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Castle / Ruins of Castle Spots in Okayama Area

  • Okayama Castle, Castle Tower
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1
    Okayama Castle was constructed over a period of eight years by Ukita Hideie, one member of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Council of Five Elders, and was completed in 1597. It is also called “Crow Castle” for its external appearance, as the castle tower walls have black lacquered siding which was a characteristic of this era. The three-tiered, six-storied watchtower-style castle tower is a pentagon of unequal sides and is said to imitate the castle tower of Oda Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. The castle tower, which was a National Treasure, was lost due to wartime fires but was rebuilt in 1966.

    It is quite impressive from outside. Not many castles in Japan are black. It is not so big but a beauty nonetheless. Inside is just another castle museum so nothing much to say. Takes about 10...

  • Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
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    Okayama Pref. Tsuyamashi Sange 135
    This castle ruin park is located near the Tsuyama Wonder Museum in Tsuyama City. One of Japan's three major mountain castles, it once had 60 towers and was built by Mori Ranmaru's younger brother Mori Tadamasa on Mt. Kaku. Although all buildings were destroyed with the ordinance for the disposal of castles, the Bichu Yagura was restored as a characteristic building of a mountain castle in 2005 and is open to the general public. The ruins of the castle became Kakuzan Park, and is also famous as a place for viewing cherry blossoms that was chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, and has particularly splendid night cherry blossoms illuminated by small lamps with paper shades.

    Tsuyama, known as the little Kyoto of Mimasaka was a place I had long wanted to visit. Tsuyama’s development was quite early because of its strategic location on the route from Kyoto to Izumo. During...

  • Takamatsu Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Takamatsu 558-2
    Takamatsu Castle Ruins are located in Takamatsu, Kita Ward in the city of Okayama. When Toyotomi Hideyoshi attacked the Chugoku region on the orders of Oda Nobunaga in 1582, he attacked this castle and conquered it when a member of his staff, Kuroda Kanbei, suggested flooding it. Nowadays, the area around the ruins of the castle is set aside as a historic park. A museum in the park exhibits materials related to the former castle.
  • Kinojo Castle (Visitor Center)
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    Okayama Pref. Soujashi Kuro 1101-2 Visitor Center
    Kinojo is a castle on Mt. Kinojo in Okusaka in the city of Soja. It is ancient mountain fortress built during the Yamato period (250–710), but since it is not described in early historical records, the details of its history are unknown. The name “Kinojo” (“Demon Castle”) comes from the local legends of the ura (ogre or hero). All of Mt. Kinojo has been designated as National Historic Site.
  • Shimotsui Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Kurashiki-shi
  • Tsuneyama Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Tamano-shi Utogi , Okayama Okayama-shi Minami-ku Nadasakicho Hazakawa
  • Ashimori Jinya Ato
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Otogo Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Higashi-ku
  • Kaji Yamajo Ato
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Karakawa Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Kanmuriyama Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Shinjo Yamajo Ato
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Higashi-ku
  • Senoo Jinya Ato
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Minami-ku
  • Takamatsu Josekifusuiosamuchikuteiato
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    Okayama, Kita-ku,
  • Ryu no Exit Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Naka-ku
  • Tomiyama Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Natsukawa Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Niwase Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku
  • Numa Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Higashi-ku
  • Bitchu Takamatsu Castle Ruins
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    Okayama Okayama-shi Kita-ku

Okayama Areas

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan’s Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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