Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Takahashi

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Look through the mists of time at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle. Perched high on a steep mountain, this is the oldest and highest surviving castle in the country, and one of only 12 mountain-top fortifications to have survived the post-feudal age. Consider a morning visit, when the castle seems to sit magically upon an ocean of clouds that stretch across the valley. You'll need to hike about 20 minutes from the end of the road to the top, or about an hour from the station, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring along plenty of water. Plan to visit Bitchu Matsuyama Castle during your Takahashi vacation using our convenient Takahashi tour planning tool.
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  • Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is considered the highest castle above sea level in Japan. This castle is one of the originals and well worth a visit. There is a parking lot before the castle. Unfortunately.....  more »
  • The hiking to the castle from the nearest parking lot takes around 20 min and can be quite steep. It's not the most exciting castle but it does offer nice views around the town.  more »
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  • Great hiking location! It is an advance level hiking destination for me. I was almost give up to reach the castle, as soon as I saw the roof top! The mountain slope is very steep !!
  • One of the smallest but the highest located castle in japan. Originally preserved from the 17th century. Accessible by bus but taxi is well worth the price but even then there's quite a hike up steep stairs until you reach the keep. View from the top is breath taking and the castle is very pretty. Be sure to say hi to Sanjurosan, the cat guardian!

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