Onto the view! Hands down, the view from the top of Okayama Castle was my whole reason practically for buying the entrance ticket. I knew it was going to be beautiful with the lake and gardens around it!
There is a famous garden called Korakuen Garden right across from the castle, and you can get a combined entrance ticket for both the castle and the gardens usually. Because there was a special exhibit in the castle, they wouldn’t let me buy a combined ticket, which was such a bummer. It is much cheaper that way! It ended up being a blessing in disguise though, because I wouldn’t have had time to enjoy both fully if I had to do them on the same day.
The views were beautiful! When I first got to Okayama, I was surprised by how neutral everything was. I guess I had the stereotypical view of Japan that was basically only the glitz and glam of Tokyo. Being in a smaller city is sooo much different.
Here, the people are more conservative. I never really saw any crazy fashion or huge compounds with flashing lights. Nothing sexual on display, if you don’t count the adult magazines in all of the convenience stores. Talk about culture shock! It was so awkward to see men just flipping through adult magazines like it’s normal in the convenience store.
You can see a bit of the Okayama Castle compound from the top too. Surprisingly there was no one outside… it was packed!
The golden gargoyles were amazing. So shiny and eye-catching! I was doing all kinds of ninja moves to get good pictures out of the tiny castle windows LOL.
What a beautiful sight. That little bridge there takes you over to the Korakuen Gardens. The weather was so nice and bright, and the trees were in full bloom! If Japan does anything right, it’s keeping nature everywhere looking beautiful.
You can rent little paddleboats on the lake as well, which I decided not to do because I would probably make a fool of myself.
And that was my trip to Okayama Castle! It literally took all day, but it was totally worth it. If you ever find yourself in Okayama, I would definitely recommend a stop at Okayama Castle. Even if you decide not to go in because of the entrance fee, seeing the outside of the castle is worth the trip because the exterior is amazing.
You can find more information on Okayama’s official website here.
I hope you enjoyed my little adventure to Okayama Castle. What is a landmark that would like to visit if you had the chance?
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