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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle備中松山城

Historical Monument

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”.


Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1 (Takahashi / NiimiArea)

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Review of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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Reviewed:2018/11/16 one of the twelve original ones !
We walked from the village up to the castle. This took us about 1 hour, and slowly brought us into the right mood. The woods are so peaceful, although traffic noise still was competing with the...
Reviewed:2018/11/09 Any builder would be proud
The skill of the builders, past and recent, looms large as you walk about this medieval castle. A short walk along a well formed trail is well worth the effort as you pass through forest to the site...
Reviewed:2018/10/12 icchu Matsuyama Castle with only castle tower remaining around mountain area.
Many castles of Japan were build in 16 century. But most castles lost their castle tower. Only 17 original castle towers are remaining that were build in 16 or 17 century.
Castle Tower of Bicchu...

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Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1 [ map ]
Takahashi / NiimiArea
[Admission fee] Adults500yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students200yen
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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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