Summary of Okayama Prefecture
Capital City: Okayama
Population in 2010 (thousands): 1,945
Area (square km): 7,113
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Okayama Kōrakuen Garden and Momotarō)
Okayama Korakuen Garden: Okayama Kōrakuen Garden is a Japanese garden with a path around a central pond and the current total site area is 13.3 hectares. It took 14 years for the construction by Tsuda Nagatada ordered by the domain lord of Okayama; Ikeda Tsunamasa. It is known as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan as well as Kairakuen Garden in Mito (Ibaraki Pref.) and Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa (Ishikawa Pref.). Donated to Okayama Prefecture in 1871 and designated as the special place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government in 1952. This garden will cerebrate the 130th anniversary of the start of its opening to the public in 2014.
Momotaro: Momotarō or the Peach Boy, a popular hero from a folklore, which was read to everyone in childhood in Japan. In this folklore story, Momotarō born from a peach, wiped out ogres or demons with the followership of a dog, a monkey and a pheasant. It is said that Okayama is the Momotarō's country not only because of the local legend, but also of the peach-producing area as well as the place famous for millet dumplings, which were gifted from Momotarō to the three animals in the story.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Okayama Korakuen Garden)
Coin Sets contain Okayama Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 7 Prefectures (Miyagi, Hiroshima, Gunma, Okayama, Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Kagoshima) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"