Western Honshu Sights

Okayama-jo (Okayama Castle)

  • 2–3–1 Marunouchi Map It
  • Okayama
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

Painted a shadowy shade of black and set off dramatically by lead tiles and contrasting white vertical-slat shutters, Okayama's castle is known locally as U-jo (Crow Castle). Though it was built in the 16th century, only the "moon-viewing" outlying tower survived World War II. A replica was painstakingly constructed in 1966. The middle floors now house objects that represent the region's history, including a collection of armor and swords and a palanquin you can climb into to have your photo taken. Unlike many other castles with great views, this one has an elevator to take you up the six floors. A five-minute walk across the bridge brings you from the South Exit of Korakuen to the castle. Boats are available for rent on the river below.

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2–3–1 Marunouchi, Okayama, Okayama-ken, 700-0823, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥300
  • Daily 9–5

Published 12/10/2015


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