Takeda Castle is the tourism front runner in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is often compared to "Machu Picchu" of Peru. The ruins are surrounded by haze, thus, it resembles a castle floating in the sky. The stonewalled castle's construction began on 1431. For a little history, Lord Sozen Yamana ordered the castle's construction to protect Takeda region from the invasion of Hariba and Tanba regions. On year 1443, the castle was completed. It has been a witness to several battles, until it was abandoned on 1600's.
Stretch up your legs for a one-hour hike. It will be a long walk, but the magnificent view 350 meters above is surely worth the walk!
To get to the castle ruins, get off to JR Takeda Station and start walking from there! You may also take a cab or taxi to get to the top.
Visitors must climb up early to catch the sunrise and the clouds rolling in. Best to visit on Autumn season, particularly on November.
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