Discover Maniwa

Maniwa, with its sights spread across a vast area, is perfect for travelers exploring Japan by car. Its remote location adds to the allure of experiencing the "real Japan." Stroll through the historic streets of Katsuyama, or take in the breathtaking scenery at Kanba Falls. Maniwa offers a unique experience for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Maniwa

The easiest way to get around in Maniwa is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Maniwa

Nearest airport:

The nearest and most convenient airport is Okayama Airport.

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes


Car rentals:

How long to stay in Maniwa

We recommend staying here between half a day and one day. 

Hotels in Maniwa

Flights to Maniwa

The nearest and most convenient airport is Okayama Airport.

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes

Seasonal information

Cherry blossoms:

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan is usually between late March and early April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 

Festivals in Maniwa

There is one well-known festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Ochiai Ryo Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 27th

    • Time: 19:50 - 21:00

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