Okayama’s Top Autumn Leaf Spot: Okutsukei Valley

okayama's top autumn leaf spot okutsukei valley

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to take you to an autumn leaf tour at Okutsukei Valley in Kagamino City (Okayama Prefecture) this time.

Okayama’s Top Autumn Leaf Spot: Okutsukei Valley

Previously, I’ve introduced Okayama’s Autumn leaf spots but as you go further from Okayama central, there are more nice places within Okayama Prefecture. Kagamino City is known for its onsen and autumn leaves. Come to think of it, there are many onsen towns in Northern Okayama like Yunogo City, Yubara City, etc. I shall feature these another time.

 

Okutsu Lake

If you drive, Okutsu Lake is on the way to Okutsukei Valley. Why not stop by for getting fresh air and a drink?

 

Access

60-8 Kouchi, Kagamino-chō, Tomata-gun, Okayama

 

Okutsukei Valley

Since Okutsukei Valley is located in northern Okayama Prefecture, leaves turn red a little earlier than down in Okayama City. Normally early November is the best time. During this period the main road in Okutukei turns ONE WAY to give more walking space for pedestrians. No worries. Security guys will lead you.

 

We are right on time! Leaves are perfectly red.

 

 

Access

By public transportation

55 minutes by a Chutetsu-Hokubu bus from JR Tsuyama station (available every 90 minutes). A bus ticket costs 950 yen (one way)

Okutsukawanishi, Kagamino, Tomata District, Okayama

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It was just one of the many spots to checkout in Okutsu area. I would like to explore other spots another time. Super red leaves in Kyoto are nice but I find mix of green, yellow and red is also neat. Love the contrast.

See you around!

Autumn Leaves at Inukai Memorial Museum in Okayama

autumn leaves at inukai memorial museum in okayama

Hi people. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to take you to see autumn leaves at Inukai Memorial Museum this time. You know, we don’t always have to go very far.

Autumn Leaves at Inukai Memorial Museum in Okayama

Tsuyoshi Inukai is a former prime minister from Okayama, killed by terrorists in 1932 with his famous last words ‘If I could speak, you would understand’. This place displays historical materials of Inukai. Aside from that it’s also a great autumn leaf spot!

autumn leaves at inukai memorial museum in okayama

 

Access

The nearest JR station is Niwase Station. Walking distance of about 2 km. It would be easy by car as well.

102-1 Kawairi, Kita-ku, Okayama

 

Business Hours

Open 9:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closed Every Tuesday
Following days of holidays (except Saturdays)
Dec 28th – Jan 4th

 

Admission

Free

 

Contact

086-292-1820

 

Website

http://www.maroon.dti.ne.jp/inukai.bokudo/  (in Japanese)

 

Gallery

autumn leaves at inukai memorial museum in okayama

 

autumn leaves at inukai memorial museum in okayama

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Perhaps you could find places like this in other cities in Japan. Why not go explore your neighborhood and share your discoveries with us?

See you around!

 

You may want to check this post as well.

Autumn Leaf Spot in Soja City: Hofukuji Temple