Trams were popular in Japan from the 1950s, but over the coming decades were replaced by underground subways in most major cities. Trams have been around for a long time in Okayama, and are a convenient method of transport for tourists.

Okayama’s tram

Tram in Okayama
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Tram in Okayama

On the front of this tram is the face of an oni (Japanese demon), probably related to the Setsubun festival which happens in spring around the country.

The tram stops at Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden. Both are very close to each other and share the same tram stop. Even though this area is only about 1.5km from the station, you may the kind of travel who doesn’t like walking.

How to get to Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden by tram

From JR Okayama Station, take the central or east gate exit. If you see a statue of a man with a boy and a dog, and a bus terminal, then you’re in the right place. Across the road is a wide multi lane road divided down the middle. This is where the Okayama-ekimae tram stop is located.

From the Okayama-ekimae tram stop take the #2 tram (to Higashiyama). Get off the tram at the Shiroshita stop (literally translated to “castle below”). The fare is ¥100 yen and you pay when you get off the tram.

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