Outline of Okayama Prefecture

With Hyogo Prefecture to the east and Hiroshima Prefecture adjoining to the West, Okayama Prefecture is located at the centre of the ancient Sanyō Highway area. Facing the Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku to the south, and adjoining the San-in region to the north, since ancient times it has had an important location as a strategic transportation hub of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.

With ancient Kibi rivaling the Yamato region as an origin of culture, the area has since olden times, through to the current day, made various large contributions to the promotion of industry, economy and culture.

Currently boasting an extremely well established transport infrastructure of a level rarely seen nation-wide and which includes such aspects as a highway network which extends across the length and breadth of the prefecture, the Okayama Airport

which operates flights both domestically and internationally, and a rail system which includes bullet trains and extends in all directions, the area is continuing to steadily develop as a transportation hub of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.

Travelling 2 hours via the highway from Okayama interchange covers an area populated by some 16.4 million people, a population exceeding that of Tokyo.

Furthermore, in April of 2009, the capital of the prefecture, Okayama City, became the country’s 18th designated city.

The Prefecture at a Glance
- Mountains, Rivers, and Sea -

The Prefecture at a Glance - Mountains, Rivers, and Sea -

・Total area (as of 2011) - 7,113.23km2; 1.9% of the total area of Japan and 17th largest prefecture in the country.

・Terrain - can be generally categorised into the Chugoku mountains and basin area of the prefecture’s northern region, such hilly areas as the Kibi Highlands in the centre of the prefecture, and the open plains of the prefecture’s south. The prefecture’s north boasts mountains and hot springs, while the south is blessed with a gentle sea and many beautiful islands, with the beautiful colours of the Setouchi coast lands stretching into the distance.

・Water - The three rivers which originate in the Chugoku mountains (the Yoshii, Asahi, and Takahashi rivers) are often praised for their rich and high quality waters, and are used for domestic, industrial, and agricultural applications.


Okayama Prefecture is the center of the Chugoku
and Shikoku districts, and the point from which roads spread to all four cardinal points.

Okayama Prefecture is located at the center of the Sanyo Expressway, which runs between the Kansai and Kyushu regions. The south side of Okayama is the gate to Shikoku, while its northern side offers access to the Sanin region. It receives attention as a key traffic hub and a place for sightseeing, as well as for being an industrial complex.

Time by direct flight to Okayama Airport
・From Seoul1 hour 35 minutes
・From Shanghai2 hours
・From Hong Kong3 hour 30 minutes
Time by direct flight to Okayama Airport
・From Tokyo1 hour 10 minutes
・From Sapporo1 hour 50 minutes
・From Okinawa2 hours
For more information, contact:

Okayama Airport Terminal

〒701-1131 nichiouji 1277 Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

TEL: +81-86-294-5201

The airport Shuttle Bus guide

The airport Shuttle Bus is convenient for travel from Okayama Airport to each area of Okayama Prefecture.

【Bizen Area】Time to Okayama ・To Okayama Station East Exit 30 minutes

【Bicchu Area】Time to Kurashiki  ・To Kurashiki Station North Exit 35 minutes

【Mimasaka Area】Time to Tsuyama  ・To the Kumenan town office 45 minutes
・To the Misaki town office 55 minutes
・To Tsuyama Area Bus Center 1 hour 10 minutes