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, which still retains its castle keep at the highest location of all castles in Japan, Raikyu-ji Temple, samurai residences, a Merchant Museum and many other cultural assets display the beauty of the Edo period along with Fukiya Furusato Village, designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings.
Sightseeing Highlights in Takahashi
Bicchu Matsuyama Castle
This castle, an Important Cultural Property of Japan, is located on a mountain and thus its keep is located at the highest altitude of all castles in Japan. In autumn, a beautiful sea of clouds surrounds the area, giving rise to the name “the castle in heaven.”
This superb garden was designed by Enshu Kobori in his early stage as a gardener and is a national scenic beauty spot. Azalea bushes create such a beautiful view.
Ishibiya-cho Furusato Village
An earthen wall on both sides of the street surround massive samurai residences which are open to the public.
This particularly large traditional Japanese house on Honmachi Street belonged to the Ikegami Family. It is open as a free public rest place today.
Local History Museum
A former elementary school established in the Meiji period has been renovated as a local museum.
Important Annual Events in Takahashi
I Love Takahashi Fureai Marathon
Hina Matsuri Festival in Bicchu Takahashi Castle Town
Firefly Festival in the Village of Kagura
Nariwa Atago Firework Festival
Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Dance
Manga Ebuta Festival
Fukiya Bengara Lantern Festival
I Love Takahashi Fureai Square
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
There is a karst field spread around the upper stream of the Takahashi River, thus, the water of the river contains a lot of calcium. This is a secret of the sweet fish ayu’s good taste!
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.
Groups of local women use local agricultural crops and cook delicious dishes without food additives or coloring.
Takahashi Black Tea
Tea leaves harvested in Takahashi City are carefully fermented and become a tasty black tea with a good aroma and slight natural sweetness.
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 Indian Tomato Fried Noodle
In the late 70s to early 80s, Indian Fried Noodles (fried noodles flavored with curry) was a popular school lunch in Takahashi City. Tomato is added as another flavor and a new local soul food was born as the Indian Tomato Fried Noodle.
- Bicchu Takahashi Station on JR Hakubi Line
- Takahashi City Tourism Association
- TEL：0866-21-0461 / FAX：0866-21-0462
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