Located in the Japanese city of Okayama, Okayama Castle was originally built in the 16th century.
The castle was bombed in WW II and only the two watch towers survived; the rest was rebuilt during the 1960s. The gargoyles on the roof were gilded with gold paint in 1996, as part of the castle's 400th anniversary celebrations.
It's free to visit the castle, which has displays and exhibits about its history, although much of the information is in Japanese.
The castle is still considered one of the 100 best in the country, and nearby Okayama is well worth a visit for its traditional garden.Places nearby:
Okayama Korakuen Garden: One of the three finest landscape gardens of Japan 0 km / 0 mi
Kurashiki Honmachi Street, Japan: The Celebrated Street in the Kurashiki Historical Quarter 16 km / 10 mi
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Japan: An Impressive View of a Historical Gem 16 km / 10 mi
Ritsurin Koen: The quintessential Japanese garden of Takamatsu 38 km / 24 mi
Himeji Castle: The Prototypical Japanese Castle From the Feudal Period 71 km / 44 mi