Okayama Okayama Castle

Wear a kimono in the castle and try your hand at making ceramics!

There were three hills called Okayama, Ishiyama, and Tenjinyama near the site where present-day Okayama Castle is located along the Asahi River. It was Ukita Naoie who acquired the castle on Ishiyama and made it his headquarters, bringing the Okayama area to the forefront during the Warring States period. His son, Hideie, determined to place Honmaru (main enclosure and keep) on the hill of Okayama and built Okayama Castle that stands to the present day. (It is said that the Tenshu (castle tower) was completed in 1597.) According to documents from the Edo era, the castle was built under the instructions of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In addition, the branching channels of the Asahi River were devised as they are today to protect the north and east sides of the castle and utilized to create moats, and a castle town was built that stretched long in the north-south direction between the moats. In this way, the prototype of the city center of present-day Okayama City was established, laying the foundations for the name of the city and prefecture. Later, the castle and the castle town were further expanded by successive castle lords, Kobayakawa Hideaki and the Ikeda Clan that continue to this day.

Basic Infomation

  • Address
    2-3-1 Marunouchi, Kita Ward, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
  • Hours
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Last admission: 5:00 PM)
    *Opening hours may be extended due to events, etc.
  • Closed
    Year-end holidays (December 29 - December 31)
    *The Tenshukaku (castle tower) may be closed due to bad weather or inspections. Please check “Notices” for the latest information.
  • Admission
    Adults (high school students and older): 400 yen (320 yen)
    Elementary/junior high school students: 100 yen (80 yen)
    Preschool children: Free of charge
    *( ) indicates the price for a group of 20 or more people.
    *We also offer special discount common admission tickets.
    *We offer free admission to elementary and junior high school students who attend school in Okayama City, people with a physical disability certificate, and people aged 65 or older who live in Okayama City. For details, please check the “Admission Fee Exemption and Discount Eligibility” page.
    *People who are exempt from the admission fee will also need to receive an admission ticket (free ticket) at the ticket office.

    Common Admission Tickets:
    Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle’s Tenshukaku: 640 yen
    Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle’s Tenshukaku & Hayashibara Museum of Art: 1,040 yen
    Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle’s Tenshukaku & Yumeji Art Museum: 1,280 yen
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  • Website
    Click here
  • Other Information
    10 min by bus from JR Okayama Sta. to “Kenchomae,” and then 5 min on foot; 10 min on foot from “Shiroshita” via tram from JR Okayama Sta.

    Accepted Payment Methods:
    Credit Cards
    VISA, Master, JCB, UnionPay, DINERS, AMEX

    Electronic Money:
    Transportation IC cards, Edy, WAON, nanaco, iD, QUICPay

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