A Vast Highland Retreat

Kibichuo Park

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Photo source | Kibichuo Facebook Page


Kibichuo is a highland town in the forest-covered heartland of Okayama Prefecture. The mixture of intense natural beauty and incredible agricultural delights sets it apart from other regions of the prefecture.

This unique quality has turned the town into a magnet for those looking to get away from the stress of city life. In fact, there is even a development that caters to those looking to relocate or invest in a vacation home.

Since the founding of Kibi Kougen (Kibichuo Town’s commercial/industrial center) and the building boom that saw the creation of a myriad of social and educational facilities, Kibi Plaza has become the de-facto center of Kibichuo Town.

The plaza is a gathering place, shopping center and community center all rolled into one. There is a hotel and several restaurants on site and it is the main venue for events and festivals throughout the year.

One of the highlights of the year at the plaza and the park is the annual Sansan Festival in mid to late April, where you can enjoy delicious food, hear live music and watch colorful dance performances. It is a great opportunity to plug into the flow of everyday life in the town.

Kibichuo Park is the sprawling 10-hectare piece of land that is directly behind Kibi Plaza, beyond the signature circular elevated walkway. There is plenty of space to stretch out and run about on the grass and through the trees. There are picnic areas with benches and gazebos as well as playground equipment for the kids.

If you would like to stay the night and get the most out of your visit to the park, stay at the hotel at the plaza. This will give you a chance to see the sights of Kibichuo Town. As the park and the hotel are centrally located, you will have the perfect chance to explore the Kayo District, with its wonderful roadside station.

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 Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Takahashi Station. Take the Rehabiri/Yoshikawa bound bus from the Takahashi Bus Center to the Kibi Plaza bus stop.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
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