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Okayama Castle

Hi
Today, I visited ‘Okayama Castle’
This castle is not only a popular tourist site, but also a symbol of Oakayama 
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Okayama Castle was built by Hideie Ukita who was working for a famous ‘busho (a military commander)’ : Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1597. It took 8 years to complete the work since it needed a huge construction work.

For instance, Hideie changed the direction of the flow of Asahi river and surrounded Okayama Castle with the river because he expected that the river would be workable for the defence of the castle.

Unfortunately, the castle was destroyed because of the World War Ⅱ. However it was rebuilt in 1966.


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Tenshukaku (the castle tower)’ is 20.45m high, and it is a 6-story building which is a combination of three 2-story buildings.
The castle is also called ‘the crow castle’ since it looks like a crow because of its colour.
The colour makes the castle look dignified and masculine


On the roof, we found a ‘Shachihoko (a killer whale)
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It It is believed that Shachihoko protects the building from the fire


You would get more information about the castle if you joined the guided tour
The volunteer tour guides will explain you about the history and the details of the castle. 
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The guided tour is led in Japanese, English, and Chinese, but you need a booking if you want to join English tour or Chinese tour.
Please contact ‘Okayama City Volunteer Group’, their phone number is 086-224-1166

You can also get ‘Okayama sightseeing map’ which is made by the volunteer staff.
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It’s written in Japanese, though, it’s easy to understand so that it has many pictures.


Tsukimi yagura (the moon viewing tower)’
is the only building which survived in the World War Ⅱ. 
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It was built around 1620, and it is just as same as it was in that time.

The name of this building sounds elegant , but actually it was built for the defence against the attack.
Years ago, it used to be a warehouse of the weapons


By the way, can you see the hole on the wall? 
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This hole is called ‘Hazama stone’, it was made to fight against enemies.
For instance, the soldiers were able to fire the guns when someone attacked the castle.


This is Okayama Castle seen from the front. 
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Do you find something interesting??

Yes, this castle has an unusual shape… because each floor has a different shape
Look at the first and the second floor. This part is a pentagon. Then the third and forth floor is a rectangle, fifth and sixth floor is a square.
This is a rare type of architecture, so that we seldom see this kind of castle in Japan


So, shell we go inside?
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This castle has the lift so you can go upstairs easily
 

You can enjoy the panoramic view of Okayama City from the top floor 
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What a wonderful view


On other floors, you can find some antique stuff like Katana (a sword) and Kabuto (a helmet).


After enjoying the exhibition, why don’t you take photos with Kimono!? 
There is the room to try Kimono on! 
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It must be easy to wear it since there is a professional staff who can help you 
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This Kimono is gorgeous!!  You can feel that you are a princess or a king.
It’s free of charge, but there is a limit of numbers (max 5 people per an hour).


Years ago, this ‘Kago’ was used as a car by people in higher position. 
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It was painted with black lacquer which was made from vanish trees, and the gold
When someone went out by Kago, it needed more than 4people who carried it
I suppose it was a big undertasking…

It looks small, though, inside is spacy than I expected!

Okayama castle is worth visiting, as it has beautiful buildings and interesting exhibits. Also it’s located near Oakayama station, it takes about 10min by bus from the station.

We were so happy to try Kimono on, you must try it as well
Oh, if you are planning to visit Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle, you should buy a combination ticket (560 yen) which gives you discount of 20%!




The best location for taking a photo 

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It’s my favorite one I took this photo in front of ‘Babaguchi gate’ !
Do you like it?


Okayama Castle
Address: 2-3-1 Marunouchi, North Ward, Okayama City
Telephone: 086-225-2096
Entrance fee: adults 300yen
Close: December 29-31
http://www.city.okayama.jp/kankou/midokoro/shisetsu/okayamajo/ujo/index.html

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