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Address: 1 Uchisange, Takahashi 716-0004, Okayama Prefecture
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Be prepared for a hike

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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117 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 observation deck to view the castle from across the hill in the early morning, you... More 

Thank fionayyy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
The Hague, The Netherlands
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117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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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796 reviews
512 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 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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277 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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59 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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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62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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275 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
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 

5 Thank Just-Julie-Cairns

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