Mimasaka (Okayama)

Mimasaka (Japanese美 作 市, -shi) is a city in Okayama Prefecture on the island of Honshu in Japan.


Mimasaka located in the extreme north-east of Okayama Prefecture and borders the prefectures of Tottori and Hyōgo. The highest mountain in the urban area is the 1344 meter high Ushiroyama. The two main rivers are the Yoshii and Yoshino, a tributary of the Yoshii.


The city Mimasaka was on 31 March 2005 by merging the municipalities Katsuta (胜 田 町, chō ) in the district Katsuta and Aida (英 田 町, chō ), Mimasaka (美 作 町, chō ), Ohara (大 原 町, - chō ), Sakutō (作 町, -chō ) and the village Higashiawakura (东 粟 仓 村, -son ) founded东district Aida.


In the district of Ohara there is the Miyamoto Musashi Museum. In the area of ​​today's Ohara this Samurai was born in the 16th century. The museum consists of a building with exhibits and a sprawling outdoor complex in the style of the Azuchi - Momoyama period. In Ohara, there is also the Sanomo Shrine (讃 甘 神社, Sanomo -jinja ).

In the district Higashiawakura there is the Museum of contemporary toy in Japan. Furthermore, there is the Belville Park and Ai no mura - parking, an onsen.


  • Street: Chugoku highway
  • National roads 179, 373, 374, 429
  • JR Kishin Line: to Himeji and Niimi

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Bizen
  • Shiso


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