Kinojo Castle

Japan, Okusaka, Soja City, Okayama Prefecture 719-1101

One of Japan's 100 Famous Castles. An ancient mountain castle said to have been built by the Yamato Imperial Court for the defense of the country. Kinojo Castle is not mentioned in any history books, and its history remains a mystery. Currently, historical sites are being surveyed, maintained, and restored, and you can visit the ruins of the corner tower and castle gate. The panoramic view from the restored west gate is spectacular. In front of the summit, there is the Soja City Kinojo Visitor Center, which introduces the restoration process and what the ruins looked like when they were excavated. We also recommend the 2.8km long walking course that follows the castle walls.

Business Time

Onishiroyama Visitor Center: 8:30-17:00 Closed: Mondays (the next day if Monday is a holiday), December 29th to January 3rd

Telephone number 0866-99-8566
Website http://www.city.soja.okayama.jp/kanko_project/kanko/kannkou_bunnka/kankouti/kinojyo/kinojo.html
  • About 20 minutes from Okayama Expressway Okayama Soja IC to Kinojo Visitor Center, then about 15 minutes walk to the west gate. *Please note that the road is narrow for about 3km from Sunagawa Park to the parking lot of Onishiroyama Visitor Center. *Only small buses with a width of 2.1m and a total length of 7m are allowed. Approximately 30 minutes by taxi from JR Soja Station, then approximately 10 minutes on foot.
Language 日本語

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