October 23rd, 2014

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Takeda castle ruins

This is just a short post to let you see some pictures of Takeda castle ruins [Hyogo prefecture in southern Kansai]. My friend Aya-san took them on a recent trip there. The castle was built in 1445. It fell to Hideyoshi towards the end of the 16th century, but was abandoned in 1600.

It is high up on a mountain top, and must have been very imposing.
Now that it is uninhabited, pines and sakura grow on the grounds. What it is famous for is the fact that occasionally, in autumn, clouds surround the castle and give it a rather surreal appearance.

Takeda ruins
So it is often called "the castle in the clouds".

Takeda ruins 2
Here you can see some of the walls [and the pines].

The castle is a longish walk from the railway station, but taxis are available. I regret never visiting it!