Takato Castle 高遠城
Founder Takeda Shingen
Year 1547
Type Hilltop
Condition Other Buildings
Alternate Name Kabuto-jo
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Historical Site National Historic Site
Historical Value Top 100 Castles
Location Ina, Nagano Pref.
Map Google Map
Access Ina City Sta. (Ida Line), 25 min bus, 15 min walk
Website Takato Castle Cherry Blossom Festival
Visited April 11, 2009
Notes I visited Takato when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. These are some of the best cherry blossoms I've ever seen. I highly recommend going if you have the chance. It's just difficult to take pictures without too many people. The castle itself has retained much of it's original shape with several baileys and well preserved moats. Don't miss the Shintokukan school building just outside the castle.
History It's not known when the original Takato Castle was actually built, but there was originally a fortification here controlled by the Takato clan for the Suwa. When Takeda Shingen attacked the Takato clan in 1545, he took over the castle and rebuilt it into a typical modern castle for the period. The castle was later taken over by Oda Nobunaga who fortified it with large dry moats around each of the kuruwa you see today.

From the fall of the Shingen until the early Edo Period when the Naito became lords of the castle there was a succession of several castle lords. The Naito family ruled until the Meiji Restoration when the castle was decommissioned. The cherry blossoms you see at the park were planted in the Meiji Period

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  • mayarokkou    July 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM
    Beautiful and popular as a place for the cherry blossoms but from the castle point of view, you might get interested more in the Kasuga castle near Takato, located on a hill along the Kiso river. Although no buldings remained, the landscape is superb! You can see South Alps mountaiins and Ina city, and also you can enjoy cherry blossoms on the season. (sorry for my poor English)
  • Georgia Streepy    March 27, 2012 at 01:59 AM
    I like the picture and thinks for the info.
  • Raymond    May 02, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    Thanks for putting up another castle on your website. Enjoyed it a lot. The cherry blossoms photos are great.
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Ina, Nagano Pref.
Takato Castle views
taiko yagura Toyamon gate
Otemon Gate Ounkyo Bridge
Ounkyo bridge and honmaru moat Hakuto bridge and moat

honmaru moat NInomaru moat
Ninomaru moat Shintokukan
shintokukan entrance Shintokukan school