many interesting monuments and structures, which can possibly turn into a fascinating activity. Those who want to explore picturesque places with a … Open
In the vicinity of Okayama is the famous Bizen-yaki craft center, which can also be visited as part of the tour. Here, craftsmen make unique pottery according to ancient technology, which is the oldest in Japan. All visitors to the center can observe the work of the masters and even buy products they like. Special clay with a unique mineral composition is used for making utensils, which is the main secret of high … Open
Okayama residents also cherish customs associated with national costumes. Traditional clothes are worn on all holidays and special occasions. The national costume is an obligatory attribute of the tea ceremony and many other rituals. Throughout the year, Okayama holds many sumptuous holidays, mostly of religious nature. The most unusual celebration attracting lots of tourists is the annual Hadaka Matsuri Festival … Open
The city also has several excellent pastry shops, and Motsuaruto is highly recommended to those having a sweet tooth. It serves delicious cakes and pastries, all desserts are distinguished by beautiful decoration. Visitors can try ready-made desserts or order a cake made according to an individual recipe. This cafe is a good place to arrange a wonderful family celebration. The prices are traditionally attractive, … Open
Japan - moving around the country
Bus service is also well developed in the country, although the speed of movement on this mode of transport is inferior to that the train. Buses in the country are always clean and comfortable. The fare is paid to the driver when boarding. In some cities, trolley buses and trams operate. In the largest cities of the country, including the capital Tokyo, underground and surface subways are operational. It is worth noting that the metro in Tokyo is the first metro in all of Asia and so far, it is one of the most congested in the world. If you want to independently regulate your movement around the country, you can rent a car. Although, it should be pointed out that this method of transportation is the least popular here. You will need to have a driver’s license and purchase Japanese insurance. It is worth noting that road signs in Japan are different from European ones, so many tourists find it very difficult to navigate in the left-hand traffic. Moreover, it is very difficult to find parking in large places.
Overview of festivals and celebrations in Japan
On the third day of March, Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day which is a romantic holiday is marked. The most beautiful tradition attached to this event is the ubiquitous exhibition of dolls. Richly dressed girls doll called “hina ningyo”, are exhibited in houses on specially designed stands helping to recreate scenes from the life of the imperial court. In the olden days, people believed that dolls are capable of driving away evil spirits. Japanese boys also have their own holiday, Tango no sacku or Boy’s Day celebrated on the 5th day of May. On this day, colorful carp images are displayed in the houses symbolizing the strength of spirit and courage.