[From September Issue 2014]
This ruined castle sits at the summit of a mountain 353.7 meters above sea level. A stone wall made at the end of the 16th century runs north to south for 400 meters and east to west for 100 meters. On fine days from autumn to winter a morning mist makes it look as if the castle is floating in the clouds. It is also known as the “The Heavenly Castle” and “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” Because the road that leads to the castle site is steep and the site of castle is not paved, visitors are advised to go wearing sports shoes. The site is often used as a film location.
Transportation: 20 minutes on the Tenku bus from JR Takeda Station to Chufuku Chushajyo (parking lot halfway up the mountain). Approximately 20-minute walk from the parking lot.
Address: 169 Takeda-aza Kojozan, Wadayama-cho, Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture
Admission: Adults (high school age and over) 300 yen, free for children of junior high school age and younger
Admission dates and times:
March 20 – September 20 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 21 – December 10 / 3:00 am – 4:00 pm