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Koyagawa Bikan Chiku
Koya river, connected to Takahashi river, used to be the outside moat of Bitchu Matsuyama castle. This area is designated as Bikan Chiku, an area that has a beautiful landscape and has a duty of preserving the scenic beauty, and also among the “Top 100 Japanese Roads.” There are cherry blossom trees and willow trees on the river side which extend to the the city where there are elegant views including the oldest church in the prefecture “Takahashi Christian Church.” You can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere on the street with retro houses across the Koya river.
- Kajimachi, Takahashi-shi, Okayama
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Bitchu Takahashi Station on JR Hakubi Line
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
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Retro landscape with Japanese old town houses
Many of the buildings and machiya, Japanese old town houses, unique to a castle town still remain in this Bikan Chiku area. You may imagine the former castle town from the quiet and tranquil atmosphere of the machiya.
The oldest church in Okayama prefecture: Takahashi Christian Church
Takahashi Christian Church built in 1889 is the oldest remaining church in Okayama prefecture. This church is very valuable not only because you can learn the history of missionary work but also the wooden Western architecture in late 1800s.
Cherry blossoms site loved by citizens
Koyagawa Bikan Chiku is known as a cherry blossoms site. In spring, you can see fully-blossomed cherry trees lined up along the river. The view along with the clean stream is very elegant. Let’s feel the breath of spring at this fine cherry blossom site loved by citizens.