Okayama is a vibrant, modern city that was once the center of the domain of the feudal Ikeda family. The area is mostly visited by Japanese tourists or foreigners on business trips. Most of the museums in Okayama focus on historic artworks from the region, including the Orient Museum that houses Asian antiquities and is one of the finest museums in Japan. The city was heavily bombed during World War II due to its location as a Japanese Army Base. During reconstruction, the city developed rapidly and became one of the most important cities in the region. Many people come to marvel at the 9km SetoOhashi Bridge that connects Okayama with Shikoku by rail and road. Okayama is best known for its Koraku-en Garden and Okayama-jo Castle, however.
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