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Takahashi developed at the base of Matsuyama Castle into a thriving castle town of samurai, merchants and craftsmen. Some of the historic streets close to the castle have been preserved, and a few samurai and merchant houses have been restored and opened to the public. There are also temples and a few museums around town that display the local history and culture.

Note that a convenient, discounted combination ticket is available that provides tourists with admission to the castle, Raikyuji Temple and the two samurai residences for 1000 yen. For 1500 yen, a ticket is available that additionally covers the Takahashi Historical Museum and the Yamada Hokoku Museum.

Raikyuji Temple

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 400 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 20-30 minutes

Haibara Samurai Residence

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: December 29 to January 3
Admission: 500 yen (also includes entry to Orii Residence)
Typical Visit Duration: 10-20 minutes

Orii Samurai Residence

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: December 29 to January 3
Admission: 500 yen (also includes entry to Haibara Residence)
Typical Visit Duration: 10-20 minutes

Takahashi Folk Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: December 29 to January 3
Admission: 400 yen
Typical Visit Duration: 10-15 minutes

Bitchu Takahashi Station and City Library

Hours: 9:00 to 21:00
Closed: Always open
Admission: Free

Getting there and around

The sights around Takahashi's old town are easily explored on foot and lie within a few minutes walk of each other and within a 10-15 minute walk from Bitchu-Takahashi Station. The Youme Town Shuttle Bus (100 yen) and Takahashi City Loop Bus (160 yen) loop through the town about once per hour.

How to get to and around Takahashi