Brief Introduction

Ukan is a highland town located in central Okayama Prefecture. Formerly independent, it became part of Takahashi City in 2004. The town is located along the upper section of the Ukan River, which is a branch of the larger Takahashi River.

You will find that Ukan has a significant Edo era townscape, comprised of former shop fronts and a sake brewery. One of the interesting aspects of these buildings is that some of the roofs have the black tile of the Seto Inland Sea region, while others are covered in the red tile that you find in Tottori and Shimane Prefectures.

Although Ukan is perhaps best known for the mountaintop stone pinwheel structures of Ukan Tsuneyama Park, the overall beauty of its natural environment defines the town. Characterized by the stark contrast of its peaks and valleys, it is a refreshing place to unwind.