Okayama Castle was constructed by Hideie Ukita, one of the Toyotomi Council of Five Elders (a committee of daimyo formed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi to rule Japan while his son Hideyori was not of age). Though the 3-layered, 6-storey castle keep was said to be an imitation of Nobunaga Oda’s Azuchii Castle, the uneven, pentagon-shaped castle walls surrounding it is unusual nationwide. 


Because of its black exterior, it is also known and called as Ujo, meaning “Crow Castle.”


Business hours and holidays: 

Opening hours: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM (Last entrance is at 5:00 PM) 

Holidays: regular holidays, year-end holiday (December 29-31)


■ Entrance fees

Categories During the opening of the permanent exhibition During the change of the exhibition
15 years and older
300yen (240yen) 150yen
6 to 14 years old
120yen (100yen) 60yen



■ Combined Tickets

Categories Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden Okayama Castle, Okayama Korakuen Garden, and Hayashibara Museum of Art Okayama Castle and Okayama Orient Museum
15 years and older
560yen 960yen 480yen
6 to 14 years old
260yen 200yen


Parking information (fee and availability): 

Ujo Park parking lot: \300 for one hour (additional \100 every succeeding 30 minutes)
* Visitors to Okayama Castle will receive a \150 discount.

Means of transportation: 

- From JR Okayama Station, ride the local train going to Higashiyama and get off at Joga bus stop. Walk from there for 10 minutes.

- 20 minutes by car via Sanyo Expressway - Okayama Interchange 

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