Spots in Takahashi / Niimi Area

  • Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
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    4.5
    289 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1
    Bitchu Matsuyama Castle stands at the highest elevation above sea level in Japan at 430 meters as a castle which has a surviving keep. The castle was originally built on Omatsuyama by an Ukan town feudal lord, Akiba Shigenobu during the Kamakura period It was restored by Mizunoya Katsumune in 1683 and retains that castle keep appearance to this day. You can see the vestiges of a castle that was called impregnable, a solid wall of rock rising up to the mountain top. It is also famous as you can observe the apparition of a sea of clouds floating by in the early morning from the end of September to early April. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle was used in the opening shot of the “Taiga” (a long running historical drama on NHK) drama series called “Sanada Maru”.

    The hiking to the castle from the nearest parking lot takes around 20 min and can be quite steep. Its not the most exciting castle but it does offer nice views around the town.

  • Raikyuji Temple
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Raikyujichou 18
    "A 15-minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station on the JR Hakubi Line. This is one of the Ankokuji temples established by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji. The temple is the 13th temple on the Setouchi 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and its principal object of worship is a statue of Avalokitesvara. The temple's central rock garden, featuring a symbolic depiction of legendary Mt. Penglai, was created around 1605 by Bitchu Province magistrate Kobori Masakazu and was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty in 1974. Nicknamed ""The Crane and Tortoise Garden,"" the garden features symbolic depictions of a crane island and two turtle islands floating in a sea of white sand, with pruned satsuki azaleas representing waves; Mt. Atago stands in the distance, providing a stunning backdrop."

    The temple is modest, the garden is gorgeous :400 years old and still respecting the creators design

  • Hirokane Residence
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachounakano 2710
    "A 55-minute drive from the Kayo Interchange on the Okayama Expressway. This building was the residence of the Hirokane family, whose members served as the village heads of Onoro and amassed a vast fortune around 1800. The residence' stone walls were built at the end of the Edo period, their majesty a match for the romon-zukuri style residence. The residence was made famous nationwide when it was twice used as a shooting location for filming different versions of ""Village of Eight Gravestone"" in 1977 and 1996. Here visitors can experience the residence' luxurious, movie-like atmosphere and learn about the history of the estate and the Hirokane family, who prospered thanks to the Koizumi Copper Mine and the production of melanterite (a component used to make ferric oxide pigment)."

    Hirokane Residence is situated on the top of the hill and it looks like a small castle.And this residence has been used for Japanese mystery movie also.It is quite beautiful and well preserved but...

  • Takahashi Nariwa Museum of Art
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoushimohara 1068-3
    Takahashi Nariwa Museum of Art is located along National Route 33 in Shimohara, Nariwa-cho in the city of Takahashi. It houses the works of Torajiro Kojima, a native of the area, known as one of Japan's principal Impressionist painters, along with Kojima's personal collection of some 500 items, mostly Egyptian relics. The museum also contains a collection of fossilized plants discovered in the Nariwa region.

    美術館のカフェで作品の余韻に浸れます。メニューは一般的ですが、美術館はカフェまで含めて作品です。ケーキセットをいただきました。のんびりできます。グループで訪れるときは待ち合わせにも使えます。

  • Nishie Residence
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Takahashi-shi Nariwacho Sakamoto 1604
    This important historical and cultural building left from the height of the Edo period is about a 25-minute drive from Nimi Interchange off the Chugoku Expressway. In the Edo period, the Nishie house fell under direct control of the government and became an official location for the local government representative. The structure retains its condition from the Meiji period. After the family lost their positions, they took up work in iron oxide dye (or red ocher) making for paints and pigments, with apparently great success. In addition to experiencing the novel forms, fresh color, and original melanterite designs, you can try red ocher dyeing yourself.

    You will be excited to find the residence is the origin of Bengara ,a kind of red color painted in Imari Porcelain which is very famous to export to Europe in 19 century. Ukiyoe was painted the paper...

  • Takahashi Samurai Manor - Old Orii Home
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Takahashi-shi Ishibiyacho 23-2
    This old samurai residence is about a 15-minute walk from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station. It is located in Ishibiya-cho, amidst a number of other samurai residences, in the ruins of the outermost region of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, and it is a designated Takahashi City Important Cultural Property. Built in the Tempo era, it is a beautiful stucco walled structure with a formal, architecturally traditional main house. The courtyard has a pond and garden stones that appear almost exactly like they did when the house was in use. The while stucco and heavy beams of the Nagayamon gate are particularly lovely. Inside you'll find displays of weapons and daily lifestyle items to offer a look at how life was lived long ago.

