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I see we have a Japanese class working on this article again. Sensei, please clean up after your students and make sure the stuff they add is both perfect English and relevant to the travel guide... Jpatokal 01:34, 4 August 2006 (EDT)

usable?[edit]

I've been adding to the article, and I'd like to get its status up to at least a usable, does anyone think it's ready yet? If it is, who changes it, and if it isn't what specificly needs to be added/changed?

Anybody can, just read through Wikitravel:Article status and see if you think it's up to scratch. I think it's OK contentwise, although the formatting (eg. the restaurant listings in Eat) needs some work. Jpatokal 21:35, 22 October 2006 (EDT)

sugei?[edit]

Actually, even in Tokyo, it's common for men to say suge- instead of sugoi. I'd only consider this dialect if the women do it too... Jpatokal 21:37, 22 October 2006 (EDT)

Street names[edit]

There are numerous factual errors with regards to place names. Momotaro info box: Momotaro Odori is not the main shopping street. Momotaro Odori may be the financial center and host to all the banks, but it has very few retail stores. Buy: Okayama Shopping Street is probably a reference to the Omotecho shopping mall. There are several similar shopping arcades in Okayama, including one on either side of Okayama station. (One gets a passing mention in the "Sleep" section!) Listing only one is at best misleading. Do: Momotaro Festival has not been held on "(where else) Momotaro Odori" for several years. The center of the Momotaro/Uraja festival(s) is nearer city hall and the Sega Joypolis on Shiyakusho-suji (the avenue running from Okayama Station to City Hall.) Get in: Okayama is served by several international routes. Only domestic flights are listed. Get around: There are two tram lines, not one as indicated.

Please plunge forward! Jpatokal 02:58, 17 July 2007 (EDT)

Thanks for your encouragement Jpatokal. I have edited, added and deleted as I felt necessary. Hope it helps.

Technical Problem[edit]

I recently placed the sites under the "Culture Zone" into the proper formatting however, I noticed that Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle cannot be edited by clicking the "edit" button (unlike the other listings). I looked to see if something was wrong, but I can't seem to find any errors. I am having the same problem on the Tsuyama page with most of the entries.

I am wondering if it has something to do with my method of adding them (I copied the formatting and then moved everything into the proper place from the general editing page, because it was easier... But that doesn't explain why it works for the rest...

Is there an error here (or with the sites I put on the Tsuyama page)? ChubbyWimbus 00:15, 13 March 2009 (EDT)

It appears to be a site bug - placing non-Latin text in the alt box (and possibly other locations) makes it uneditable with that script. Removing the kanji makes it editable again. I've submitted a bug report over on Shared. - Dguillaime 00:54, 13 March 2009 (EDT)

Chain restaurants[edit]

Since the Eat listings are in much better shape now, I'm moving these three out of the article, since they're both national chain restaurants (one international as well). Gorilla Jones 18:26, 23 May 2009 (EDT)

  • MacDonalds, 10-6 Honmachi, 086-231-2961, [1]. A MacDonalds just like any other, serving their famous Big Macs and burgers, as well as the special Japanese meals, like teriyaki burgers and ebi (shrimp) burgers. ¥650.  edit
  • Mos Burger, 2-chome 10-1 Okayama Joypolis, 086-235-3033‎, [2]. Japan's very own fast food chain. It's slightly more expensive than MacDonalds, and portions are smaller, but delicious nonetheless. ¥800.  edit
  • CoCo Curry House, [3]. Home to some of Japan's best curry, it's a great choice for those who want delicious food for less money. Be aware that, unlike many Japanese curries, the spicier curries are in fact, spicy. ¥650-900.  edit

Hotel listings[edit]

As above, I'm moving this one out of the article, since it has no description, it's well out of the city center, and the article is now full of listings. Gorilla Jones 18:02, 19 July 2009 (EDT)

  • Hotel Okura Okayama, 4-1-16 Kadota Honmachi, 086-273-7311, [4]. Prices start from ¥7,800 (single).  edit

We don't have a description for this one, and I can't find anything online other than its basic existence. Gorilla Jones 00:40, 27 July 2009 (EDT)

  • Abisu Inn Okayama, 1-3-10 Daiku, 086-234-6000. Rooms from ¥4980.  edit

Ryokan Matsunoki[edit]

Update on removing Ryokan Matsunoki: I have removed the mentioning of the Matsunoki-ryokan after having slept there 2 nights. The service and quality is very poor, the food is bad and in the lunchroom (which is in fact a part of the basement) the local building-constructionworkers smoke heavily while the hotelguests are having breakfast and / or dinner. The rooms and corridors smell heavily of smoking. The electrical system in the rooms is unsafe. The service is extremely unfriendly: after having tried dinner I decided to return the vouchers for the remaining breakfasts and dinners and the people didn't even want to know why. I had the impression I was not the first one and they just don't care. In the direct neighbourhood are many good places to stay overnight and to eat, so I want to save other visitors for this place. [P.S. I did not know how to connect this comment to the removing of the ryokan, so I wrote it here. AV] —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 210.237.204.26 (talkcontribs)

I've never been there myself, but the Matsunoki listing dates back to 2006 — one of the first listings added to the article. Does anyone else have personal experience with the ryokan? Gorilla Jones 20:43, 13 April 2010 (EDT)

Push for Star[edit]

I think this article is pretty close to being a star, with unparalleled depth of knowledge about Okayama. To my eye, it would need:

  • Addresses for some of the 'See' listings
  • Finish off the eat/drink descriptions
  • Finish off the descriptions for the entries towards the end of 'Do'
  • Map for the Kibi plain (probably wouldn't need to be street-level — just an area overview)

Gorilla Jones 01:36, 27 July 2009 (EDT)

I will try to work on some of this (I've already started, actually. All listings in the "Culture Zone" are now complete.) ChubbyWimbus 18:33, 29 July 2009 (EDT)

Fruit Farm Link[edit]

It looks like the Kubo Fruit Farm staff noticed it on the page, they've linked back to us on their English page [5]. Kind of cool, eh? ChubbyWimbus 18:33, 29 July 2009 (EDT)

Bus[edit]

I think the Hareca cards have now completely replaced the prepaid bus cards... can someone confirm this? Muskateer 05:34, 3 August 2009 (EDT)

English speaking guides at Okayama Castle[edit]

Really? Can we please have a link to a place that advertises this service? I was personally not aware of this service and am quite surprised. Perhaps the guides are only available at certain times on certain days, or perhaps there is a local volunteer who happens to speak English? Muskateer 05:34, 3 August 2009 (EDT)

The English guide was in a booth/info center to the left of the castle. I looked it up, and it appears that they are a volunteer group. They are on Okayama's news page here [6] (2009/06/08). I can add the phone number to the page. ChubbyWimbus 15:31, 3 August 2009 (EDT)

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