Onto part two of my day trip to Okayama Castle! Sorry for the delay in blog posts lately. I’ve been job hunting and negotiating a job contract and it is so stressful… I’ll be so relieved when I finally have the contract finished. I’m actually getting a job overseas, so it is even more stressful trying to wrap things up here to leave in the future too.
Whew! Let’s see what $12 gets us in Okayama Castle. 🙂
Honestly, the inside of Okayama Castle was a little boring. There were a lot of displays with cultural artifacts, but all of the signs were only in Japanese so I wasn’t sure what anything was.
Funny story… I wasn’t supposed to take any of these pictures, LOL! I was so excited to visit this castle that I just kept snapping away right when I entered and since none of the signs were in English, I didn’t pay any attention to them. Near the end I realized that there were no picture signs everywhere… woops!
The artifacts were so amazing… I’m guessing this gargoyle was maybe an original part of the castle before it was destroyed in the war? The new gargoyles are golden.
An old map of Okayama pre-war? I had to do some ninja moves to get this photo because it was in a really small space. I loved the colors!
Coolest armor ever! I wish I knew more about it. That was basically my entire thought process when I was checking everything out. I guess Okayama Castle isn’t one of the bigger tourist attractions in Japan, so they didn’t have any foreign language support. Too bad!
This sword looked so awesome! The design was really unique… it kind of reminded me of the tribal designs in Africa and the Middle East.
There are several floors of the castle. On the bottom floor, there are some activities that you can do. Some were free and some were not. There were a selection of old Japanese games to play, and for a fee you could make pottery and games yourself.
There was also a small area with different room setups. I seriously wish I knew what was going on here! I couldn’t really tell what they were for exactly… check out that no camera sign that I totally ignored. 😀
The coolest thing that made it worth it is the kimono area on the bottom floor! If you are a foreigner, you can sign up for free to try on the kimono and check out a Japanese tatami room. The lady was so nice to me and helped me try the kimono. I couldn’t help cracking up after I saw my pictures! It was really heavy. I didn’t wear the headpiece because that would have looked crazy… but the option is always there. 😉
So the interior of the castle was interesting, even though there weren’t English explanations. Next, I headed up to the top floor to see the views of Okayama…
I’ll save that for my last post on my beautiful visit to Okayama Castle. Until then my friends, enjoy life~
Check out my other posts on Okayama Castle here: