Autumn is one of the best seasons travelling to Japan. The shades of yellow to orange to red foliage have made the garden, castle and the shrines look more beautiful. Not only the day, but also at night. Some major tourist destinations would organize specials events and illumination at night for the visitors.
Okayama Castle is the symbol of Okayama Prefecture in Japan. The main tower was completed in 1597 but completely destroyed during World War II. Then it was replicated in 1966 with concrete and built in an elevator for easy access to the top.
With a black exterior, the castle is also called the Crow Castle. Please do not confuse it with Matsumoto Castle in Nagano, Japan, which is called the Crow Castle. Matsuomoto Castle is named “karasu-jō” in Japanese while Okayama Castle is “U-jō”. While they may all look similar yet different in many way, particularly the interior, the moat and surrounding environment, making each one of them unique in its own way.
Visiting Okayama in autumn, the best time is to catch the illumination and event period which was November 17 to 26, 2017. I am grateful to be able to take some great photos on the last date of the event. The dates are different every year, please check online if you are interested next year.