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Finished in 1616, it took the first lord of Tsuyama, Mori Tadamasa, 12 years to built Tsuyama Castle. Although it has been abandoned and demolished in 1873, gorgeous and magnificent "Bitchu Yagura" with floor made of tatami was recreated in 2005. Because of its beautiful and majestic building, it has been chosen as "Japan's 100 famous castles" and "Japan's 100 historical parks." Furthermore, it is also known as one of the famous cherry blossom flowers spots in West Japan. Therefore, many people visit here in spring.
- 135 Yamashita, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from JR Tsuyama station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Opening hours: 8:40-19:00 (Opens 7:30-22:00 from April 1-15, opens 8:40-17:00 from October-March)
Open all year round
- Time Required
- 90 min
- Admission fee
- High school students or older 300 yen, Junior high school students or younger free
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One of the famous cherry blossom flowers spot in West Japan
The area around Kakuzan Park, where Tsuyama Castle is located, is famous for cherry blossom flowers in West Japan. It is amazing to see the place filled with more or less 1000 cherry blossom trees blooming in front of stone walls. You can look up these beautiful flowers. You can also look down at them from top of the castle! There are many ways to enjoy cherry blossom flowers here.
Layers of stone walls look like a maze
In the huge territory, paths are made of stone walls that look like a maze. Measuring about 10 m high, stone walls look as if many layers of walls are overlapping from the distance. These massive stone walls are a symbol and particularity of Tsuyama Castle.
Very rare Yagura with a tatami floor
In 2005, Bitchu Yagura with all floors in tatami was reconstructed. It is rare to see a Yagura (tower) where all floors are made of tatami. In fact, not only the rooms but other areas are also filled with tatami. On the wall paper, there are watermarks of the family crest (a distinctive sign of family) of the lord Mori, Tsurunomaru. It is created in great detail, even the handles of doors are meticulously decorated.
Tsuyama Sakura Matsuri
Tsuyama Sakura Matsuri starts with the blooming of cherry blossoms. It takes place for about two weeks from April 1 to 15. During this period, local dances are performed and food stands line up on the street. Enjoy the festival while observing beautiful cherry blossom flowers.