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Okayama prefecture, in the southern part of Honshu, in the Chugoku region, is best known for its castles and gardens, as well as many famous art museums.

Korakuen, an Edo-era garden counted as one of the top three gardens in Japan and the black Okayama Castle are found in Okayama city, while the city of Kurashiki is known for its historical townscape and the Ohara Museum of Art, where early works by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and other international artists can be seen.