Samurai Military Practice in Takamatsu City

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Photo source | Takamatsu City Tourist Office
Takamatsu City
January, March & Decemeber

The Samurai Military Practice Festival at Takamatsu Castle (Takamatsu-jo Teppo Tai Enbu) is an event that is held several times a year. Performers dressed in the regalia of infantry soldiers from the Edo era fire matchlock rifles repeatedly from both standing and sitting positions. In popular culture, rifles are generally not associated with the ancient Japanese military or martial arts. However, the reality is that they have been used in conflicts since the 15th century. The demonstration features authentic matchlock rifles which are expertly fired simultaneously and in consecutive order (without projectiles). The firing mechanism is what differentiates this firearm from weapons that came before it and those that followed.

While previous rifles required a separate match to be lit in order to be fired, the matchlock consists of a piece of pure cotton cord that is attached to a lever on the firearm. This allows the shooter time to get into position to aim and fire. On viewing the performance, it might not seem like much time is being saved in the process but it was actually a revolutionary improvement hundreds of years ago. There are still a few steps required before the rifle can be fired, which adds an allure to the experience that you don’t get from modern ones with rapid action triggers.

After watching the performance, take the time to enjoy Tamamo Park, which makes up the greater grounds of Takamatsu Castle. There are a number of beautiful structures throughout, with the castle tower as the centerpiece. The Samurai Military Practice Festival at Takamatsu Castle (Takamatsu-jo Teppo Tai Enbu) is an event that features matchlock rifle firing demonstrations.

About the Area

Takamatsu City is the commercial center of Shikoku and has a urban feel that is befitting to the title. Its lovely boulevards and well-developed port area create an ambiance that is truly cosmopolitan.

Must-see spots for visitors include, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu Castle, the central shopping arcade and the port area art installations.

Yakuri Station is the entry point to the Yashima district of Takamatsu City, which is well-known for its temple near the summit of the unique and iconic table top-shaped Mt. Yashima. The vista from the mountain is highly-prized and well worth the effort to get there. However, to best appreciate its entire shape, the view from Sunport Takamatsu Symbol Tower is recommended.

Yashima is notable for its eateries, many of which serve the renowned local specialty, udon noodles.


Access: Take the Marine Liner from JR Okayama Station to JR Takamatsu Station. It is about a 3-minute walk to the festival at Takamatsu Castle.

Cancellation Policy

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