Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would to introduce beautiful noren in Katsuyama.

Art of Noren in Katsuyama, Maniwa City

Katsuyama is in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture. It has a popular sightseeing spot called Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area just like Kurashiki Bikan Quarter where traditional houses and buildings are preserved with efforts. On top of that, Katsuyama is known for its noren production.


What is Noren?

Well, noren is the cloth hung between rooms. It can be seen at store entrance as well like in a photo below. This is a kominka Cafe Meijiya that we previously featured. It definitely adds a store something anyhow, doesn’t it? What’s interesting about this area in Katuyama is that almost every store/house has a noren at the entrance with a different design. OK, let’s go take a look.


Noren Gallery

You may expect traditional designs? Sure thing. However, There are a lot of modern designs as well. It’s quite a view to see all these on the same street!

Post office.


Another car design.

Alright. Let’s call it a day.



Name Katsuyama Preserved Area (勝山・町並み保存地区)

Katsuyama, Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture

*Free parking is available.



How do you find it? A lovely cafe called Kapibara Coffee is right on this main street. Please check this out as well. We loved it.

See you around!

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Hola amigos. It’s Autumn! What’s in Autumn? Camping! So I would like to share our autumn camp in Katsuyama, Maniwa City (Okayama Prefecture) this time.

Autumn Camp in Katsuyama: Utsukushii Mori Camp Ground

Katsuyama is in the same Maniwa City where Hiruzen is, however it’s like 60 minutes away by car. Since it is run by Maniwa City, rates are reasonably low (1,000 yen for a tent space/night) and it has other facilities like bungalows as well. Reservation is required (Call or visit the city office. Check information below).

It is like a 30-minute drive from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station, pretty much in the middle of the mountain but looks well maintained with full of nature still! There is famous Kanba Falls on the way. We would like to stop by later on.

We brought our own tent. Basically we can set it up anywhere we feel like.


At night, I felt a bit afraid hearing animals barking but turns out, it was all cool. Perhaps I was overthinking (hehe).


Morning! It was still October but quite chilly already….(shaking). Let’s get warmed up with hot coffee! By the way, payment can be done at the visitor center.



Name Utsukusi Mori Camp Ground (勝山美しい森キャンプ場)

By bus (from JR Chugoku-Katsuyama Station)

Catch a bus to Hiruzen Kogen (蒜山高原 (休暇村前) Hiruzen/Kuse route) and get off at Mio. (It costs 200 yen)

453-1 Sugatani Maniwa City, Okayama

Contact Number 086-744-2927
Website Camp Site Page (in Japanese Only)


City office

Name Maniwa CIty Office in Katsuyama (真庭市役所 勝山振興局 地域振興課)
Access 319 Katsuyama Maniwa city, Okayama



How do you find it? It was nice to soak ourselves into the nature once again. Can’t wait for the next camp. Happy camping!

See you around!