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Address: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Okayama 700-0823, Okayama Prefecture
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Very special black Japanese Castle

Not like other famous major castle, Okayama Castle is a relatively small castle, but it is special. It's black! Very rare color for a Japanese Castle.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
景翔張2014
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not like other famous major castle, Okayama Castle is a relatively small castle, but it is special. It's black! Very rare color for a Japanese Castle.

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Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This castle was rebuilt after being distroyed during the Second World War. It looks stunning from the outside, never would I have guessed that it's 'just' a rebuild! Inside now is a small museum, although I wish they had rebuilt the insides too. The entrance fee is okay. You don't get to see much, but there is a possibility to... More 

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HONG KONG
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not worth to go unless you have plenty of time in Okayama. The castle was small when compare with others in Japan. Unless you are a castle lover, I suggest you save more time to go other area.

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Skipton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A pleasant walk from Centre and very close the the gardens which are also stunning. The castle is very interesting and you can dress up, play ancient games, have photo opportunities so keeping children and bored adults happy if the many artifacts prove too much. An excellent place to visit and helpful staff explained a cheaper way for over 65s... More 

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Lennox Head, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

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 December 28, 2016 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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