Okayama Castle, Okayama

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Admire the striking black facade of Okayama Castle, also known as “Crow Castle.” Built in 1597, the castle’s main tower was destroyed in the 1945 allied bombing and had to be reconstructed, while two watch towers survived the war. Enjoy the view from the castle grounds, nestled on a small hilltop overlooking the Asahi River, and see the fish-shaped gargoyles on the roof of the main tower, gilded during the celebration of the castle’s 400th anniversary. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Okayama holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Okayama Castle and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 15, 2017
    In jogging early in the morning around the Castle round up and was 1周. Was not put in because it was early in the morning, from outside the 10-minute Castle views, along the River, including the round up and was just a good distance to walk.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Also called a tourist but to Okayama in Okayama Castle Crow Castle. Okayama Castle lit is lit up the summer night, reflected in the water of Asahikawa is a fantastic and beautiful!
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  • August 13, 2017
    Compared to Osaka Castle, Himeji Castle Let's rice perfect for anyone who likes the black Castle! I want to try when you come to the Okayama come so easy to go
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  • May 21, 2017
    By itself, it is not worth the visit. Reconstructed castle with a few artifacts displayed. No photography allowed, no English explanations. However, each hour or so, you can participate in a pottery workshop and you can try wearing a suit of armor or kimonos ( if you are size-compatible, of course). Combined tickets are available with the garden and various museums.
  • June 14, 2017
    Worth a visit to me. They offer a pottery class and also allows you to wear a kimono, complete with pictures.
  • June 6, 2017
    If you have never been to a Japanese castle this place is pretty cool, but if you are looking for an original building rather than a concrete reconstruction, this is not the place. It wasn't bad for what it was, but I would much sooner visit Himeji, Matsumoto, or Inuyama castles.
  • April 23, 2017
    Free to walk around the castle grounds, often there are people willing to give you free tours so they can practice their English!
  • April 23, 2017
    The outside of the castle is free and is nice to take a look at. The inside requires a ticket and is pretty boring. Not worth the trouble if you are only planning to see the castle

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Where to stay in Okayama

As a busy transit area, Okayama offers many places to stay, with most of them in the mid-range category and a few catering to luxury-conscious tourists. Large numbers of modern mid-range hotels and budget accommodations are located to the west of the railway station, in the neighborhoods of Ekimaecho and Honmachi heading towards the Asahi River. There are many capsule hotels around the station, and some nearby internet cafes also offer budget overnight stays. Traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) and youth hostels cluster around nearby Kurashiki.
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