Okayama Prefecture (岡山県 Okayama-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.
Prior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868 – 1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.
Map of Okayama Prefecture
Okayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.
Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.
Fifteen cities are located in Okayama Prefecture:
Towns and villages 
Towns and villages in each district:
Universities in Okayama Prefecture 
National highways 
- Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery)
- Bizen Osafune/Bitchu Aoe swords
Assocation with Momotarō legend 
Okayama Prefecture is closely associated with the folklore hero, Momotarō. This tale is said to have roots in the legendary story of Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto and Ura which explains that the Prince Ura of Kudara used to live in Kinojo (castle of the devil) and was a cause of trouble for the people living in the village. The emperor's government sent Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto(Momotarō) to defeat Ura. The city of Okayama holds an annual Momotarō-matsuri, or Momotarō Festival.
The sports teams listed below are based in Okayama.
Some tourist attractions are:
Notable people from Okayama Prefecture 
- Shin Koyamada, Hollywood actor
- Yuko Arimori, marathon runner
- Tesshō Genda, voice actor
- Ryutaro Hashimoto, Kiichiro Hiranuma, Inukai Tsuyoshi, Kan Naoto and Hatoyama Yukio former Prime Ministers of Japan
- Sen'ichi Hoshino, baseball manager
- Koshi Inaba, singer
- Ichiyo Izawa, pianist and former member of Tokyo Jihen
- Yumeji Takehisa, famous and influential early 20th century artist
- Sesshu Toyo, suiboku master
- Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, boxer
- Haruka Fukushima, manga artist
- Masashi Kishimoto, manga artist and creator of Naruto
- Seishi Kishimoto, manga artist
- Daisuke Takahashi, Olympic figure skater
- Dorlis, jazz musician
- Miyamoto Musashi, samurai
- Megumi Fujii, MMA Fighter
- Masaki Kajishima, creator of Tenchi Muyo!
- Morihiro Hashimoto, darts player
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Coordinates: 34°42′N 133°51′E / 34.700°N 133.850°E