Posted by Heliocentrism on October 31, 2014
March 17, 2014
This started out as a walk near the river by our apartment. It was a very nice day and before we knew it we were downtown. Since we were in the area we went to the castle to see what there was to see.
It’s a really nice park. The gardeners were getting the place ready for spring. In a few weeks the place would be decked out with flowers and other plant life. There were many spots to relax in the shade or sun. There was also a picnic area where people can eat their bentos.
There were also many runners and joggers. There is a trail that goes around the castle grounds. So, if you want to exercise in this beauty, you don’t have to pay the entrance fee. There is also a bathroom along the running trail.
How to get there:
You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.
Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.
- Emergency Numbers:
- Police 110
- Ambulance and Fire 119
- Important phone numbers to know while in Japan
- Comfort Woman
- The Commoner
- Empire of the Sun
- Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
- Geisha, a Life
- Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II’s Most Dramatic Mission
- The Last Concubine
- Memoirs of a Geisha
- Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
- Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan. Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
- InternationalATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank toaskwhatATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
- ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
- The Post Office bank seems to work with the most international cards.
- You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan; I’ve never been a tourist here.)
- Coordinates 34° 39′ 54.65″ N, 133° 56′ 9.79″ E
2-chome Marunouchi, Okayama-shi, Okayama
- Castle: +81 86-225-2096
- Garden: +81 86-272-1148
- Castle – 300 yen
- Garden – 400 yen
- Castle & Garden 560
- Prices vary when there are special exhibits.
- 9:00 ~ 17:30
- last entry is at 17:00
- close Dec 29 – 31
- Parking is near the Garden. It costs 100 Yen/ hour