Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Kurashiki Rickshaw Tour
"When you come to Kurashiki and arrive at the older part of town and hop onto a rickshaw any time between 9.30am and 5.30pm you will be transported back in time. Away from navigating around cars strolling on the wide walkway along the historical canal lined with weeping willows you might just find yourself imagining how the city must have been a couple of hundred of years ago. The small side streets are still filled with shops and old warehouses. With the help from our knowledgeable guide learn what an important role Kurashiki played in the past and why it is dotted with buildings belonging distinctly to the Meiji period. The tours described below are model routes. They may be further customized based on your preferred starting an the length of your tour and points of interests.30 Minute OptionStarting with the Kurashiki Monogatarikan
From JPY4,500.00
 
Private Kobe Custom One Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle
"This is a private tour by chartered vehicle. Using this service you can charter your vehicle Limousine Van or Bus which is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for any other tourist. This tour is only for your group!The tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Rec"""Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama Nagasaki
From JPY82,793.00
 
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains
"Private Day Trip to the Kobe Mountains Gardens and Hot Springs from Osaka""This is a private day trip with a native English-speaking guide and driver. Kobe is the origin of Kobe beef and has one of the most famous hot springs in Japan Arima Onsen as well as Mt Rokko.Itinerary8:30am - Pick up at your hotel (anywhere in central Osaka).9:30am - Ascend Mt. Rokko via the historic Mt. Rokko Cable Car operating since 1932. This ""funicular"" type ascent is sure to please riders of all ages!  Your private vehicle will reunite with you at the top of the mountain.10:15am - Visit Kobe Botanical Gardens up high on Mt. Rokko. A diverse landscape and flora awaits your discovery in this large garden.12pm - Japanese lunch at Arima Onsen (hot springs).12:45pm - Bathing and relaxing at Arima Onsen where the therapeutic waters have been appreciated by generations. Both indoor and outdoor bathing and soaking facilities are available
From $288.00

Okayama Castle Tips (7)

Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, also known as Ujo (Crow Castle) for its black color is a beautiful "masculine" castle, contrasting "feminine" white castles, such as Himeji Castle.

Although the current castle was reconstructed in 1966, there are a few things about Okayama Castle that place it a step above most other reconstructions. Most reconstructions are built only using pictures of the original castle, so they only vaguely resemble the original. Okayama Castle however, was built using the original blueprints, so the outside of the castle is a very accurate recreation of the original.

The moon-viewing turret (Tsukimi-Yagura) actually survived the bombings, so it is part of the original castle, dating back to 1620. During certain evenings in September, they open the turret for visitors to go inside and view the moon. The foundation stones from the original castle are layed out near the castle, as well. You can see both the turret and stones for free, because they are located outside of the actual castle.

Inside the castle, there are artifacts and information about the original castle. You can also dress up in traditional garbs to get a cheesy picture taken for free (the room they do this in was actually the seppuku room, although no suicides took place in Okayama Castle). You can get an English-speaking tour guide to take you through the castle if there are volunteers there. I did this, and my guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Okayama Castle and its history. The guides do not cost extra.

The entrance fee for the castle is 300 yen.

Rabbityama's Profile Photo
Rabbityama
Oct 13, 2010

Castle

The castle has originally been built in 1597 but it was destroyed during WW II. It was finally reconstructed in 1966. It is also called Crow Castle due to its black colour.

Entry fee applies. But you can walk in the castle yard for free.

yumyum's Profile Photo
yumyum
Dec 02, 2005

It's Black!! really friendly place

Ujo Castle
Here is the standout from the pack - it's black!!
Ok not the definitive castle but really quite nice.
Here there are some of the friendliest and most helpful volunteer guides we met
They didn't limit themselves just to the castle whipping out maps of the district
And dispensing great information and advice to all.

On the Obsevation deck a good close up view of the Sachi can be found.
These are part fish, part monster - being fish they can suck up lots of water
and then they spray it all over any fires that break out.
Really cool - magic sprinklers and they are on nearly every castle and major building.
-(although it seems 90% of these building were rebuilt after a big fire hmmmmmm....)

