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Asakuchi City, Okayama Prefecture is known as an area with many astronomical facilities, but it is actually also full of sightseeing spots and gourmet food. This time we will introduce a standard model course recommended for first-time visitors.

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What is Asakuchi City, Okayama Prefecture?

Asakuchi City, Okayama Prefecture is known as the ”city of astronomy,'' home to Asia's largest astronomical facilities, Kyoto University's Okayama Observatory and the Subaru Telescope Okayama Branch Office, NAOJ NINS. There are also plenty of sightseeing spots, including Harutshoyama, which is attracting attention as a filming location for movies, and Kamogata Machiya Park, which has been selected as one of the top 100 Japanese historical parks. Furthermore, surrounded by the warm climate of the Seto Inland Sea and a beautiful natural environment, the area is full of delicious gourmet food, including local agricultural and marine products and their processed products.

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Asakuchi City’s standard model course

Time required: Approximately 3 hours / Target audience: First-timers, family, friends

In this article, we will introduce a course that will allow you to easily visit Asakuchi City's major sightseeing spots.

Enjoy Asakuchi City's astronomical facility with one of the largest reflecting telescopes in the country, as well as chewy, hand-stretched noodles made using traditional methods!

1. Experience the mysteries of the universe at Okayama Astronomical Museum

”Okayama Astronomical Museum'' is an astronomical facility adjacent to two of Japan's largest telescopes. You can experience the familiar universe through things like planetariums and solar observation, and learn about astronomy while having fun. The view from the museum is also spectacular, with the Seto Inland Sea spreading out to the south, and views of the Seto Inland Islands, Seto Ohashi Bridge, and Mt. Shikoku.

Time required: Approximately 60 minutes

2. “Mt.Yosho Comprehensive Park Observation Deck” is a scenic spot that has been used as a filming location for a movie.

This spot offers a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and the Mizushima Industrial Area, and has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 night views. You can enjoy different scenery depending on the time of day, weather, and season.

Time required: Approximately 15 minutes

3. Taste Asakuchi City's proud specialty, "hand-stretched noodles''

Hand-stretched udon, which boasts one of the largest production volumes in Japan, is made using a traditional method different from hand-cut noodles, and is characterized by its chewy texture. At Menkurando, in addition to dining and shopping, you can also take a footbath and experience making hand-stretched noodles.

Time required: Approximately 60 minutes

4. Selected as one of Japan's top 100 historical parks! "Kamagata Machiya Park"

The "Former Takato Family Residence" located in "Kamagata Machiya Park" is the oldest and valuable townhouse in the prefecture and has been designated as an important cultural property of Okayama Prefecture. A historic site consisting of two townhouses built in the Edo period, as well as a restored historical site zone including storehouses, wells, earthen walls, and gardens, as well as a landscape zone with a traditional botanical garden, lawn plaza, and observatory where you can enjoy seasonal classic plants. The park has also been selected as one of Japan's top 100 historical parks.

Time required: Approximately 30 minutes

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Asakuchi City, located in Okayama Prefecture, is an "astronomical city'' where astronomical facilities such as the Kyoto University Okayama Observatory, which has one of the largest telescopes in Asia, Subaru Telescope Okayama Branch Office, NAOJ NINS, and the Okayama Astronomical Museum are gathered. Although it is a very compact town, in addition to astronomical facilities, there is Mount Yosho, which is attracting attention as a filming location for movies, Kamogata Machiya Park, which has been selected as one of the top 100 Japanese historical parks, and Honshu's only Salicary grassland. There are many attractions such as fabrics. Also, blessed with the warm climate of the Seto Inland Sea and rich nature, there are many delicious gourmet foods such as agricultural and marine products and their processed products. Please come and visit Asakuchi City, which is full of attractions and flavors.

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