A superb contact hitter, he is also known for his exemplary defensive play. He won the Golden Glove award in six consecutive years between 1998 and 2003. Despite his brilliant records, Takahashi has injured himself numerous times over the years going after fly balls. The injuries primarily resulted from his play style, in which he does not give up on fly balls until they hit the ground. His first injury was on September 14, 1999 at a Chunichi Dragons game, where he jumped diagonally against the outfield fence, causing a fractured shoulder bone.
He was selected to be part of the Japanese Olympic baseball team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, and contributed to the team's bronze medal.