As we moved through passport control at the Okayama airport, the official asked, “Why are you coming to Okayama? There isn’t anything here.” We laughed and told him that it was a cheap flight (“Oh, okay that makes sense.”) It was a cheap flight that brought us to Okayama, but we are so glad we made a quick stay here. We enjoyed visiting a “smaller” town (compared to Kyoto and Tokyo).
Okayama is home to one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Japan. We spent a leisurely afternoon exploring and admiring the garden. The water irises were in bloom at this time of year. It was fun to see the landscape change over the course of our time in Japan. This was the first hint to us that we would want to come back some day in the fall for a completely different experience during a different season. Parker and I have gotten into watching gardening shows in the last year (don’t judge us) and really liked getting to explore different aspects of a really proper Japanese garden.
This city is known as the “stomach of Japan.” While most of Japan focuses on the aesthetic of cuisine as well as the taste, Okayama doesn’t care as long as it tastes good … check out the pictures of us eating Okonomiyaki to prove this point. (Parker had found this video before our trip and was excited to try it).