Tsuyama Castle 津山城（鶴山公園）
A key fortress in the region, now a park full of about 1,000 cherry trees
Tsuyama Castle is now known as Kakuzan Park, an area enjoyed by many people. Although the castle itself no longer remains, the sight of some 1,000 cherry blossoms blooming on the original stonework is beautiful.
- Visiting the castle and park during sakura season, from the end of March to mid-April
- Eating some of Tsuyama's famous horumon udon (grilled udon noodles with beef tripe)
- Stopping by the local family business of Japanese music group B'z and take a photo with the lead singer's parents
How to Get There
You can get to the castle by train and then on foot, or rent a car.
Catch a train from JR Okayama Station to JR Tsuyama Station, which will take about 70 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of train and time of day. From JR Tsuyama Station, it's about a 15-minute walk to the castle. Renting a car in Okayama City is a great option.
A castle worth mentioning
Get stunning views of downtown
The park's 45-meter-high stone walls will give you a breathtaking view of downtown and the vista of the mountain ranges that mark the border between Okayama Prefecture and Tottori Prefecture .
Autumn at Tsuyama Castle
While Tsuyama Castle is known as one of western Japan's best cherry blossom spots in spring, every autumn it hosts its Momiji Matsuri, where visitors can enjoy the seasonal colors of maple and ginkgo trees, which contrast beautifully with the stonework. Various events are held, such as light ups of the leaves and bangasa umbrella art (from mid- to late November).
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