A garden with a view

Kibi-no-mori Botanical Garden

kibichuo town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Kibichuo Town is known for its natural environment, which stretches over a vast landscape that includes many of the mountains and valleys of the Chugoku Mountain Range. The sheer size of the town can be overwhelming but there are alternative ways to appreciate its beauty without having to travel great distances.

Open April through November, Kibi-no-mori is a compact botanical garden is set in the midst of a mountaintop forest and offers a sweeping panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. In fact, on a clear day you can see all the way to Mt Daisen across Okayama’s northern border in Tottori Prefecture.

The Kibi-no-mori features around 300 varieties of flowers, including roughly 100 rose varieties as well as  lotus flowers that rest peacefully on the still water of the garden pond.

The environment is perfect for relaxation and for a bit of physical activity as there are open spaces where you can move you body and children can run around. Take part in an arts and crafts lesson conducted by a knowledgeable locals.

There is also plenty to do nearby. Enjoy the nearby horseback riding facility and a terrific hot spring that is located in this idyllic highland setting. Visit the heart of Kibi Plaza at the heart of Kibi Chuo Town to put your finger on the pulse of the region. Have a meal at one of its excellent restaurants or eateries.

Enquire about accommodation at the resort hotel in Kibi Plaza if you are interested in staying the night. If you plan far enough ahead, you might consider doing a farmstay in order to enjoy the full experience of being in Kibichuo Town.

About the Area

Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit. Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.

Access: Take the Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuwatari Station. Take a 25 minute taxi ride from JR Fukuwatari Station to Kibi-no-Mori Botanical Garden.

Cancellation Policy

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