Enjoy this Castle at a sedate pace while you can - it is the most peaceful and uncrowded we found
(oops bar one we'll tell you about later)

Yes there is an elevator but most castles have them - so older persons can enjoy them too

Definately stop in on this one and have a look - then on to the gardens

don01's Profile Photo
don01
Jan 04, 2013

Okayama Castle

Just a little walk from Korakoen. Entrance fee is about 300 yen (I'm not sure because it is free for foreign student). Inside the castle you can try to use 'kimono' the japanese traditional cloth, free-no charge, but only 5 people in every hour until 4 pm. If at that hour there are 5 people already, you must register for the next hour. You also can take your picture using kimono freelly in that area.

bebejepang's Profile Photo
bebejepang
Sep 23, 2006
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Okayama Castle

Hotels
1-1-13 Marunouchi, Okayama, Okayama, 700-0823, JP
Show Prices
Hotels
5-1 Ishizekicho, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, 700-0813, Japan
Show Prices
Hotels
1-7-36 Furugyocho, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, 703-8278, Japan
Show Prices
Hotels
2-3-12 Hama, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, 703-8256, Japan
Show Prices
Hotels
1-11-17 Nakasange, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, 700-0821, Japan
Show Prices
Hotels
6-15 Togiyacho, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, 700-0826, Japan
Show Prices

Okayama-jo Castle

Okayam-jo is a recunstruction of the original castle on this site, but it's still pretty cool. I think it's pretty unique amongst castles in Japan although I know very little about it. I thought it was pretty cool though. It's nice to look at from the outside, but I have to say, if you don't read Japanese, the interior leaves a little to be desired.

Libs's Profile Photo
Libs
Aug 24, 2002

Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle is a beautiful black castle located next to the lovely Asahi River which was once its moat. Because of its black colour Okayama Castle is also called Ujo or Crow Castle.

Okayama Castle was constructed by a powerful Japanese feudal leader Ukita Naoie and his son, Hideie. The main tower of the castle was originally completed in 1597. This tower was sadly completely destroyed in a bombing raid in 1945. Reconstruction of this six storey high structure was completed in 1966. Only one of Okayama Castle's original buildings escaped destruction in the second world war- the Tsukimi Yagura, or moon viewing turret, which dates back to 1620.

Korakuen Gardens were added to the castle as private gardens.They are located near the castle on the other side of the Asahi River.

IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
IreneMcKay
Jun 01, 2014

An elevator in a castle?

Okayama castle is about a 15 minute walk or so from the main train station, but I was surprised to see an elevator inside. Rather incongruous if you ask me.

salisbury3933's Profile Photo
salisbury3933
Dec 19, 2005
Rabbityama's Profile Photo

Rabbityama

"Just Peachy!"
View Member
yumyum's Profile Photo

yumyum

"Okayama - gateway to Shikoku Island"
View Member
bebejepang's Profile Photo

bebejepang

"Okayama"
View Member
heywinks's Profile Photo

heywinks

"MOMOTARO!! (PEACH BOY)"
View Member
moacha's Profile Photo

moacha

"My town"
View Member
 
 

Things to Do Near Okayama Castle

Things to Do

Korakuen Garden

Now here's one of those all too rare havens from the outside world Overlooked by the Black Castle one can wander around this larger than normal setting. Yes there's a lot of open space but as you wind...
View More
Things to Do

Okayama Orient Museum

The Okayama Orient Museum is a really nice museum featuring artifacts from the Middle East. Most of the artifacts are from Persia (Iran) and Syria, but many nations are represented. The artifacts...
View More
Things to Do

Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art is museum that tries to feature art from artists who came from Okayama Prefecture or artists whose art is connected to Okayama. Special exhibits may not always be...
View More
Things to Do

Yumeji Art Museum

Yumeji Takehisa was an Okayama native born in 1884 most known for his paintings of bijin (beautiful women). He did not have any formal education in art or painting and he is known for his quote,...
View More
Things to Do

Busshinji Temple

Busshinji Temple was built in 1714 by the wishes of Ikeda Tsunamasa's sister. The Ikeda crest is located on the temple's roof tiles. The temple's garden is surprisingly large and quite beautiful....
View More
Things to Do

Handayama Botanical Garden

Handayama Botanical Garden is one of the many options in Okayama for those who like flowers and gardens. It was designed to have something blooming in all seasons of the year, and the layout is...
View More

Getting to Okayama Castle

Address

We don't yet have an address for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Map