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A short trip by tram

The trams are running in 17 cities in Japan.
And as for the tram in Okayama, it’s known that it has a shortest tram route all over Japan. 

In fact, the route is only 4.7km long even if you join two routes (Higashiyama line and Seikibashi line) of it.
Despite of that, the tram is really convenient when you look around the center of Okayama City. The tram stops at some popular tourist sites such as Koraku-en garden and Okayama castle.
So, let’s go on a short trip by tram!


Trams come in all shapes and sizes.
I’ll show you some of them


MOMO
It has a low floor so that passengers can get on and get off easily.
An essential aspect of it is the modern design of the body and interior, especially stylish wooden floor and seats. 
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                                     ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd


KURO
The oldest tram in Okayama (since 1969) has remodeled.
The black colour like a crow reminds us Okayama castle (it’s called ‘the crow castle’)
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                                      ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd 


Tama
Lovely cats are painted on the body of the tram.
She is a stationmaster of Kishi station on Wakayama railway in Wakayama prefecture.
You can also find her in the carriage
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                                      ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd

These three trams are designed by a well-known designer from Okayama, Mitooka Eigi.
His design is not only functional but also entertaining


By the way, some seasonal events are held in the tram.
For instance, trams are beautifully illuminated at Christmas time (left).
What’s more, they sometimes turn into wine bars (right)
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                                                       ©Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd
It seems to be a lot of fun Maybe you should see once!


Okayama electric tramway Co Ltd

www.okayama-kido.co.jp/tramway/


Then, let’s go somewhere by tram
Today, I’ll show you some unique buildings in the centre of Okayama city.


That’s the tram station.
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The fee is 100yen or 140yen, depends on the distance.
If you use trams many times in one day, maybe you’d better buy a one-day tram pass for 400yen (adults).
You can buy it at an ticket center in Okayama station or in the tram.


First, we visited the office of Asahi Shimbun (a newspaper publishing company) which is designed by Ando Tadao.
It’s about 2min from Yanagawa station.

岡山市内 247 岡山市内 249 The building is facing the big street (Yanagawa suji).
It’s a three-storied building, and it has car park on the ground floor, an office and a small garden on the first floor, a gallery on the third floor.
It looks cool



Asahi Shimbun Okayama

Address:1-12-11 Nodaya cho, Kita Ward, Okayama City



Next, we headed for ‘Okayama kinshu kaikan’.
It’s about 2min from Shiroshita station.

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It was built as a base for the temperance movement in 1923.
We seldom see wooden European style building like it in Okayama City.
In fact, the building is designated as national cultural asset.


There’s a retro café on the ground floor

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Okayama kinshu kaikan
Address: 1-1-15 Marunouchi, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-222-6297
ww61.tiki.ne.jp/~kinsyukaikan/


We got on the tram again to see ‘Renaiss Hall’.
It’s about 3min walk from Kencho-dori station.

IMG_1967.jpg ルネス 005  Renaiss Hall was built in 1922 as the Bank of Japan Okayama branch.
The design of the building is strongly influenced by Greek architectural style.

It was designated a cultural asset in 2005, then it turned into a place for concerts and exhibitions.  So, it has a concert hall, a café, an exhibition hall.

We explored the building

Here’s a concert hall.
The most striking aspect of the room is its sophisticated design.

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I especially liked the design of the pillar.

 
What is it

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It used to be an entrance of the bank.


Also, some parts of the building remains its original appearance.
Look, I came across these vaults
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Here’s ‘Kobunko cafe’ in the building.
This space used to be a library for official document years ago.

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We ordered some cakes and drinks
 (left). My favorite is a ‘roll cake’
(right)
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Here’s a nice place to chill out


Of course, there’s a lot to see in the centre of Okayama City besides what we introduced this time.
So, when you come to Okayama, how about looking around by tram


Renaiss Hall
Address: 1-6-20 Uchisange, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-225-3003
Opening time: 10:00-19:00

Kobunko café
Tel: 086-225-3009
Opening time: 11:00-22:00 (last order 21:30)
Close: Tuesdays (it opens if it’s a holiday)
Menu: Original blend coffee 400yen, a roll cake 450yen
www.renaiss.or.jp/


A:Asahi Shimbun  B: Okayama kinshu kaikan  C: Renaiss Hall, Kobunko café

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