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Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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The keep remaining on the mountain is designated as an important cultural asset, and is famous for being the only mountain castle with a keep. Along the approach to the castle is a huge rock wall more than 10 m tall, illustrating how impregnable the castle was. In addition, many visitors come to see the "castle in the sky" for its fantastic appearance as if it were floating in a sea of clouds.

Street address

1 Uchisange, Takahashi City, Okayama Prefecture

Access

Route1

  • Bitchu Matsuyama-jo Kanko Shared Taxi from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station to the 8th station (hachi-go me) of Fuigo Toge. There are 4 taxis daily. Make reservations by 17:00 the day before.

Route2

  • Around 90 minutes by foot from the train station

Opening Hours

[April-September] 09:00-17:30
[October-March] 09:00-16:30

Closed

December 29-January 3

Website

Best season

May, Jun., Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct., Nov.

Point

Go to the Bitchu Matsuyama Castle observatory for a sea of clouds tour. The sea of clouds occurs with high probability from autumn to early spring, especially early in the mornings from late October to early December. Sunrise is best viewed before 08:00.

May – Early summer vegetation
October, November – Sea of clouds
Early to mid-November – Autumn foliage
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