There usually is one major hotel in a rural city where parties for weddings, large groups or politicians take place and this is such a hotel. We had dinner in the restaurant on the ground floor and noticed a minister elected from this constituency was hosting a reception in a private dining room. We enjoyed a traditional Japanese course menu. The atmosphere of the restaurant was quiet and pleasant. Perhaps this was because we opted for an early start from six pm.
The room was modest but comfortable. The hotel is conveniently located close to the JR station and it is only a ten minutes' walk to visit Takahashi Church built in 1889, the second oldest existing Protestant church in Japan as well as the historic and picturesque area of the old Takahashi castle township along the river. This is certainly an excellent foothold that I would recommend to explore Takahashi as well as the famous mountain castle, Matsuyama Castle. If you are interested in Takahashi and Matsuyama Castle please refer to the article about my visit on my homepage "Rediscovering Japan" (Okayama)More