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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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Little treasure still under mainstream radar

Got into Bitchu Takahashi after lunchtime and went to the tourist information centre which was in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Getting here is half the fun

This small castle requires some effort to reach. It’s worth it and makes a good day trip from... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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1 Uchisange, Takahashi 716-0004, Okayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got into Bitchu Takahashi after lunchtime and went to the tourist information centre which was in Tsutaya bookstore / city library building adjoining JR station to get more information. Apparently you can get a scheduled shared taxi for ¥500 per person if you book at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Yuan_MY
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This small castle requires some effort to reach. It’s worth it and makes a good day trip from Okayama. The walk up through the forested hillside is pleasant and away from the bustle of the cities. The pathway is narrow and does have some loose...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank hfot2
Reviewed November 15, 2018

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 bird songs. It is a middle size, or even...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sinjoorAntwerp
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

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 of the castle. Very very glad we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 380lachieg
Reviewed October 12, 2018

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 Matsuyama Casle was build in 1684 which is very typical...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank patarri
Reviewed January 21, 2018

A bit of a hike up the hill but well worth the effort. Took a taxi from Takahashi Station. Costs about 1000-1300 yen each way.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank JoshuaS1255
Reviewed January 9, 2018

We climbed up the castle in December 2017 and found that the scenery was not that breathtaking as advertised and the chance of seeing the castle in clouds as promoted by the local tourist office is not that high. However, a leisure walk up the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank kingmak
Reviewed October 13, 2017

Matsuyama Castle is the only surviving castle on a hilltop with an existing keep. After the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate, most castles were abandoned and demolished. I understand that the reason Matsuyama Castle escaped this fate was because it is located an hour’s walk...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed July 7, 2017

I am glad we made the effort to get to this castle. It was a hike but for only 700 m. The path is wide and quite rough, not too slippery. There is a water fountain, tap and toilet just below the castle. The fresh...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lally S
Reviewed June 29, 2017

This was one of those rare occasion where I ran into extremely rude people in Japan. The taxi people were insanely rude and wouldn't give us a ride. Since while we continued to ask them how long as they were giving other people rides, we...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Stanley H
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Response from sinjoorAntwerp | Reviewed this property |
hello, My sister and ?I simply walked up the whole way : there is a pleasant path through the woods, took us less than one hour, very nice walk. Follow the street of the samurai house, take a right and look out for one of... More