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Address: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Okayama 700-0823, Okayama Prefecture
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Looks can be decieving

While it looks and is magnificent from the outside, the inside of the castle shows the modern construction methods and the lack of any historical worth. It has great views over... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lennox Head, Australia
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Lennox Head, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While it looks and is magnificent from the outside, the inside of the castle shows the modern construction methods and the lack of any historical worth. It has great views over the gardens and the river but it is only a short visit since the exhibits inside are not very engaging. still, you buy the ticket to both the gardens... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Okayama Castle is well worth your time to visit. It is beautiful, historical, and very well maintained. There is some climbing involved, but the staircases are broken up and you can go slowly.

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Adelaide South Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The castle is mostly painted black with some contrasting white sections. Due to the black it is sometimes referred to as the crow castle. The original castle, built in the early seventeenth century, was destroyed in the second world war. Not like many reconstructions the outside was built using the original plans. Most other reconstructions were built from pictures. Inside... More 

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Grafton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

This castle is not as grand as a number of the castles commonly visited in Japan but is certainly worth a visit if you are in the Okayama area. It has a combined ticket with the adjacent gardens although it has a senior's rate that makes it cheaper if you buy separate tickets. As with many of the castle's most... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

This castle is unusual as it has black timber facing boards. It was damaged during bombing in WW2 and restored over the years. It has six levels, there is limited English explanation but worth seeing for an example of a fairly Japanese castle. The surrounds were beautifully lit at night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

The upper tiers of the tenshukaku (Castle Tower) gilded in gold, Okayama Castle is an incredible sight. The tenshukaku is a complex irregular pentagon shape built in the Borogata-style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period, and it has a well-built salt store annex (salt stores were often placed close to the center of the castle for use during sieges). As well as... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

Even though built new as late as 1966 (this year 50th anniversary!) The Castle is impressive and contains rich selection of interesting displays. The view from top floor is very nice too! We did not try dressing up and picture taking, though.

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Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

Must visit tourist spot in the west area of Japan. Can travel via the Shinkasen from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka Station. Very easy to navigate how to go to the area since there is a bus interchange outside of the Okayama station. Just ask local travel guides and they are more than willing to help & guide you to your destination.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

I really enjoyed my visit to Okayama Castle. It's very pretty and japanese. I didn't go inside, and didn't really need to. The outside provided me with stunning photos and nice memories. You don't need to spend long here, it's nice to visit the Castle before heading to a cat cafe!

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

It has been rebuilt and provides a great backdrop to the gardens. Inside the castle is a limited display with only Japanese language directions. Comes as part of a combined ticket with the gardens but really not worthwhile

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