Okayama is the capital of Okayama Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima. The city developed as a castle townduring the Edo Period. Okayama’s most famous attraction is Korakuen Garden, which is ranked as one of the best landscape gardens in Japan. The Okayama Castle, also known as “crow castle”, is located just across from the garden. Okayama serves as the locale for the popular fairy tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy), so visitors will notice many references to the legendary hero.