Takato Castle

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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

Visit 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.


Castle Profile
English Name Takato Castle
Japanese Name 高遠城
Alternate Names Kabuto-jo
Founder Takeda Shingen
Year Founded 1547
Castle Type Hilltop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations Top 100 Castles, National Historic Site
Historical Period Edo Period
Features gates, turrets, bridges, trenches
Visitor Information
Access Ina City Sta. (Ida Line), 25 min bus, 15 min walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://inashi-kankoukyoukai.jp/takatoh
Location Ina, Nagano Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 50' 0", 138° 3' 44"
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Year Visited 2009
Visits April 11, 2009
Added to Jcastle 2009

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65 months ago
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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)

Anonymous user #1

81 months ago
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I like the picture and thinks for the info.


117 months ago
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Thanks for putting up another castle on your website. Enjoyed it a lot. The cherry blossoms photos are great.