Yamada Hokoku was a late Edo era thinker, teacher and political economist

Yamada Hokoku Museum

osa town, niimi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Yamada Hokoku was a late Edo era thinker, teacher and political economist. He is credited with bringing the Bitchu Matsuyama Domain (current Takahashi and Niimi City area) out of a situation of overwhelming debt and into profit.

There are monuments and centers dedicated to Yamada throughout the region, and there is even a train station named in his honor on the Japan Railway Hakubi Line.

The Yamada Hokoku Museum in Osa Town chronicles the life and teachings of this quintessential gentleman scholar. There are videos documenting Yamada’s achievements and several drafts of his manuscripts on display.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo from JR Okayama Station to JR Niimi Station. Transfer to the JR Kishin Line. Take the JR Kishin Line from JR Niimi Station to JR Osakabe Station. Yamada Hokoku Museum is about a 10-minute walk from JR Osakabe Station.

About the Area

Niimi is a city in northwestern Okayama Prefecture on the border with Tottori Prefecture. It is a municipality full of natural wonders, excellent agriculture and old world charm.

Central Niimi is an attractive and livable space with parks and a number of civic buildings. In fact, the city’s central park is a popular location for cherry blossom viewing and picnic lunches.

There is a small river that runs within the town and winds through a tree-lined area, so it is lovely to stroll around the city center.

The outer areas of Niimi are fantastic places to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing and caving.

The local ski slopes are a magnet for skiers and snowboarders who are looking for an excellent alternative to the Hiruzen and Daisen regions.

The Osa district is a nature lovers paradise, with hills that attract  paragliders in search of spectacular highland views from a bird’s-eye perspective.

Ikura-do and Maki-do cave offer two thrilling caving possibilities and are a refreshing way to beat the summer heat and get a bit of exercise at the same time.

The Chiya district of the city is home to a well-appointed hot spring, where onsite restaurant serves locally produced high quality Chiya beef.

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