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Address: 1 Uchisange, Takahashi 716-0004, Okayama Prefecture
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09:00 - 17:30
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Nice old castle on the mountain

There is a sunken hearth in tenshu (keep of tower) which is rare for Japanese medieval castle. Notable as the castle with the highest elevation above sea level in Japan at 430... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a sunken hearth in tenshu (keep of tower) which is rare for Japanese medieval castle. Notable as the castle with the highest elevation above sea level in Japan at 430 meters.

Thank Ravieratempo
The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We rent a car to be able to see more sights during our trip. The castle was easy to find when you look up the mapcode and parking was no problem. Long climb up, but it was worthwhile. This is an original castle, so one has to take his/her shoes and slippers are provided. Castles usually come in black or... More 

Thank Stephan1954
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

From the car park, it is a long trek up the mountain to the castle. Wear good shoes. It was raining when we went, so the climb was not all that pleasant. In between showers we got to see some good views down the valley of rice paddies and forested hills. The castle itself is quite imposing - sitting on... More 

Thank AntarcticBound
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is one of the best mountain-castle in Japan.Different from castles in Osaka,Nagoya,Himeji this castle is much more like a fortress. On holidays there are shuttle bus from "Shiromibashi park" and it costs 300 yen,and weekdays you have catch a shared taxi or enjoy trekking.Since this castle is situated on a highest elevation in Japan,you have to walk up at... More 

1 Thank GAIDA2014
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Due to the great different in temperature after dawn, there is a high chance to see the castle floating on cloud between late October to next March, don't miss it!

3 Thank LloydCMC
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

After being there, the views and the castle itself is magic. It is quite disapointing at the inside, since there is not much to see and quite overpriced, but from the outside, and the location is great!

1 Thank Thecatalanboss
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

Having read a couple of the previous reviews of this restored castle, l agree that it is a decent hike up the hill and would take the advice of Just-Julie about organising a taxi to get to the "first gate". If you are very unfit this is probably not for you. I'm 62 and of average fitness and made the... More 

4 Thank flathead53
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

I am unsure where previous reviewers got their information from but this is not a pre-WWII reconstruction and I think that this review has been done on the incorrect Castle. Anyhow Matsuyama Castle stands on a steep mountain north of Takahashi's town centre. It is the oldest surviving castle in Japan and the only mountaintop castle among the twelve original... More 

4 Thank Just-Julie-Cairns
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

No, it's not a reconstruction. It was restored, true, but it's one of the twelve original Japanese castles in all its glory, also called Takahashi Castle. Built in late 17th century, it's the highest altitude castle in Japan. It can be easily seen from town streets. A cab costs Y1,250 and takes you to a parking lot, 700 meters from... More 

1 Thank Ron S
La Mesa, CA.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

This is a pre-WWII reconstruction of a small mountain top castle a few miles tram Takahashi City. Before the consolidation of Japan under the Tokugawa shoguns Japanese castles tended to be very small, located on almost totally inaccessible but very defensible mountain peaks. The residences were located in the flat lands adjacent to the ridges with the military installations at... More 

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