Takeda Castle Ruins – Takeda Jōseki [竹田城跡]
Takeda Castle, nowadays only the ruins of a mountain castle in Asago City [朝来市], Hyōgo prefecture [兵庫県], has been recently attracting masses of visitors. This site is known also as Torafusu Jō [虎臥城 / lying tiger castle].
**The Takeda Castle is open 24 hours. Free Parking + Free Entry
History of the Takeda Castle
Takeda Castle was constructed in 1431 by Mochitoyo Yamana [山名持豊], the governor of the area.
Mitsukage Otagaki [太田垣光景] had been military commander for Yamana and Otagaki clan became the holder of the castle for over 7 generations.
In 1577 Takeda Castle was conquered by Hideyoshi Toyotomi [豊臣秀吉] and he placed his younger brother Hidenaga [秀長] as the lord of the castle. In 1585 the lord of the castle Hirohide Akamatsu [赤松広秀] extended the castle walls as per current remains. In 1600 Hirohide fought with the western forces at the battle of Sekigahara [関ヶ原の戦い] and sooner veered round for eastern forces as the western forces were being defeated. He joined the attack on the Tottori Castle [鳥取城], but was accused of arson on the castle town. Later on he was ordered to commit seppuku [切腹] (ritual suicide) by Ieyasu Tokugawa [徳川家康] and the Takeda Caslte was abandoned.
Nowadays only the walls and foundations remain.
Japan’s Machu Picchu
Takeda Castle is often called Japan’s Machu Picchu or the Castle in the Sky [Tenku no Shiro / 天空の城].
That is because the site is located 353.7 meters above the sea level, on the top of the mountain and appears in certain time above the clouds [Unkai / 雲海]. The spectacular view can be seen in the early morning from dawn to around 8 am in autumn.
Best Conditions for the “sea of clouds” Unkai
・Sharp temperature difference between day and night
Films shot at the Takeda Castle
Kagemusha [影武者] (1980) – Director: Akira Kurosawa [黒澤明]
Heaven and Earth [Ten to Chi / 天と地] (1990) – Director: Haruki Kadokawa [角川春樹]
To You [Anata E / あなたへ] (2012) – Director: Yasuo Furuhata [降旗康男]
Access – How to get to Takeda Castle Ruins
2 hours 30 mins from Kyoto JR station
Take the Sanin Main Line [山陰本線 ] to Wadayama Station[和田山駅]
Change to the Banban Line [播但線] to Takeda Station [竹田駅]
Get a taxi from Wadayama Station to the site
* 1 train every hour from Takeda Station
* 30 minutes hike to the site