Takeda Castle – A Castle in The Sky
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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
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)
Website: Takeda Castle Ruins