Interactive maps of hiking and biking routes around Okayama
1. You can zoom in/out using your mouse wheel, as well as move the map of Okayama with your mouse.
2. This interactive map presents two modes: 'Biking Routes' and 'Hiking Routes'. Use the '+' button on the map to switch between them.
Railway and landscape maps of Okayama area
This Okayama map has two modes: 'Railway Network' and 'Landscape & Rural Map'. Use the '+' button on the map to navigate.
Okayama - guide chapters
City tours, excursions and tickets in Okayama and surroundings
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.