It’s what you’ve all been waiting for… another installment in our popular Hiking in Hyogo series!
This time, our destination is Takeda Castle, an absolutely stunning castle ruin located on the top of a mountain in central Hyogo.
Takeda Castle has become a popular destination for nature photographers, castle junkies, and even couples planning unique weddings in recent years.
There are two ways to enjoy Takeda Castle – you can go up the opposing mountain range and view the castle from afar, or you can hike right up to the castle and stand among the ruins yourself. This time, I’ll show you how to hike up to the castle ruins.
After you exit Takeda Station, you’ll need to turn around and go back under the tracks to reach the other side.
There are plentiful signposts to show you the way. If you need extra help, you can get a map at the information center by the train station. (They’ll even loan you a walking stick!)
You should find yourself at this path entrance.
The hike itself is approximately 800 meters. I consider myself fairly healthy, though far from an experienced hiker, and I found the route somewhat strenuous. It only took me about half an hour to reach the peak, though, and it was all worth it to reach this castle entrance:
Walk the winding path…
And reach the top of the tower:
You’ll be rewarded with this view:
You also get panoramic views of the valley below:
Hey! I was just standing there!
The ruins are quite spacious, so you can do a bit of exploring.
Takeda is a beautiful hike at any time of year (I’ve climbed it in midwinter), but it’s most atmospheric on spring and autumn mornings, when the castle summit peaks out of a sea of mist into the warm sunlight. It’s also popular during cherry blossom season.
Address: Takeda, Wadayama-cho, Asago-shi, Hyogo 669-5252
Telephone: 079-674-2120 (Wadayama Tourism Center)
Website: http://www.city.asago.hyogo.jp/0000001275.html (Japanese)
How To Get There
From Sannomiya: take the Limited Express Hamakaze to Teramae Station (75 minutes). Then, transfer to the Bantan Line and disembark at Takeda Station (39 minutes).
If you need refreshment before embarking on your climb, there are several cafes and restaurants around the station. Also, definitely pay a visit to the helpful staff at the information center.