it’s supposed to look like this. and it’s often labelled as Japan’s Machu Picchu.

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(picture from Google)

but for this view, you’ll need to get there by 5am (or come here in Autumn, Sept-Nov where the clouds will be surrounding the castle till.. later.). but it’s super dreadful for me to pull an all nighters so I decided to just go in the day.

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there are two ways to get there: by train, or by car. and I went with the latter option but trust me the train will do better because it is much more punctual. the trip back to Osaka from Hyogo was 5 hours despite it being only 100km away. the jam was crazy.

one thing nice about driving there is that there are a lot to see. I’ve never actually been to a VERY COUNTRY place in Japan and coming to this place, I came to notice that there are actually many traditional houses in Japan. a lot of paddy field too! I guess the only concrete jungle is Tokyo and Osaka but other than that, Japan’s pretty much all nature!

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I mean, look at my view! coming up here was excruciating for me as I lack of.. stamina. oh well. the entrance fees was 300yen. pretty cheap compared to the entrance fees to castles/shrines/temples in Kyoto which costs around 500-600yen.

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the view was breath taking; just like in the movies. and there were actually much more Japanese people here than tourists. I guess many people didn’t know about this place or they just find it too troublesome to come to a place like Hyogo just for this.

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tourist shot.

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if you come in the morning, everything will be just clouds as it’s like a castle in the sky. but in the day, there’s this breath taking view. upon looking at the view, you’ll feel that the hike up is worthy.

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when I was there, they were actually constructing the place so I am pretty sure it’ll look even better if you go now. I’m writing my post over half a year late hahahha.

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still, I was in love with every view I had a tourist shot in almost every angle =P.

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everywhere you look, you’ll see a pretty view! and a lot of people. ._.

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Takedajo was actually constructed in the 15th century and despite its name, there isn’t a castle here anymore as it was conquered and all that’s left was this ruins.

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you can see people flocking every corner of the castle ._. I didn’t even come here during the peak season =S. heard this castle is very popular amongst the Japanese people.

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tourist shot.

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the are was pretty huge and it takes a good 30minutes to 1 hour to fully explore the place. it was so pretty I didn’t want to leave.

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the ruins were so square and uniform. proves how systematic the Japanese people were I guess?

but one of my advice is to.. not come here mid-day. it was so hot I thought I was going to get sunburn.

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although the view again, was breath taking. I guess it looks amazing no matter what time you’re there. as long as it ain’t night time.

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one of the things you can do when you’re high up in the sky. SKY SHOTS!!! pfft ugly shot but this was the only one I had T_T.

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last tourist shot!!! also, avoid carrying a large and heavy handbag hahahhaha.

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semi sky shot to end my post. =3.

if you’re visiting Hyogo, this castle should definitely be in your list!

here’s a video of the place! not taken by me unfortunately haha

4 thoughts on “[Hyogo] The castle in the sky– Takedajo

  1. Wilson Ng says:

    Seriously, this place is so cool. I want to go one day.

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    Jamie Liew Reply:

    GO!!! hehehe. keep fit.

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  2. Fiona says:

    hey jamie.. how many minutes or hours is the hike up?

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    Jamie Liew Reply:

    around 30minutes if I am not wrong. not that long but it’s pretty steep so it’s really tiring!

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