Like so many other castles in Japan, Okayama Castle did not survive the Meiji Restoration or the Second World War. Okayama castle was destroyed by allied bombing in 1945. What you find today is merely a modern day replica, rebuilt in 1966, not hard to see when you enter to find an elevator. If you are staying in Okayama, consider taking a trip to Himeji Castle or Matsuyama Castle, they are only a train ride away, much more impressive and still the original.
I visited the castle myself, but that was more to get out of the hot July sun. The air condition inside was good and well worth the few hundred yen I paid to get in. Inside was a nice exhibit showing the history of the castle and Okayama, as well as a great view of The city.
If it is not too warm though, head instead to Koraku-en, the park across the river. It is much more impressive. One of the most bautiful parks in Japan it is said.
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