Chugoku/ Okayama Pref.

Takahashi 

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.”

Access Take a taxi from JR Bicchu Takahashi Station

Raikyu-ji Garden

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.

Access A 10-min. walk from JR Bicchu Takahashi Station

Ishibiya-cho Furusato Village

An earthen wall on both sides of the street surround massive samurai residences which are open to the public.

Access A 15-min. walk from JR Bicchu Takahashi Station

Merchant Museum

This particularly large traditional Japanese house on Honmachi Street belonged to the Ikegami Family. It is open as a free public rest place today.

Access A 20-min. walk from JR Bicchu Takahashi Station

Local History Museum

A former elementary school established in the Meiji period has been renovated as a local museum.

Access A 10-min. walk from JR Bicchu Takahashi Station

Important Annual Events in Takahashi

I Love Takahashi Fureai Marathon

Early February
In Takahashi City

A number of athletes will enjoy running through the historical castle town.

Hina Matsuri Festival in Bicchu Takahashi Castle Town

Early April
Honmachi Street

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

Early June
Shirochi Elementary School

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

Last Saturday of July
Nariwa River

A firework festival with 300 years of history since the Edo period. A number of original fireworks adorn the night sky.

Bicchu Takahashi Matsuyama Dance

August 14, 15, 16
Main Street in front of Bicchu Takahashi Station

The largest-scale summer festival with a 370-year-history in Takahashi City. People join Ji-odori and Yatosa-odori local traditional dances and the city will become very festive.

Manga Ebuta Festival

Early August
Around Kawakami Manga Ebuta Park

“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

Mid September
Fukiya Furusato Village

Traditional Japanese houses with beautiful wooden lattice walls will be illuminated with lantern lights.

I Love Takahashi Fureai Square

October
Around Konyagawa aesthetic zone

A variety of local specialties will be on sale.

Shimotsuki Festival

First Sunday of December
Ochiai-cho Chikanori, Inari Shrine

A number of food stalls are set up along the shrine approach. Many people enjoy visiting the festival.

Kazaguruma Festa

November
Ukan Tsuneyama Park

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

Yubeshi

A traditional sweet which has been loved by people in Bicchu Matsuyama since the Edo period. It was offered to the Emperors of Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods and loved by all.

Ayu Sweetfish

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.

Pione Grape

One of the specialty items of Takahashi City. Many farms grow Pione and they are very sweet and juicy.

Handmade Food

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.

Tomato

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.

Access
Bicchu Takahashi Station on JR Hakubi Line
Contact
Takahashi City Tourism Association
TEL:0866-21-0461 / FAX:0866-21-0462
E-mail: info@takahasikanko.or.jp
URL: http://www.takahasikanko.or.jp/

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