famous for its iconic giant stone pinwheels

Ukan Tsuneyama Park

takahashi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Ukan Tsuneyama Park is famous for its seven iconic giant stone pinwheels. If you happened to think that the wind can’t turn stone, then you are in for a surprise. On a fairly gusty day, the pinwheels turn at a rapid pace, defying all intuition.

The entire configuration is reminiscent of Stonehenge as you can’t help but think that these monoliths were put there for some esoteric reason. There is a marvelous view of the entire valley from any point in the park and there is plenty of room to move around on the neatly cut grass.

There is a lot more to discover in the park. For castle lovers, there is a marvelous tower reconstruction and a nearby castle ruin. Get a sense of feudal living and set foot on the site of Tsuneyama Castle. The castle keep is actually a museum and observation platform. The displays inside include fossils from the area that date back millions of years and information on the creatures that would have inhabited the region during that time.

Regular seasonal events are held at the park throughout the year, including festivals and stage performances. If you happen to be in the area on Valentine’s Day, head over to the park for the nighttime candle light-up event. Around 500 candles are lit and placed in heart-shaped patterns around the grounds.

At the end of your visit, stop by the onsite market, where you can find local agricultural goods, snacks, unique craft products and even enjoy a meal as well.

Start your visit to Ukan Town by experiencing the fresh air and pristine natural environment of Ukan Tsuneyama Park.


About the Area

Takahashi City is a place that requires several days to even scratch the the surface of the diversity of its culture, landscape and people. As the city center is easily accessible by train that is the best place to start.

Right next to the station is the Takahashi City Library, which was conceived as a gathering place for the 21st century by town planners. An overwhelming success, the space draws locals and visitors from across a great distance.

Central Takahashi is also the home of the historic district, which includes the former residences of the samurai who served the lord of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle.

The castle occupies the highest elevation of any in Japan and is a challenging hike from the bottom of its access road. Actually reaching the castle gate requires a relatively steep climb up steps that have been set into the mountainside.

There are many options when its comes to getting outside the city but if you have limited time Fukiya Furusato Village and Nariwa are good choices. Fukiya is a historic bengara (iron oxide) mining town where the reddish-brown pigment takes on many forms. Nariwa is location of the Tadao Ando designed Nariwa Museum of Art.


Access: Take the JR Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Takahashi Station. Take the Ukan Interchange bound bus to the Doi bus stop. It is about an 11-minute walk from the Doi bus stop to Ukan Tsuneyama Park.

Cancellation Policy

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