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Tsuyama Castle and Kakuzan Park

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A castle town and leading cherry blossom viewing destination in western Japan

Okayama Prefecture



Tsuyama Castle is located in Kakuzan Park on a small hill in Tsuyama City in northern Okayama Prefecture. It is ranked as one of the Top 100 Historical Parks in Japan due to the castle’s architectural credentials: the 400-year-old castle has the third-largest number of turrets in Japan, after the castles of Hiroshima and Himeji. Mori Tadamasa, the first lord of the Tsuyama Clan, spent 12 years building this flatland mountain castle before it was completed in 1616. Although the buildings were demolished after the 1873 ordinance abolishing castles, the largest watchtower in the castle was reconstructed in 2005.


In the sakura (cherry blossom) season in spring, the castle looks especially beautiful. Visit between late March and mid-April to see Tsuyama Castle adorned with about 1,000 cherry trees, most of them of the prized Yoshino cherry tree variety. The breathtaking landscape is recognized as one of the Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan—one of the premier places in Japan’s western region for viewing the blossoms—with sakura in full bloom surrounding the castle, tower, and stonewalls on a magnificent scale.


Every year, the Tsuyama Cherry Blossom Festival is held at Tsuyama Castle. Follow the traditional paper lanterns, beautifully harmonized with cherry blossoms lining the path, through the castle grounds. Here, you will find many festival food stalls, providing the opportunity to taste local delicacies such as Tsuyama horumon udon, fried noodles with offal. You can also try a tea ceremony in the castle grounds beneath the blossoms.


How to get there

From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Okayama Station (about 45 minutes), take the train to Tsuyama Station (about 1 hour 30 minutes), then walk from the station to the park (about 10 minutes).


135 Sange, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama-ken


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