Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

Takahashi City

The “Castle in the Sky” floating on a sea of clouds

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Built in 1240, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is both an Important Cultural Property of Japan and is counted among Japan’s top 100 castles. The castle is located atop a mountain at an altitude of 430 m, making it the highest fortress with an existing castle tower in Japan. Visitors to the castle are treated to a spectacular sight, especially in the early mornings of fall and winter when the clouds spread out to form a “sea of clouds” around the castle. Also in fall, when the trees change color, the landscape becomes painted in a deep vermilion as if the castle walls were aflame, offering visitors a truly majestic sight.

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Basic information

1, Uchisange, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture
15 min by tourist share taxi from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Sta. to “Fuigo Toge,” and then 20 min on foot *Reservation required for the share taxi.
Business Hours
9:00am – 5:30pm (April – September) / 9:00am – 4:30pm (October – March)
December 29 – January 3
General 300 yen; students 150 yen (elementary and junior high)

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