Okayama Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Okayama Castle Ruins

LocationOkayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Also known asU Castle, Kin U Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
National Historic Sites
Year built1346-1369
Castle lordUnknown
Refurbishment lordUkita Clan
Portrait of Ukita Hideie from Wikipedia

Okayama Castle admission

admission fee : 320yen (Adult) 130yen(under junior high school students)
admission time : am9-pm5:30
closing period : December 29-31 reference official site

Okayama Castle Google Map

Okayama Castle Images 

Okayama Castle was completed in 1597 by Ukita Hideie, the daimyo of the Warring States Period, spending eight years.

The main keep, destroyed in World WarⅡby the air raids, was rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1966. It has "Bōrō type", three levels-sixth floor. It was called Torijo due to the black lacquer on the outer wall (its black color like a crow) and was also called Kin-u-jo because it used gold leaf tiles.
In the Honmaru, you can enjoy three seasons of stone walls by Ukita Clan , Kobayakawa Clan and Ikeda Clan.
the Tsukimi Yagura
Akazunomon Gate (不明門) restored in 1966.
the Castle lord's room


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