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Ujo Togenkyo, a Brilliant Illumination Event at Okayama Castle!

This video, titled "Okayama Castle|Ujo Togenkyo|Summer 2018|4K" (岡山城 烏城桃源郷 2018夏 4K), was uploaded by "Takashi Matsuo."
It introduces a breathtaking light up event at Okayama Castle in Okayama Prefecture.

Okayama Castle is also known as "Crow Castle" or "Golden Crow Castle" because of its black lacquered appearance, and is designated as a National Historic Site.
Three times a year at Okayama Castle (spring, summer, and autumn), a fantastic event called "Ujo-Tougenkyo" (summer) is held, and you can see the fantastical scenery in this 4K video.

What Kind of Event Is Ujo Togenkyo, the Light Up Event at Okayama Castle?

Image of the Okayama Castle light up event, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Photo:The Okayama Castle light up event, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

Okayama Castle is often called "Crow Castle" after the black lacquered walls built at the order of Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the rule of the Ukita clan.
Later, the lord of Okayama Castle changed from Kobayakawa Hideaki to the Ikeda clan, but its majestic appearance has remained unchanged and continues to delight visitors to the castle.
In addition, Korakuen Garden was built when the Ikeda Clan ruled the castle, and visitors can still feel the relaxing atmosphere of that time.

Ujo Tougenkyo is a seasonal light up event held at Okayama Castle.
The theme of the event is "a soft light surrounding the castle," and the castle tower and its surroundings are lit up to the delight of many tourists every year.

The area around the castle is decorated with paper lanterns, garden lanterns, and candles, and the scenery is nothing short of fantastic.
You can see the beautiful, mystical scenery of Okayama Castle during the event throughout the video, including the trees surrounding the castle glowing in a variety of colors from 0:39 in the video.

At the same time, an event called "Fantasy Garden" (幻想庭園, Genso Teien) is also held at Korakuen Garden on the other side of Okayama Castle.
This light up event at Okayama Castle has become famous as a photogenic and Instagrammable event.

More Exciting Highlights of Okayama Castle!

Image of the castle keep of Okayama Castle, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Photo:The castle keep of Okayama Castle, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

While the photogenic event "Ujo Tougenkyo" is indeed fascinating, Okayama Castle is a delight in itself.

For example, the goshuin stamp of Okayama Castle (currently sold via post due to the renovation of Okayama Castle) and the "Top 100 Japanese Castles" stamp are very popular among history buffs and castle lovers.
And what's more, visitors can enjoy lunch and delicious parfaits inside Okayama Castle's castle tower.
At "Castle Tea House - Yuki" (お城茶屋ゆき, Oshiro Chaya Yuki) in Okayama Castle's castle tower, visitors can enjoy both food and a variety of sweet treats.

In particular, the popular "castle parfait" was depicted in the famous anime "Detective Conan" (Case Closed) with scenes of Conan and Kogoro Mouri eating it, sparking its popularity.
Okayama Castle is currently closed for renovation in preparation for its renewal/reopening in November 2022.
However, to coincide with the renovation, a new logo using the family crest was unveiled, and the duo "Okayama Ninja" appeared at events in and around the city, donning their black and gold gear to liven up Okayama Castle.

Summary of "Ujo Tougenkyo," the Breathtaking Light Up Event at Okayama Castle

Image of Okayama Castle, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture
Photo:Okayama Castle, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

Ujo Tougenkyo is a fantastical, photogenic event that is sure to delight any visitor to Okayama Castle.
The parking lot can accommodate up to 570 standard vehicles, and the admission fee is 410 yen for adults.
Come and enjoy the fantastical scenery of "Ujo Tougenkyo"!

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Last Updated : Apr. 28, 2023
平敷 篤(Atsushi Heishiki)
My name is Atsushi Heishiki, a writer who loves Japanese culture and lives in Okinawa.
The Jet-Black Okayama Castle Standing Beautifully in the Darkness of Night! Discover the Amazing Light Up Event That Turns This Travel Destination Into a Land of Fantasy!
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