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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

1 Uchisange, Takahashi 716-0004, Okayama Prefecture
+81 866-22-1487
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Steep hike but worth it, plenty of elderly Japanese make it up ok.

I am glad we made the effort to get to this castle. It was a hike but for only 700 m. The path is... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Lally S
Newcastle, Australia
A serious hike for the Taiga dorama Sanada Castle

This was one of those rare occasion where I ran into extremely rude people in Japan. The taxi... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Victoria, Canada
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1 Uchisange, Takahashi 716-0004, Okayama Prefecture
+81 866-22-1487
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Reviewed 7 July 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

Thank Lally S
Reviewed 29 June 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

Thank Voodew
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It's a 20 min upward climb to the castle from the shuttle bus station (wear sneakers). The path can be muddy and slippery when wet. The scenery is very nice up the hill and the remaining buildings are all originals. Worthwhile to go to the...More

Thank fionayyy
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Great hike and the castle is cool. It was nice to go in and not many tourists at all. I would go just for the hike and to do something outside of the tourist traps.

Thank Ethan L
Reviewed 17 February 2017 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
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...More

Thank Stephan1954
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...More

Thank AntarcticBound
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...More

1  Thank GAIDA2014
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
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
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