What we'll do
Bitchu Matsuyamajo Castle in Okayama is designated as Important Cultural Property, and it is often referred to as the “Castle in the Sky,” named so because the figure of the castle seems to float above a sea of clouds. The symbol of Bitchu Kokubunji Temple is the five-storied pagoda that stands in the middle of the rural landscape. The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area is also a must-visit destination. You can clear your mind and spend a luxurious time wandering through the townscape that has preserved its traditional atmosphere.
Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
Bitchu Matsuyamajo Castle
Built at an altitude of 430m, close to the summit of Mt. Gagyu, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is the highest mountain castle with a surviving Donjon Tower, and is now designated as an Important Cultural Property in Japan. From late September to early April, when the climate condition permits, you will get to see a sea of clouds around the castle. And, from the Castle’s Observation Deck, one can see the magical spectacle of the castle seeming to float in a sea of clouds.Show spot information
Bitchu Kokubunji Temple
he Bitchu Kokubunji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Okayama Prefecture. Bitchu in its name is the historical name for this area and Kokubunji is a category of Buddhist temples that were built in the Nara period (710-194) throughout Japan to protect the country from natural disasters and help in the administration of different regions. The buildings that can be seen today are later creations, and they were rebuilt in the Edo period (1600-1867). The Bitchu Kokubunji is famous for its five-storey pagoda (gojunoto) which makes for great photographs, especially when the flowers are blooming in the fields surrounding the temple. There is also a cycling route that leads past the temple.Show spot information
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area
The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area is a characterful neighborhood around Kurashiki River lined with historical buildings such as white-walled residences and storehouses built during the Edo and Meiji Eras. Strolling along the river, you will feel as if you've jumped into the middle of a Japanese historical-themed movie! Kurashiki once flourished a as a textile town, and even today there are fashionable general stores and shops handling textile and indigo-dye products, like jeans.Show spot information