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Address: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Okayama 700-0823, Okayama Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 86-225-2096
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You can be dressed as a lord or as a princess

The castle is situated in a garden, one of the most beautiful gardens that are in Japan. The interior is nice, but nothing special (all the explications are only in Japanese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
TeoArio
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Rome, Italy
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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a good place to go and better to be there at night. Since Okayama not convenient in traffic, you are recommended to check the traffic

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Rome, Italy
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle is situated in a garden, one of the most beautiful gardens that are in Japan. The interior is nice, but nothing special (all the explications are only in Japanese...); the very exciting thing is that at the 2nd floor you can be dressed as lord or as a princess and you can get a lot of pictures and... More 

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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

One of the reasons I visited Okayama was to see this castle and I was not disappointed. Just walking up to the castle you see the jet black walls with the roof adornments right away. You know immediately why they call it the Raven Castle. This castle is fantastic to see. It sits right in the river bank surrounded by... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

A very pretty castle to visit. Not a far walk from the main station and has a great picture opportunity on the 3rd floor when you can dress up in a kimono with the head gear. Men can be dressed up too.

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Sacramento, California
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458 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

We didn't make it inside, mostly b/c we didn't have a whole lot of time in the city, and the Korakuen garden was a bigger draw for us. The castle looks great from the gardens, but not really very black, more of a dark grey. Our guide book was somewhat unenthusiastic about the inside tour, so we skipped it.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

We visited the castle on a trip to Japan in March. My husband had heard of Okayama and wanted to visit as the city sounded really interesting. The castle is called the 'black castle' and you can see why......it's black. The area around the castle was nice and we sat looking around for a while before we went in, lovely!... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

Quite impressive from the outside, more of a museum and an observation lookout from the inside. 6 story high, has an elevator up to the 4th. A fine experience, much more accesrible but not nearly as interesting or impressive as the great castle in Himeji. Worth a short visit.

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CHESHIRE
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Full of history, each tier has information in both Japanese and English. Easy to access for disabled visitors.

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Thank QUEENOFEUROPE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

If you leave your western culture and beliefs on the plane and visit Japans cultural heritage with open eyes you will be able to see the spectacular accomplishments of Japan's past.Yes it was brutal but the tume was brutal. Please take the time to enjoy Okayama castle during the sakura festival and see these magnificent castles with the beauty of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Okayama's black castle is right beside Okayama gardens which is right downtown Okayama, to get to the castle you can take the tram from Okayama central station where you would arrive by Shinkansen. There is a fee to go inside, but you can walk around the castle for free.

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