Friday, February 3, 2017

Chugoku Sanyo, San-in 中国地方山陽、山陰 - Okayama JR Station 岡山駅, Okayama Electric Tramway 岡山電気軌道

Okayama JR Station, is one of the major train stations on Sanyo Shinkansen which stretches from Shin Osaka to Hakata. Apart from the bullet train line, conventional railway lines such as Sanyo main line, between Himeji and Moji, passes through Okayama and other stations such as Kurashiki, Onomichi, Hiroshima, Shin-Yamaguchi, Shin-Shimonoseki.

Shinkansen and limited express trains serving Okayama JR Station include:
(1) Nozomi, the fastest speed Shinkansen commuting between Tokyo and Hakata, via Okayama and Hiroshima in Chugoku region.
(2) Mizuho, the fastest speed Shinkansen commuting between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima Chuo, via Okayama and Hiroshima in the Chugoku region.
(3) Sakura - Shinkansen commutes between Shin Osaka and Kagashima Chuo, via Okayama, Fukuyama, Hiroshima and Shin-Yamaguchi in the Chugoku region.

(4) Limited Express Super Inaba, commutes between Okayama and Tottori.
(5) Limited Express Yakumo, commutes between Okayama and Izumoshi, via Yonago, Matsue and Tamatsukuri Onsen.
(6) Sunrise Express, commutes between Tokyo and Izumoshi.
(7) JR Marine Liner, commutes between Okayama and Takamatsu, on Shikoku.
(8) Limited Express Nanpu, commutes between Okayama and Kochi, on Shikoku.


What's nearby?

(1) Okayama Electric Tramway 岡山電気軌道
Two prominent cultural/historical assets in Okayama city, Okayama Castle (岡山城) and Korakuen (後楽園), are accessible via the city's electric tramway. Okayama ekimae station is connected to the train station via underpass (on the East Exit).
From Okayama ekimae station (岡山駅前), board the tram on Higashiyama line (東山線) and alight at Jo-shita station (城下駅). From here, it takes 7 mins walk to reach Okayama Castle. A trip to Okayama Castle is not complete without exploring Korakuen, a beautifully landscaped traditional Japanese style garden, located in the vicinity.
Fee (between Okayama ekimae and Jo-shita) = 100 yen
Fee for 1 day free pass = 400 yen

(2) Sun Station Terrace Okayama さんすて岡山 & Ichiban-gai  一番街
One thing that caught me by surprise was that Okayama city was a bustling and lively place; but less crowded than Hiroshima city in comparison. Sun Station Terrace is seamlessly connected to the train station, comprised of an extensive range of shops (such as ABC Mart and GU) and restaurants. Apart from underpasses connected to tram station and nearby shopping malls, Ichiban gai is an underground city, with street names lined with shops, cafes (such as Starbucks) and restaurants.

(3) More shopping malls
Bic Camera, Takashimaya and Aeon are strategically located in the vicinity (on the East Exit) and are all connected the train station via underpasses.
Aeon Mall:

West Exit of Okayama JR Station.

Commemorative stamps:



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