Okayama Castle, Castle Tower

Castle / Ruins of Castle
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.

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Update date:2024.05.19

Okayama Pref. Okayamashi Kita-ku Marunouchi 2-3-1 map map Map
9:00-17:30(Latest entry17:00)
The end of the year(12/29-12/31)
[Permanent Exhibition]
[Elementary and Junior High School Students]100yen
Parking Lot
Not available (Karasuku Park parking lot 38 spaces)
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Not available (Available only in the smoking area in Karasujo Park)
Vegetarian Menu
English Menu
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Beautiful from the outside. No need to go inside the museum if you cant read Japanese
    3.0 Reviewed : 2023.02.27
    Impressive castle from the outside.The museum on the inside does not have any English translations so I didnt have the opportunity to understand the exhibits and stories
  • can be visited after or before the korakuen gardens.
    3.0 Reviewed : 2021.02.11
    we accessed the castle from the south gate of the korakuen garden, across the tsukimi bridge.it was built in 1597 and destroyed in the war of 1945 and replicated in concrete in 1966.2 watch towers...
  • A Truly Unique Castle
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.12.13
    The Okayama Castle is very unique compared to other castles throughout Japan in several ways. The most notable is the black color while other traditional castles are white. Other unique features...

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