Kabutogani MuseumThe most well-known attraction in the city, the Kabutogani Museum features exhibits about horseshoe crabs (kabutogani) the so-called "living fossils". The surrounding Dinosaur Park features life-size dinosaurs, such as a T-Rex, which once shared the earth with horseshoe crabs.
Ono Chikkyo Art MuseumOno Chikkyo was a modern nihonga artist born here in Kasaoka. His artwork focuses on ordinary scenes of nature, many of which depict indistinguishable places in northern Okayama.
Shiraishi IslandShiraishi Island is a quiet island of roughly 600 inhabitants mostly visited for its summer activities: swimming, sea kayaking, windsurfing, and lounging on the beach. The island's Bon dance, commemorating a bloody battle centuries ago, is well-known and attracts a large crowd each August. The island also has its own miniature version of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage.
Konoshima 88 Temple PilgrimageThe Konoshima area has its own 88 Pilgrimage walking route for those who cannot complete the Shikoku Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage is 29 km long and can be completed in two days.
Festivals and events
Kasaoka Port FestivalThis is the city's firework festival, held at the end of July. It is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Chugoku region.
Shiraishi OdoriThis is the biggest event on Shiraishi Island. These dances are performed in honor of those who died in the Genpei Wars. There are 13 dances performed over the three days.
Himawari FestivalThis festival celebrates the blooming of more than 1 million sunflowers around the Michi no Eki. Foodstalls are set up, and there is a viewing platform from which you can see the entire field of sunflowers. If you prefer a closer view, you can alternatively walk in the fields.
Konoshima Tenjin MatsuriBoats from the 7 areas of Konoshima gather with loud chanting.
Arguably more famous than any of the town's sites is the Kasaoka ramen. Kasaoka is nicknamed 'The Ramen Town'. The ramen restaurant boom occurred long ago due to its popularity among the sailors who docked here and has withstood the test of time to remain the city's most popular dish. There are maps of all the ramen shops available; the ramen even has its own website.
See the Shiraishi Island article for information on accommodations there.