Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a very unique, intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence.
Chūbu is the central region of Japan's Honshu island. This area is located at the border between West Japan and East Japan, there are many high-altitude mountains such as Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.
Okayama is a major transit hub for western Japan. But with white peaches, a brooding black castle, and the famous garden of Kōrakuen, there are plenty of reasons to catch a later train and get out of the station to explore.