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Okayama Castle (岡山城, Okayamajō), also known as "crow castle" due to its black exterior, was built in 1597 in the style of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. The original castle was destroyed in the last year of World War 2, but a reconstruction was made in 1966. The castle is located on the Asahi River, which was used as a moat. Korakuen Garden is located just across the river.

Only one of Okayama Castle's original buildings escaped destruction during the war, the Tsukimi Yagura ("moon viewing turret"), which dates back to 1620. There are also reconstructions and unearthed foundations of a few other former buildings, which help illustrate the former extent of the castle complex.

Inside the six-story castle keep are exhibits relating to the history and development of the castle. Furthermore, there is a pottery studio in the castle park where visitors can craft Bizen-yaki, a pottery type local to Okayama Prefecture (advance reservations recommended).

Getting there and around

Okayama Castle is about 1.5 kilometers or a 25-30 minute walk east of Okayama Station. Trams on the Higashiyama Line can be taken to Shiroshita stop (5 minutes, 100 yen, frequent departures) from where the castle keep can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk.

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    • Hotel Granvia Okayama
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Okayama Station, Granvia Okayama is a 15-minute train ride from Kurashiki. It offers restaurants with 19th-floor views, an indoor pool with a sauna, as well as rooms with free WiFi and free wired internet. Each air-conditioned room at Hotel Granvia Okayama is equipped with bath and shower facilities, a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. All rooms are also fitted with an electric kettle. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from Koraku-en Garden and Okayama Castle. An hour’s train ride takes guests to Shikoku Island. Kibitsu Shrine is a 20-minute drive away. French cuisine is served at Prix d'Or Restaurant, featuring panoramic views. Kibizen Restaurant offers seasonal Japanese foods. Chinese dishes and teppan-yaki are also available. Sky Lounge Applause offers beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
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    • Guest House MEETS Okayama
      Budget-friendly
      Situated within 200 metres of Tanukian Bunko Art Museum and 600 metres of Houkancho Shopping Street, ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山 offers rooms in Okayama. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as Kuni Shrine. The property is set less than 1 km from Momotaro Statue and a 10-minute walk from Rokkosei Memorial Statue. AEON Mall Okayama is less than 1 km from ゲストハウス MEETS 岡山, while Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street is a 13-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.
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    • GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Situated in Okayama, near Nishigawa Canal Park, Komori Shrine and Momotaro Statue, GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Rokkosei Memorial Statue, Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street and Okayama-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 17 km from GRAND BASE Okayama Ekimae.
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    • Okayama Koraku Hotel
      Mid-range
      Just a 5-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Okayama Koraku Hotel offers modern rooms with free wired internet and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy massages and free-use bicycles. This hotel was selected as one of the Top Romance Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2015. The air-conditioned rooms at Koraku Hotel include a private bathroom with bathtub and amenities. Slippers, a fridge and a seating area are provided. Each room has a humidifier. Nishigawa Ryokudo Koen Tram Station is just a 1-minute walk from the hotel. Okayama Castle is 1.5 km away, and Okayama Koraku-en Garden is about a 15-minute walk away. The 24-hour reception offers luggage storage. A free-use microwave and coin-operated launderette are provided. TOMOE Restaurant offers a buffet-style breakfast featuring Japanese and Western dishes from 06:30-10:00.
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    • Torii-Kuguru
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in July 2013, Torii-Kuguru offers free Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals and a launderette. This non-smoking property features a garden and a shared kitchen, a 10-minute walk from JR Okayama Station. Guests can relax in a shared lounge with a bar. The hotel has private rooms with Japanese futon bedding on a wooden floor. All rooms are air-conditioned and have heating facilities, while toilets and bathrooms are shared. From hotel Torii-Kuguru it’s only a 10-minute drive to Okayama Castle or Korakuen Park.
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    • Hotel Abest Grande Okayama
      Mid-range
      Featuring a fitness centre, bar, shared lounge and free WiFi, Hotel Abest Grande Okayama is set in Okayama, 300 metres from Nishigawa Canal Park and 400 metres from Komori Shrine. A sauna and a bicycle rental service are available for guests. The hotel features family rooms. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and laundry service at the property. Popular points of interest near Hotel Abest Grande Okayama include Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street, Okayama-ji Temple and Kongo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Located in downtown Okayama, ANA Crowne Plaza Okayama offers comfortable and bright rooms with free WiFi, only 2-minute walk from JR Okayama Station West Exit. It features 3 dining options and a 24-hour reception, while concierge services and currency exchange are available. Okayama ANA Crowne Plaza is a few steps from the Okayama Convention Centre and the well-known Takashimaya department store. The Koraku-en is a 10-minute taxi ride, and Okayama Airport is a 30-minute drive. Rooms have an interior in relaxing beige tones, with contrasting dark wooden furnishings and curtains. They come with wide and extra-long beds, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. A safe, nightwear and toiletries are provided. The Hotel ANA Crowne Plaza provides laundry services and luggage storage. The lobby offers free WiFi, and rental facilities are available for in-room use, such as a DVD player, an air humidifier or a trouser press. A car rental company and a minimart can be found next door. Japanese dishes can be enjoyed at the backdrop of the city skyline, at top-floor Japanese Restaurant Kuriya-sen. Sky Bar & Lounge is also located on the 20th floor. Casual dining URBANO serves Western dishes.
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    • Smile Hotel Okayama
      Mid-range
      Situated conveniently in the Kita Ward district of Okayama, Smile Hotel Okayama is set 300 metres from Yakushi-in Temple, 300 metres from Okayama-ji Temple and 200 metres from Kongo-ji Temple. The property is situated 400 metres from Nishigawa Canal Park, 600 metres from Okayama Kinshu Kaikan and 700 metres from Shimoishii Park. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk as well as free WiFi. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. All guest rooms feature a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Smile Hotel Okayama include Kochin-ji Temple, Komori Shrine and Kotohira Shrine. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Super Hotel Okayama Station Higashiguchi
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the Kita Ward district of Okayama, Super Hotel Okayama Station Higashiguchi is set 600 metres from AEON Mall Okayama, 1.1 km from Rian Bunko Art Museum and less than 1 km from Sky Mall 21 Shopping Street. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Buffet and American breakfast options are available every morning at Super Hotel Okayama Station Higashiguchi. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Okayama Baptist Church, Shimoishii Park and Momotaro Statue. The nearest airport is Okayama Airport, 16 km from Super Hotel Okayama Station Higashiguchi.
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    • Hotel Maira
      Budget-friendly
      Situated a 10-minute walk from JR Okayama Train Station, Hotel Maira provides rooms with free Wi-Fi/wired internet. A free-use internet station is available by the 24-hour front desk and a coin-launderette are on site. This property has been awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2014 and 2017. Air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, a wood desk and a fridge await guests at Maira Hotel. You can enjoy a soak in the tub in the en suite bathroom or watch satellite TV channels. A tea maker is also provided. Free luggage storage is available at Maira Hotel. Okayama Castle and Koraku-en Park are about a 20-minute walk from the hotel. Nishigawa Ryokudo Tram Station is a 5-minute walk away. Free soft drinks are available in the lobby, and free bread is served in the morning.
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