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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)

phone 0866210461

[Apr.--Sep.] 9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00)
[Oct.--Mar.] 9:00-16:30 (Last entry 16:00)

Review of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/01/24 Nice small castle with quite a hike
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.
Reviewed:2019/10/05 A must visit Castle
The castle is located atop a mountain at an altitude of 430m. Travelled by shared taxi service (1200YEN return) from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station to Fuigo Toge (A Carpark) and then it a 20 min climb...
Reviewed:2019/05/01 Highest castle
Took a cab from the train station and it took us halfway up the mountain. Can also get up by bus. The rest is a climb. A good way to exercise and meet locals. Viewing point midway provides a very...

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Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1 [map]
Takahashi / NiimiArea
[Apr.--Sep.] 9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00)
[Oct.--Mar.] 9:00-16:30 (Last entry 16:00)
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 500yen
[Small/Junior High School Students] 200yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Not available (No smoking due to Tuesday)
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* Tel is connected to the Takahashi City Tourism Association.
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes (including climbing time)
Wheelchair accessible
Impossible (with steps)
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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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.