Ukita Naoie began construction of the castle in 1573 but it was not completed until 1597 by his son Hideie. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Kobayakawa Hideaki was given control of the castle but he died just two years later. Ikeda Terumasa's second son, Ikeda Tadatsugu (a grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu), became the new lord of the castle. The Ikeda family continued to rule until the Meiji Period. This was another one of the great castles of the Edo Period but was unfortunately destroyed in the air raids of 1945.
Okayama Castle has such a unique shape that every angle you gives you a unique view. That's why I have so many pictures of the main keep. There is also another yagura that is an Important Cultural Property located on the grounds of a nearby school. I tried to find it but it looked like there was no public way on to the school grounds and the gates were closed.
|English Name||Okayama Castle|
|Alternate Names||U-jo, Kin'u-jo|
|Castle Condition||Reconstructed main keep|
|Designations||Top 100 Castles, has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Main Keep Structure||3 level, 6 stories|
|Year Reconstructed||1965 (concrete)|
|Artifacts||Nishonomaru Nishite Yagura, Tsukimi Yagura|
|Features||main keep, gates, turrets, water moats, stone walls, walls|
|Access||Okayama Sta. (San'yo Line); 20 min walk, 10 min bus|
|Location||Okayama, Okayama Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 39' 55", 133° 56' 10"|
|Visits||November 14, 2009|
|Added to Jcastle||2006|