Okayama Station 岡山駅
Okayama Station is located in Okayama, and is an important station forming a crossroads with shinkansen trains coming from Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka to the east and Fukuoka, Yamaguchi and Hiroshima to the west.
Okayama Station Connections
Okayama Station is a busy, major rail intersection. Okayama Station is on the Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station, the Sanyo Main Line connecting Kobe Station and Moji Station in Fukuoka Prefecture, the Uno Line (Seto-Ohashi Line) to Uno in Okayama, the Kibi Line to Soja and the Tsuyama Line to Tsuyama.
Yakumo Limited Express trains from Okayama run to Matsue in Shimane Prefecture in 2 hours and 35 minutes. Super Inaba Limited Express trains from Okayama connect to Tottori in 1 hour and 50 minutes via Kamigori.
JR Marine Liner trains from Okayama Station also connect south to Takamatsu in 55 minutes, Tokushima (with a change in Takamatsu to the Uzushio Express) in around 2 hours, Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture on the Shiokaze Limited Express in 2 hours, 40 minutes and Kochi on the Nanpu Limited Express in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Buses from Okayama Station
Okayama Station is a highway bus terminus for buses to various destinations in the Chugoku region and beyond. There are long-distance buses to Tokyo (Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Bus Station, Hamamatsucho), Kansai International Airport (KIX), Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Kochi, Kyoto Station, Osaka, Nagoya Station, Nagasaki (with a change in Fukuoka), Matsue, Matsuyama, Izumo, Tokushima and Yonago.
Local buses also radiate out from Okayama and the tram stops outside Okayama Station at Okayama-Ekimae Station.
There is free internet access within the station including in the smoking room.
Okayama Station Shopping
The area in and around Okayama Station is a major shopping and entertainment district. The station building itself has the Sun Station Terrace shopping center on the first to fifth floors with a number of restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, clothing stores and coin lockers. Okayama IchiBanGai is an underground shopping center on the first basement floor under the station.
The West Exit of Okayama Station is quieter with more office space, the Okayama Convention Center and the Okayama City Museum, whereas the East Exit has more shops and restaurants and is the livelier with many of Okayama's major hotels and stores grouped here, including a branch of Bic Camera.
At the East Exit of Okayama Station is a statue of Momotaro, which is a popular meeting place and a fountain. The Tourist Information Center is also at the East Exit and close by is the Momochari (ももちゃり) cycle rental center.
Okayama Station Hotels
Hotels are clustered close to both the East and West exits of Okayama Station: places to choose from include the 4-star ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama, the Toyoko Inn Okayama Ekimae Nishiguchi Hiroba, (both at the West Exit) and the Granvia Okayama Hotel, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama and the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Okayama Ekimae (at the East Exit)
See here for a full listing of hotel accommodation near Okayama Station.
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