The city is most famous for Korakuen, known as one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens.
Okayama is known as the site of the Korakuen Garden and the black Okayama Castle, which is a modern reconstruction. The popular Japanese folktale of Momotaro may have originated there.
Sogenji is a very large zen monastery belonging to the Rinzai sect in the centre of the city. It has produced several of the abbots of the major monasteries in Kyoto. Under the direction of Shodo Harada Roshi it is now a training centre for foreign practitioners and allows women and lay people and as well as those participating on a part-time basis to as well as ordained men to participate.
Okayama University is located in the city, which founded as a medical school in 1870 and estabilished in 1949 as a university.
The city is one of few Japanese cities to have kept an operational tram system. It is a major rail interchange as trains from Shikoku connect with the SanyÅ main line here.Okayama Airport serves the city.
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