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Address: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Okayama 700-0823, Okayama Prefecture
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The Black castle

the castle is rebuilt (therefore there is an elevator inside!) and not large, but looks quite nice. There are some displays about the history of the castle. You can get a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brisbane
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142 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle is so photogenic. Every angle is a great view. It is worth paying the entry fee to see the five levels within and you do get to play samurai in a gown and sword for a photo shot, all free. The views of Okayama from the top are spectacular, especially at cherry blossom time. The history and displays... More 

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1 Thank Galvo1
Brussels, Belgium
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39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the famous castles in Japan. You have a nice surrounding to wander. As most of big castles, you can visit inside, while climbing to the roof, seeing some pieces of the history (samurai armour, daily objects etc). This black castle contrasts a lot with the one of Himeji, the city next to Okayama.

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1 Thank Helcanen
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This castle looks very impressive from the exterior but the inside is extremely disappointing. In fact it was an absolute waste of time. Nothing particularly interesting. ....very much a tourist rip off. Forget the castle , which in fact is a rebuild. Spend your time in the Korakuen gardens instead.

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Hong Kong, China
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113 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the castle is rebuilt (therefore there is an elevator inside!) and not large, but looks quite nice. There are some displays about the history of the castle. You can get a "combined" ticket for the castle and Korakuen near by. Currently there is a cross over of Okayama andmt (the masking tape brand) and the bottom part of the castle... More 

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Sirmione
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81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The castle is sits on the river and is easily accessible. It is a splendid building well worth inspecting both inside and out. A delightful feature is the free “dress ups”. We spend a happy 15 minutes watching a boy of about 10 being dressed as a warrior.

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1 Thank DFP_13
UK
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375 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

OK to look at as you walk by the river but nothing much more than that. It's not very big & the outside offers more than the inside

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Okayama, Japan
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Okayama castle is located quite close to the main attraction of Okayama, Korakuen Gardens. The castle itself is nothing really special - it is not as nice as nearby Himeji castle, not as big as Tsuyama castle, nor does it have any really interesting history like Hiroshima castle. The nicest thing about Okayama castle is that there are often events... More 

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1 Thank MackRichardson
Bangkok, Thailand
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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Okayama or Ujo (meaning the black crow) castle stands in contrast to the clear blue sky. It was built in 1597 and was destroyed in 1945 during the World War II. The outstanding feature of the castle is the wooden board painted with "kuroshi" lacquer or wood rubber extract mixed with iron powder. The castle was used as a military... More 

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1 Thank Hua M
Taipei, Taiwan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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Thank 景翔張2014
Austria
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70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 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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