Kasaoka City is a small city that sits near the border between Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures. In fact, it lies closer to Fukuyama City in Hiroshima than it does to Okayama City, and is a popular stop-off with visitors travelling between the two prefectures.
A quiet city, Kasaoka City is a nice place to visit nonetheless due to some unusual things to see and do. The most well-known attraction is the Kabutogani Horseshoe Crab Museum, which is dedicated to educating the public about horseshoe crabs: their physiology, history, and current plight. Visitors can see live horseshoe crabs in tanks in the museum as well as in an outdoor contained habitat. Young visitors will also enjoy strolling in the park next to the museum as the park is filled with life-sized replica (but realistic looking) dinosaurs.
Other attractions include huge fields of seasonal flowers at the Michi-no-Eki Bay Farm farmer’s market, the Ono Chikkyo Art Museum, Ikasa Railway Memorial Museum, Konoshima Temple Pilgrimage, Kasaoka Port Festival in July, Sunflower Festival in early August, Shiraishi Odori dance festival in mid-August, and the Konoshima Tenjin Festival in mid-September.
Kasaoka is also popular with island-hoppers, especially in summer, as the island chain of Takashima, Shiraishijima, Kitagishima, Manabeshima, Kobishima, Obishima and Mushima are accessible by ferry. The islands are popular destinations for visitors who enjoy swimming at the beach, camping, fishing, and just getting away from it all for a while.
Ramen-lovers will love Kasaoka, as its many ramen shops offer a wide variety of delicious ramen, with each shop offering its own style of soup and toppings. There is even a ramen map published by the Kasaoka Ramen Development Project Committee that illustrates the type of ramen served in each shop.
Despite being easily accessible by train and car, Kasaoka is a perfect place for those seeking a relaxing, off-the-beaten track destination.