Takeda Castle ruins, said to have been built in mid-1400, are situated on top of a mountain. The castle's remains are designated as one of Japan's 100 Best Castles. Unfortunately, today only the vast stone walls remain. Kojozan, the mountain on which the castle ruins remain, is not a tall mountain being only 353.7 meters in height. However, in early mornings of a fine day from late autumn to early winter, fog shrouds the mountain like a sea of clouds. The castle is known as the "Castle in the Sky" or the "Machu Picchu of Japan."
View of the Sea of Clouds from Takeda Castle
A mysterious sea of clouds can be seen from Takeda Castle. The best time to visit the castle is from dawn to 8:00 am from late September through early December. Whether or not you see the spectacular view will all depend upon the weather conditions, so check out the weather and witness the magnificent phenomenon.
Viewing Takede Castle form a Neighboring Peak
The view from the Ritsuun-kyo on Asago-yama (mountain), situated southeast of Takeda Castle, is also breathtaking. From there, the castle looks like a ship floating on a sea of clouds. Although it is not a high elevation mountain, the early morning view of the castle is spectacular and well worth your time.
Takeda Castle Town
The historic castle town at the foot of Kojozan is one of the highlights as well as part of the castle ruins. Like Takeda Castle, old stone walls remain throughout the town. You will witness the long history and culture of the castle and the shrine that were built by the warlords of yesteryears. This area is designated as an important preservation district for groups of historic buildings.
Yamashiro-no-Sato is the closest rest area in the vicinity of Takeda Castle. Restaurants and specialty stores line the street, and there is also a Takeda Castle resource center. They have stamps that are acknowledged by the Japan Castle Foundation to commemorate your trip to Takeda Castle.
A long-established sake (Japanese rice wine) brewery was renovated to from into this hotel. The hotel is located next to Takeda Castle resource center, Tenku-no-Shiro, and has a restaurant and a cafe. An actual size recreation of the Takeda Castle stone wall called "Sanki-zumi Diorama," a model of the castle and graphic panels that introduce the history of the castle, is displayed here.