Walking tour to Bitchu Matsuyamajo Castle located on the top of the mountain( 430 meters above sea level)

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5,000 JPY ~ / person
About 7 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

This is the recommended tour if you have a full day to spend in Takahashi and Kurashiki in Okayama pref. Your guide will help you navigate the area to go up to the Castle of Bicchu Matsuyama on the top of the mountain including a round trip of almost two hours between the nearest bus stop to the Castle and go to a historical quarter Kurashiki.

Meeting Place

If you have a plan to use the Shinkansen bullet train, please get off at the Okayama JR station then transfer to a local train to the Kurashiki station. The guide will meet you at the ticket gate with a banner written your name on.


Price per person
5,000 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

The tour fee does not include transport expenses, admission fees and meals/drinks. The starting time of the tour and the itinerary can be customized. The guide is booked for up to 8 hours. This tour includes an excursion on foot so that please kindoly prepare comfortable shoes and clothes.


  1. 1
    Field trip to Bitchu Matsuyamajo Castle

    After arriving to Bitchu Takahashi JR station, you head for Bitchu Matsuyamajo castle. Bitchu Matsuyamajo Castle is located on Mt. Garyu at 430 meters above sea level in Takahashi city about 50 kilos north west of Okayama city, making it the highest mountain castle in Japan.
    The ruins of the castle, the donjon, the turrets and a section of the surrounding mud wall have been designated as important cultural properties. Mt. Garyu is designated as a national forest so you can enjoy landscape on the way to the Castle

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    Strolling around Kurashiki historical quarter

    When you come to Kurashiki Bikan Historical quarter, you might feel like you go back 400 years.
    You may be astonished by the townscape lined with white-walled traditional houses along the banks of the Kurashiki River. This area is awarded 2 stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan



After retiring from being a high school teacher, I began to work as a tour guide. I have showed guests around many places, especially in western Japan, such as Okayama, Hiroshima, and so on. I have often received good feedback from them after the tours. I believe it is important for not only the guests, but also the guide to enjoy the tours. I hope you book me as your tour guide.

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