Okayama Castle – Okayama | Travel Information

Okayama Castle is a 6 story castle in Okayama City which was completed in the late 1500’s, taking 8 years to complete. The castle was strategically places along the Asahi River, which was used as a natural moat, which made it easier for defend if attacked during the feudal era. 

The Black exterior of Okayama castle was quite famous and unique during the time the castle was established. It later got the nickname ‘Crow Castle’, in reference to the black exterior.  

Across the river, there is the famous Okayama Korakuen Gardens, which are one of the three greatest gardens in Japan. Throughout the gardens, you will find shrines, koi ponds, Japanese trees, tea houses and other historical buildings, making this a great place to spend an hour or 2 wondering the 14ha of area these gardens have claim to. With it also being so close to Okayama Castle, you mind as well take the short couple minute walk to Korokuen Gardens and enjoy the scenery. 

Unfortunately, in 1945 in World War II, the Castle was destroyed, but was later reopened and reconstructed about 20 years later. Only one building remained after the destruction of the castle in 1945, and that building is one of the turrets called the Tsukimi Yagura. The Tsukimi Yagura was an early addition to the castle, being added approximately 20 years after the original castle keep was completed. The turret is the only remaining original feature of the Okayama castle.

 

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm ( 5:00pm Last Entry)
  • 300JPY (560JPY with combined ticket of Castle and Korakuen Garden)
  • Average Time Spent: 1 hour
  • Official Website

Accessing Okayama Castle

The Okayama Castle is located directly to the east of Okayama Station. It is about a 20 minute walk from the central station, but there are street cars which regularly run to and from the station and will only cost about 300JPY return. The street cars will reduce travel time to about 5-10 minutes

Okayama station services the bullet train, which allows for the Okayama Castle and Korakuen Gardens to be accessed as a quickly little rest stop to stretch the legs and to break up the journey a tad.  It’s especially helpful if you have a Japan Rail Pass, which allows for you to come and go off the bullet trains as you please.

Where To Stay

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Yadokari House

If you are traveling on a budget, then the Yadokari House is a perfect place for you to go and to just rest your head. They have everything you might need. It’s close to the train station, but far enough away so you don’t be distrubed by trains. 

Okayama View Hotel

The Okayama View Hotel is a hotel which features a fusion of Traditional Japanese and modern stylization. It’s conveniently located near both the Okayama Castle and the Korakuen Gardens, making this a popular place to stay.

ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama

Like any of the ANA hotels in Japan, you can expect nothing but the best. The location is right by Okayama Station, making it an ideal spot. The rooms are of classy and modern and the staff at the hotel make every yen spent here worth it.

Nearby Attractions

Korakuen Garden

Korakuen Gardens, in Okayama city, are a restored Japanese garden used several centuries ago. The gardens are one of Japan’s most beautiful garden landscapes, among other gardens such as Kenrokuen of Kanazawa Prefecture, and Kairakuen in Ibaraki Prefecture. 

Kurashiki Canal

Parts of Kurashiki, in particular the Bikan district,  date back to the early days of the Edo Period (17th Century). Kurashiki was the center of one of Japan’s most essential trade & distribution routes for Rice.

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