In 1521, Oishi Sadashige moved his castle here from nearby Takatsuki Castle. The power of the Oishi waned and this area came under the control of the Hojo in 1559 when Oishi Sadahisa adopted Hojo Ujiyasu's son Ujiteru. Ujiteru greatly expanded and fortified the castle into the best mountaintop castle in the Kanto region. After turning back difficult attacks by both Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen, Ujiteru moved his castle to what is now called Hachioij Castle. This was a stronger location and better built castle.
This castle is just a short train ride from Shinjuku. If you are a castle fan in the Tokyo area, it is a must see. The pictures really don't do it justice. Even though there are no original buildings, the basic layout and structure of the castle is mostly intact. It's a fun place to explore with many moats and earthen embankments. You can pick up a map at the entrance or in the Nakanomaru bailey but only the 2 main roads are marked. Make it day trip and visit nearby Hachioji Castle too.
|English Name||Takiyama Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Next 100 Castles, Top 100 Mountaintop Castles, National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Hachioji Sta (Chuo Line), 15 min bus|
|Visitor Information||Park, open any time|
|Time Required||120 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 42' 5", 139° 19' 45"|
|Year Visited||2009, 2016, 2018|
|Visits||May 19, 2009|
|Added to Jcastle||2009|