Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

Castle / Ruins of Castle
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”.

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Okayama Pref. Takahashishi Uchisange 1 map map Map
[Apr.-Sep.] 9:00-17:30
[Oct.-Mar.] 9:00-16:30
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
[Entrance fee]
[Small/Junior high school students]200yen
Parking Lot
Available (Shiromibashi Park parking lot 100 spaces, Fuigotouge parking lot 14 spaces)
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Not available (no smoking due to Tuesday prevention)
Not available
English Menu
Available (English brochure Available)
※Telephone is connected to Takahashi City Tourism Association.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes or more (including climbing time)
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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