    備中松山城でこの施設も入場可能なセットの入場券を購入しました。お城登城のあとで食事をしてその後できました。武家屋敷地域にある無料の駐車場が使えました。保存状態がよく展示もよいと思いました。旧折井家のほうにはあいさつをする人形があるのですが、ややどっきり的でこれはなくてもよいかなと思いました。

  • Takahashi City Local Museum
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Takahashi-shi Mukocho 21
    This museum is about a 10-minute walk from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station. The main building was the old Takahashi Combined Elementary and Higher Elementary School, which was built in 1904, and is now a designated municipal Important Cultural Property. It was preserved as an important representative of early Meiji architecture in 1972. Inside, it holds a collection of over 3,000 pieces of daily life items gathered with help from residents, and range from the Edo period through the early Showa eras. They offer a tangible sense of history. The ceiling of the meeting hall, with its Momoyama-style double-height stepped construction, offers a grand sense of the Meiji period.

    学校の建物を利用した地域歴史資料館で、意外に楽しめました。電柱の掲示、蓄音機、扇風機、鍋釜などの台所用品などなどとありとあらゆる地域の古いものをかき集めてきたような場所ですが、これが意外に楽しめました。この地域がたばこ産業に依存したものだったのが興味深く思いました。

  • Niimi Museum of Art
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Nishigata 361
    This art museum is located in Nishigata, Niimi City. Centered on about 80 pieces by the literary painter Tomioka Tessai, It holds approximately 1,100 works of art such as modern Japanese paintings, Western paintings and crafts by artists in connection with their hometown. You can interact with the natural of Niimi throughout the four seasons through the garden in the museum and the view from the cafe.

    The museum is a lovely building with panoramic views over the city. When we visited the show was to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the museum and showed highlights from the collection. The...

  • Cave Ikura
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Ikura 409
    A limestone cave 1,200 meters long and with a total elevation difference of 90 meters located in scenic Ikura Gorge in Ikura, Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture. The entrance to the cave is on a 240 meter tall limestone precipice. The cave was formed by rainwater erosion and features such as a 50 meter tall waterfall and icicle-like stalactites give the cavernous spaces within it a mystical quality. Visitors can view some 30 rare and unusually shaped stones and rock formations that are both strange and beautiful, such as the “Silver Screen,” “Water Clothing,” and “Jellyfish Stone.” Arisa no Miya, a shrine dedicated to a woman who suffered unrequited love and who is now revered as a goddess granting worshipers luck in love and marriage, stands at the cave’s exit.

    鍾乳洞で知られる井倉洞周辺の峡谷だ。彫刻刀で真っ直ぐに削り取られたような石灰岩の絶壁は約240メートルの高さがあるという。流れ落ちる滝をアクセントに絶壁に木々が植わっている景色は渓谷美という言葉がぴったりだ。グリーンシーズンは石灰岩に緑が鮮やかだが、もみじの季節も見応えがあるという。

  • Fukiya Furusato Village
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya 838-2
    This Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings is located in the Nariwacho Fukiya area of Takahashi City. A town that flourished from copper mining and the production of red iron oxide (red pigment) during the Edo period (1603–1868), it preserves the townscape lined with the rouge-colored machiya (wooden townhouses) of wealthy merchants together with red copper roof tiles.
  • Ibuki no Sato Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Chiyahanami 1336-1
    This ski resort is located along National Route 180 in the Chiya Hanami area of Niimi City. Besides having five courses, a snowboard park and kids park, there are facilities such as restaurants, rental houses and nursery rooms. It is also adjacent to the Niimi Chiya Onsen Ibuki no Sato hot spring accommodation facility that can be used for day-trips.
  • Bengarakan
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya
    "A 40-minute drive from the Niimi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. A museum operating out of a renovated Meiji period ferric oxide (known by the Dutch-derived term ""bengara"" in Japanese) factory in Fukiya Furusato Village. Fukiya Furusato Village was designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1977 and it was ferric oxide production which created the village's foundation. The museum presents how the factory made ferric oxide, which was developed as a red pigment. The elegant museum building's walls are painted with ferric oxide paint; inside visitors can get a taste of the village's heyday when ferric oxide production was at its height and experience the quiet passage of time through the surrounding old townscape."

