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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
- On a hilltop in the outskirts of the unassuming town of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture, you will find one of the oldest remaining original castles in Japan. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Takahashi, or Bitchu-Takahashi as its more commonly referred, is a small town in the western part of Okayama Prefecture. It has a population of 31,000 people, and is a typical Japanese small town that would not necessarily be worth mentioning in a tourist guide if it wasn’t for the fact that one of the oldest remaining original castles, sits on a hilltop in the outskirts of the city. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Matsuyama castle, or Bitchu Matsuyama Castle as the full name reads, was built in 1240 AD as a defensive fortress, constructed on high grounds to make it as difficult as possible for hostile forces to approach it. In fact, at an elevation of 430 meters above sea level, this is the highest castle in Japan. The secluded location has also helped keep it safe from attack, indeed, this castle is only one of twelve in the entire country that has remained intact since it was first constructed, surviving both internal and international armed conflicts, as well as the forces of nature throughout the years.The castle building itself is quite small, only two stories high. Inside, you’ll find a small museum focused on the history of the castle, as well as the preservation efforts that have been made. There’s also a section dedicated to the many renovations that have taken place throughout the years. Bitchu Matsuyama Castle ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 7. September. 2017
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