Bitchu Takahashi

Bitchu-Takahashi

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Takahashi, often referred to as Bitchu-Takahashi after the surrounding region to distinguish it from other places with the same name, is a small city in the mountainous interior of Okayama Prefecture.

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Takahashi is best known for Matsuyama Castle, which sits high up on the mountain above town and is the only original mountaintop castle and the oldest surviving castle in Japan.

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At the base of the mountain lies Takahashi’s preserved old town, which is home to samurai residences and merchant houses that date back to the Edo Period.

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A few museums and temples are also scattered about Takahashi, including Raikyuji Temple whose Zen garden was designed by the local lord and famous garden designer Kobori Enshu.

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Takahashi Old Town

Takahashi developed at the base of Matsuyama Castle into a thriving castle town of samurai, merchants and craftsmen.

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Some of the historic streets close to the castle have been preserved, and a few samurai and merchant houses have been restored and opened to the public.

There are also temples and a few museums around town that display the local history and culture.

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Note that a convenient, discounted combination ticket is available that provides tourists with admission to the castle, Raikyuji Temple, the two samurai residences and the Takahashi Historical Museum at a discounted price of only: 900 yen.

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The sights around Takahashi’s old town are easily explored on foot and lie within a few minutes walk of each other and within a 10-15 minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station.

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One thought on “Bitchu Takahashi

  1. I really need to go back to Japan sometime and explore other places than Tokyo. Looks like a nice place. ^^

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