A Castle Dressed in Black and Gold

Okayama Castle

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura

Okayama Castle was originally built in the 16th century and although it is commonly associated with the Ikeda family, its origins can be traced further back to the earlier lords of the region.The castle came into the possession of the Ikeda clan as a reward from past spoils of war.

The adjoining Korakuen Garden was later added as a private retreat for the lord of Okayama Castle. It is best to think of the garden and the castle as a set in a sense a the lord would have spent quite a bit of time in both.

The main section of the castle was destroyed during WWII, with only one original tower left standing. Popular public sentiment grew steadily in support of reconstruction of this massive part of the city’s heritage.

Rebuilt in 1966, the castle is a local symbol of rebirth after the destruction associated with the second world war. With rebuilding came modern conveniences such as the elevator that carries visitors easily to the top floor.

The castle is also a museum that displays artifacts related to the history of the original structure and the lords who ruled it. Visitors can try on Japanese armor and kimono and have photos taken. Another photo opportunity is the sedan chair that would have been used to carry nobility.

The castle grounds are spacious and offer a unique view of central Okayama City. You will often see couples on slow strolls and business people out for a walk during lunchtime.

The area outside the castle is a park in its own right as the paths along the banks of the Asahi River provide another opportunity for exploration of this area in the heart of Okayama City’s Culture Zone.

Access: Take the tram from JR Okayama Station to the Shiroshita Tram Stop. From the tram stop you walk following signs for about 1km to the entrance of the castle.



Okayama City is best known for Kourakuen Garden, one of Japan’s top 3 traditional gardens, as well as Okayama Castle. This recently specially designated city is undergoing rapid change and growth which has created new attractions for visitors.

Momotaro Odori is the central boulevard that runs from the east side of JR Okayama Station toward the museum-rich Cultural Zone. The Prefectural Museum of Art, located a few blocks off the end of Momotaro Odori, showcases Japanese artists and regularly exhibits works on consignment from international museums and private collections.

Not to be confused with The Prefectural Museum of Art, The Prefectural Museum, situated opposite the entrance to Korakuen Garden, is the best place to get a feel for the history of Okayama from ancient times to the modern era.

Okayama Station is at the heart of the city. Besides being the transportation hub, it is a nexus for shopping and dining. Hop off a train or bus and into a fashionable shop or restaurant. Shopping opportunities abound near the station with AEON Mall Okayama and Bic Camera just minutes away on foot.

Okayama City is modern and increasingly metropolitan. Possessing brilliant amenities, the city is cradled by the mountains, hills and rivers that define its landscape.

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