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Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden

Okayama Castle

Okayama CastleOkayama Castle

Okayama CastleOkayama Castle

Illuminated every day!(Sunset to midnight)

Okayama Castle History

Okayama Castle was built by Hideie Ukita, the Okayama area’s lord, in 1597 and took eight years to complete. Utilizing the redirected flow of the Asahi River as protection from enemy attacks, Okayama Castle brought many merchants and craftsman to the area and affirmed Okayama City as a true castle town, paving the way for the development of present-day Okayama.

Under new owners, the castle continued to grow with buildings expanding with each era, making it one of Japan’s greatest castles. The outer walls of Okayama Castle’s keep (the building at the center of the castle) are made of boards coated with a black lacquer used as a preservative. This black color has earned the castle the nickname “U-jo” (Crow Castle) for its resemblance to a crow’s feathers. Although the tower was designated a national treasure before World War II, the keep was destroyed during the war and rebuilt in 1966. The only original buildings still standing today are the Tsukimi Tower and the Nishinomaru Nishite Yagura (Western Tower), both built for defense. Rising high above Okayama City Center, Okayama Castle is a spectacular sight to behold.

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Location 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Telephone Number 086-225-2096
Opening Hours 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (Admission until 5:00 pm)
Closed December 29 – 31
Fee/Fare (in Japanese yen) Okayama Castle only: Adults ¥300
Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden set: Adults ¥560
Access 5 minutes by streetcar from JR Okayama Sta. to “Shiroshita” and then 10 minutes on foot or 25 minutes on foot from JR Okayama Sta.
Website http://okayama-kanko.net/ujo/english/index.html

\ 400-year-old tower! /

  • Tsukimi Yagura Tower

    Tsukimi Yagura Tower

  • Nishinomaru Nishite Yagura (Western Tower)

    Nishinomaru Nishite Yagura (Western Tower)

Experience Japanese culture at Okayama Castle

Kimono

Kimono

Dress up like a feudal lord or a princess for free.

Opening Hours
Starting at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm,
2:00 pm, 3:00 pm (5 people per session)
Fee/Fare
Free
Bizen Pottery

Bizen Pottery

Try your hand at making pottery with 800 years of history. *Pottery created will be delivered 1–2 months later. Postage fees apply.

Telephone Number
086-224-3396
Opening Hours
Starting at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm,
2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Fee/Fare
¥1,230 *Reservation required
Parfait in Castle

Parfait in Castle

Enjoy a delicious parfait made with fresh Okayama fruit inside the castle.

Okayama Korakuen Garden

Okayama Korakuen GardenOkayama Korakuen Garden

Okayama Korakuen GardenOkayama Korakuen Garden

The view from atop Yuishinzan, the hill overlooking the garden, is a must-see sight!

Okayama Korakuen GardenOkayama Korakuen Garden

Okayama Korakuen Garden History

Considered one of Japan’s three great gardens, Okayama Korakuen Garden was completed about 300 years ago after 14 years of construction by the daimyo Tsunamasa Ikeda—head of the Okayama Domain at that

time—as a place of peace. Covering some 14 ha, Korakuen Garden includes wide lawns and Enyo-tei House (built as living quarters) as well as hills, flowers, trees, Seiden (Rice Fields), and a teahouse. The garden incorporates a small stream of clear water pulled from the Asahi River. This stream forms a waterfall and a pond within the garden before returning to the Asahi River. Beautiful trees and flowers can be found throughout the park, offering visitors a unique scene that changes with the season, from cherry blossoms in spring to the brilliant colors of autumn foliage. Despite undergoing slight changes from one feudal lord to the next, the garden largely retains its original form to this day. Don’t miss the limited nighttime illumination offering a completely different landscape from the daytime.

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Location 1-5 Korakuen, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Telephone Number 086-272-1148
Opening Hours Mar. 20 – Sep. 30: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm (Admission until 5:45 pm)
Oct. 1 – Mar. 19: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Admission until 4:45 pm)
*Subject to change when events are held.
Closed No closing days
Fee/Fare (in Japanese yen) Okayama Korakuen Garden only: Adults ¥400
Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle set: Adults ¥560
Audio guide: ¥500 (Available in English, French, Korean, and Chinese)
Access 5 minutes by streetcar from JR Okayama Sta. to “Shiroshita”
and then 10 minutes on foot or 25 minutes on foot from
JR Okayama Sta.  
Website http://okayama-korakuen.jp/english/

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