Takahashi, a Town of Pure Water and Heart
Takahashi is often called “A Little Kyoto in the Bicchu Area.” The flat basin is surrounded by mountains and the Takahashi River slowly runs through the center of the city. Takahashi once flourished as a center of the Bicchu area and relics and the atmosphere from the olden times still remain here and there in the city. Bicchu Matsuyama Castle called the Castle in the Sky as it retains its castle keep at the highest location of all castles in Japan, Raikyu-ji Temple, samurai residences, and many other cultural assets display the beauty of the Edo period. Fukiya Furusato Village is designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings is another tourist highlight.
Sightseeing Highlights in Takahashi
Bicchu Matsuyama Castle
This castle, an Important Cultural Property of Japan, is the only castle in Japan which is located on the mountain and retains the castle keep. In autumn, a beautiful sea of clouds surrounds the area, giving rise to the name “the Castle in Sky.”
“Sanjuro” Bicchu Matsuyama Castle’s Cat Master
A few years ago, severe rainstorm hit the city and the city was devastated. People had the cat, Sanjuro, as the castle master and try to promote tourism. Sanjuro work well every day and entertain visitors at Bicchu Matsuyama Castle.
Ishibiya-cho Furusato Village
Important Annual Events in Takahashi
I Love Takahashi Fureai Marathon
A number of athletes will enjoy running through the historical castle town.
Hina Matsuri Festival in Bicchu Takahashi Castle Town
Hina Ningyo dolls (Doll Set for girl’s celebration) are displayed in the local households and people welcome visitors who come to see the dolls.
Firefly Festival in the Village of Kagura
This festival is held in the Shirochi district which is the birthplace of Bucchu Kagura court music. The faint lights of fireflies after dark creates a mysterious and beautiful world.
Nariwa Atago Firework Festival
Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Dance
Manga Ebuta Festival
“Ebuta” is one of the most famous summer festivals of Takahashi City. Large puppets of cartoon characters will be lit-up and parade around the city.
Fukiya Bengara Lantern Festival
I Love Takahashi Fureai Square
A variety of local specialties will be on sale.
A number of food stalls are set up along the shrine approach. Many people enjoy visiting the festival.
On the stage, local traditional performing arts along with a hero character show and other shows will be held. At the Kazaguruma Omoshiro Square, local specialties from the neighboring cities (Kochi, Kurashiki, Tottori) are sold.
Traditional Crafts of Takahashi
Hina Ningyo Doll
Traditional Japanese Doll Set for a girl’s celebration. Hina Ningyo dolls are decorated with beautiful woven textiles using gold yarns from Kyoto and are carefully made one by one by experienced craftsmen.
Bicchu Kagura Mask
Unique masks are cherished as an interior decoration. Made of paulownia wood.
Food & Specialties of Takahashi
Bicchu Uji Tea
Quality Japanese green tea has been produced in the Uji district in Takahashi for a long time. No food additives are used.
Takahashi Black Tea
The inside of this tomato is pink. High in sugar levels and lasts longer than other kinds of tomato.
Bicchu Yume Dainagon Red Bean
Red beans from Takahashi have a thinner skin, larger size, and more flavor. It is highly valued as the best choice for making tasty silky red bean paste for Japanese sweets.
Kagura Mask Monaka
The crispy rice cracker looks like a mask of Bucchu Kagura, a traditional performing art of Takahashi City. Inside is ample amounts of tasty sweet red bean jam cooked with quality white sugar which takes many hours to make.
- Bicchu Takahashi Station on JR Hakubi Line
- Takahashi City Tourism Association
- TEL：0866-21-0461 / FAX：0866-21-0462
- E-mail： firstname.lastname@example.org
- URL： http://www.takahasikanko.or.jp/