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Japanese Secret Place “Takeda Castle” Floating in The Sea of Clouds

Located in Hyogo prefecture next to Osaka, Takeda Castle Ruins come straight out of a fantasy book. Takeda Castle Ruins on a mountain and when the clouds move in it looks as if it is floating in a sea of clouds.

Takeda Castle – A Castle in The Sky

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Japan is dotted with castles that are of great historic importance and visually stunning. Standing above the numerous Japanese castles both literally and figuratively is Takeda Castle. Although calling it a castle seems a bit dishonest, a castle definitely stood there, but the remains are all that is left.

Takeda Castle

Built in 1441 Takeda Castle served as the stronghold for numerous retainers and feudal lords. It was in use for over 100 years but was later abandoned sometime in the late 1500s. It is often called the Machu Pichu of Japan and for good reason. It is built 384 meters above sea level and is sometimes surrounded by a sea of clouds.

 

Takeda Castle Ruins – The Sea of Clouds

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Gaining popularity in recent years, Takeda Castle was often overshadowed by Himeji Castle. Although the views are always stunning there is a best season to visit. Autumn is your best chance to sea the famous sea of clouds, September – November. However the best season brings with it crowds and while there are public roads and hiking trails there are times when the shuttle bus is the only way to access it. The best times to visit are from dawn till 8 am. Weather conditions also play an important role in catching the sea of clouds. Ideal conditions are high humidity with a big temperature gap from morning to the afternoon (cool in the morning to hot in the afternoon).

Takeda Castle

Even if you don’t get a chance to come during the best season, the castle is open year round and still offers stunning views! Even though none of the buildings remain there are markers indicating where the main tower once stood and many of he stone portions like the foundation and some of the walls remain.

The scale of it coupled with its location truly gives you an appreciation of the effort taken to build it. Walking around you will enjoy almost a 360 degree view and countless photo opportunities.

Takeda Castle

This is one of those must see places while in Japan. While the city and lights of Osaka and Tokyo are great, this place will certainly be a highlight of your trip. So please visit Japan’s castle in the sky and learn a bit more about Japan’s rich history.

 

Bus Tour from Kobe/Osaka to Takeda Castle Ruins

#1. Osaka course

This bus departs Shin-Osaka Station in the morning and arrives in the early afternoon. Included is round trip bus fare, local lunch box, all day Tenku bus pass and admission fee.

Osaka to Takeda Castle Ruins Course

Fare: 6,980 JPY (adults), 3,800 JPY (children)

Departure Time: 8:10 AM

Arrival Time: 6:06 PM

Phone: 079-662-2131

Website: Zentan Bus (Japanese)

 

#2. Kobe course

This one departs Sannomiya bus terminal in the morning and arrives in the early afternoon. Included is round trip bus fare, local lunch box, all day Tenku bus pass and admission fee.

Kobe to Takeda Castle Ruins Course

Fare: 6,400 JPY (adults), 3,800 JPY (children)

Departure Time: 8:30 AM

Arrival Time: 5:42 PM

Phone: 079-662-2131

Website: Zentan Bus (Japanese)

 

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Takeda Castle Ruins

Address: Wadayama-cho, Asago, Hyogo prefecture

Access: 10 min taxi ride from Takeda station (JR Bantan Line)

Price: 500 JPY (adults), Free (children)

Phone: 079-674-2120

Website: Takeda Castle Ruins

 

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