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Okayama Castle

Posted by Heliocentrism on October 31, 2014

March 17, 2014

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Wanna go for a walk?

Let’s Walk

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.

Walking and looking fabulous

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.

Complimentary music whenever this guy is practising his trombone

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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.







  • 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.)

Okayama Castle


Korakuen Garden

How to get there:

  • 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


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