A journey into feudal Japan

Kamogata Machiya Park

asakuchi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

 

Kamogata was the name of a powerful clan that ruled much of southwestern Okayama Prefecture under the greater authority of the Lord of Okayama Castle. It was the center of commerce and political authority, with impressive administrative buildings and cultural exchange facilities to match.

Kamogata Machiya Park is a museum complex and learning center that is run by the Kamogata Board of Education. Its purpose is to preserve the Edo era legacy of this historic district of Asakuchi City.

Included on the list of Japan’s top 100 historical parks, Kamogawa Machiya consists of a number of beautiful period warehouses that have been beautifully restored and maintained. These are used as repositories and archives.

The park sits on several thousand square meters of plant, flower and tree-filled gardens. The lovely landscaping and the authentic structures transport you to feudal Japan.

If you decide to walk from Kamogata Station, you will walk by the city hall and have an opportunity to stop in at the Kamogata Regional Museum. Here you can get a bit more information about the culture of the area. You will pass the Central Community Center, where you can pick up some brochures and find out about upcoming local events. It even has a cafe!

If you are in town around lunch or dinner time and are in the mood for Japanese fare, experience the simple elegance of the local restaurant Aji Kou Bou-en.

Accommodation is available nearby, as you have the choice of staying at a traditional Japanese-style inn or a hotel, allowing you to experience the full hospitality of the town.

Enjoy Kamogata’s brilliant townscape and the entire neighborhood surrounding Kamogata Machiya Park.

Access: Take the Sanyo Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kamogata Station. Kamogata Machiya Park is about a 6-minute taxi ride or a 30-minute walk from JR Kamogata Station.

 

ABOUT ASAKUCHI CITY

Asakuchi City is located next to Kurashiki City. A rural area with a population of around 36,000 people. It is a newly formed city that joined the towns of Kamogata, Konko and Yorishima. From the Seto Inland Sea coastline to the inland mountains areas, Asakuchi has something for any visitor to enjoy. Kamagata Town is considered the ‘udon noodles’ capital of the prefecture. Here you will find many novel and unique udon noodles restaurants to tempt your palettes. This area also has many udon noodles factories producing udon noodles for businesses around Japan.

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