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Tsuyama castle (Kakuzan park)

Tsuyama castle (Kakuzan park) was built about 400 years ago.
It’s one of the best spots for cheery blossom viewing , and known for its beautiful turret rebuilt in 2005.

Besides that, a mysterious stone which is hidden in the castle wall is receiving a great deal of attention at the moment
It is said that if you touch the stone, you would succeed in love I can’t miss it

We visited there last November, so I’ll show you some photos of the castle


It takes an hour and half by car to the castle from the centre of Okayama City.
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                                                                                                                 ©Hareranman Okayama tabi net

The castle was built by the chief of the Tsuyama clan, Mori Tadamasa.
It needed 12 years to be completed, and the construction was finally finished in 1616.


This is Mori Tadamasa
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Tsuyama castle used to have a five-storied castle tower(about 26m high),
but it was knocked down by Meiji government in 1873. What a shame


However, you can see the turret restored in 2005.
Also, you can enter the building and see the décor or household items.

Shall we go
 
We went up the stairs which leads to the turret.
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The castle was much bigger than I expected


As we got closer to the castle tower, the beautiful autumn leaves appeared.
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Finally we arrved at the turret Let’s enter
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We didn’t know much about the castle, so we watched the video about its history at first.

According to the video, this turret wasn’t used for its original purpose.
Originally, a turret is a magazine, but as for this turret, it was a part of a living space for the lord and his family.
It' s a rare case, interesting


Here’ s a room for the lord, ‘Goza no ma’.
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It was the most exclusive room in the castle, so the décor is really gorgeous.
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(left) This is a pattern on the 'fusuma (a sliding door)'. This pattern is called ‘sayagata’.
(right) This is a doorknob with a delicate pattern of a crane, the family crest of Mori family.


This is a tea room to entertain guests with tea
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This is a toilet  It’s almost same as the toilets of today, although it’s too narrow
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There’s an another room on the first floor.
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This room is called ‘On jyo dan’, it used to be a room for the wife of the lord.

This room is unlike any other room since everything was carefully designed for the woman.
For instance, the colour of the wall paper is white tinged with blue.
It’s because that this colour made her complexion look more beautiful


The wall paper also has the family crest of Mori family.
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I realized that there’s a movable door between this room and the stairs.
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The door was supposed to close in case the castle fell, and the lord was going to die in this room.
It’ s surprising that this room was planned to be a place for death from the start


After that, we looked for the mysterious stone
I heard that it’s a heart-shaped stone, and it’s hidden in the castle wall around the turret.

I'll show you the way
Turn left if you’ve got your back to the turret. Then go up the stairs, and turn left…
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This is it
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It’ s a bit hard to distinguish this stone, but the colour is slightly different from the others.
Please try finding the stone You may get good luck
If you can’t find it, please ask the staff at the turret.


Tsuyama castle is opened to the public as a park now.
It’s a nice place to stroll around

I recommend you to visit there in April as 1000 of cherry trees burst into bloom.
It’s just amazing…

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AlsoSakura matsuri (the cherry blossom festival)’ is held in the early April.
Please check it out


Next time, I’ll tell you about the garden of the chief of the Tsuyama clan, ‘Shurakuen’.


Tsuyama castle (Kakuzan park)
Address: 135 Sange Tsuyama City
Tel: 0868-22-4572
Opening time: 8:40-19:00 (April-September) 
                         8:40-17:00 (October-March) 
                         7:30-22:00 (during ‘‘Sakura matsuri’ : April 1-15)
Close: December 29-31
Admission: adults 300yen, children (under 15) free of charge
www.city.tsuyama.okayama.jp/chikujo400/




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