    かつての弁柄工場を復元して、観光用に公開している施設です。 ふるさと村からは約3km離れており、割と静かな環境が保たれています。 かつての雰囲気を味わうには良い施設ですね。

  • Osayama Autocamp Ground
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Osakominami 1
    This automobile campsite is located in Osakominami, Niimi City. Besides the free-range area and compartment sites, the campsite has large lodges, trailer houses, permanent tents and pet sites, in addition to a visitor house outside the site. You can enjoy activities such as cave hunting, paragliding, canoeing and shower trekking, as well as snow picnics and Japanese igloos experiences in the winter.

    キャンプ場としてはレンタルもありよいと思います。子供が遊ぶ遊具もあります。晴れていれば夜、星がよくみえます。大佐山山頂の天文台やテニスコートが閉鎖されたり、遊歩道が荒れていたり、キャンプ場以外はどんどんさびれていく感じがあります。

  • Hakubi
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Nishigata 469-1
    "This local restaurant is located approximately a one-minute walk from JR Niimi Station. It is a long-established restaurant founded in 1929 that is often featured in the media and popular with not only local residents but also tourists. Their ""Bicchu Matsuri Sushi"" with whole mackerel sushi is a popular menu item that has kept the same taste since the store's founding. Their sturgeon dishes using fresh caviar, famous as one of the world's top three delicacies, and shabu-shabu hot pot with Japan's oldest cattle breed ""Chiya-gyu"" are also recommended."

    We came here with a group of eight for a light dinner. The udon noodle bowl with beef was very good. Other people had tempura and curry beef. There is an unusual display of stuffed animals and...

  • Takahashi Natural Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Ochiaichou Harada 91-1
    "This park is located approximately a 15-minute drive from Bitchu-Takahashi Station. A variety of trees and plants are planted in the park, and you can enjoy seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms and azaleas in the spring and colorful leaves in the autumn. You can also see rare rocks called ""Hachijo-iwa"" and ""Sanmai-ishi."" There is a campsite with accommodations and play equipment for children, making it a facility for families to enjoy. It also has camping facilities such as a tent site, bungalows, a shower building and cooking building."
  • Konyagawa Bikan Historical Quarter
    Travel / Tourism
    Shirojicho, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
    This district is located approximately a 15-minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station on the JR Hakubi Line. Beautiful cherry blossoms and willow trees continue along the banks of the Konya River, which once was the outer moat of Bicchu Matsuyama Castle, and it has been selected as one of the 100 Best Roads in Japan. The trees are illuminated at night during the cherry blossom viewing season, and it is visited by many tourists. The historically rich cityscape extends to the oldest church in the prefecture, Takahashi Christian Church, and Raikyuji Temple Garden, which was built by Enshu Kobori, lord of the Bicchu domain.
  • Maki-do Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Nimishi Toyonagakouma 2276-2
    A limestone cave on a karst plateau in Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture designated a Natural Monument by Okayama Prefecture. Said to have been found by a hunter in the Edo period, the cave’s name, meaning “full of mysteries,” is derived from a poem written by married poets Tekkan and Akiko Yosano in 1929. The cave is around 450 meters long in total and 25 meters wide at its widest point, and its graceful spaces are filled with sights to see, including one of Japan’s best examples of a rimstone terrace formation; an underground lake named the “Palace of Dreams;” and countless soda straws, stalactites, and stalagmites.
  • Former Katayama Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya
    This is the mansion of Katayama family who gained wealth from the manufacture and sales of red iron oxide. In the red iron oxide warehouse, there are manikins recreating the production of iron oxide which is interesting. In 2006, it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
  • Bengara-ya
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Nariwachoufukiya 693
    Located in Fukiya, Nariwa Town, Takahashi City, Bengara-ya is a shop selling items that make use of the “bengara” red ochre pigment that is one of the region’s local specialty products. These items include fashion accessories and ornaments made with bengara, as well as bengara-glaze ceramics, etc. The shop itself is situated in a historic old house which is bengara-colored.
  • Bicchu Matsuyama Castle sea of clouds Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Okamaya cho, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken
    This observatory is located in the Okumanda-cho area of Takahashi City. Known as a popular place for seeing a sea of clouds, it is also called the Sea of Clouds Observatory. The clouds occur from late September to early April from dawn to 8 a.m. in the morning (depending on conditions such as weather), and you can see the fantastic sight of Bizen Matsuyama Castle floating in the sea of clouds.

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Overshadowed by Hiroshima to the west and the Kansai region to the east, Okayama is an easy spot to miss but a nature-rich gem where the Seto Inland Sea laps at its toes and peach and grape farms complete its interior. One of Japan's Three Great Gardens, Koraku-en in Okayama city is well worth a visit before progressing to Kurashiki, where preserved wooden Edo buildings line the picturesque canal.

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