Takatenjin Castle Ruins | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Kakegawa Station 

[Takatenjin Castle Ruins]

An impenetrable castle surrounded by cliffs on three sides

Takatenjin Castle was a place of strategic importance of which it was said, "He who conquers Takatenjin can conquer all of Enshu". It was at this mountain castle that Shingen and Katsuyori Takeda fought a serious battle against Ieyasu Tokugawa at the end of the Sengoku period. The castle was said to be impenetrable, however, it was finally seized by Lord Ieyasu through his starvation tactics. The castle was later abandoned. At the top of the mountain stands Takaten-jinja Shrine, a site of religious importance locally, along with historic sites like the honmaru ruins, mount ruins, and sannomaru ruins. On a fine day, visitors can enjoy views of Mt. Fuji from the honmaru ruins, and the Enshunada Sea from Babadaira etc.
Address Kamihijikata Minemukai 3136, Kakegawa City, Shizuoka
Phone Kakegawa Nambu Tourism Information Center
+81-537-48-0190(Holidays: Wednesdays and Thursdays) (Japanese only)
Access Take the Shizutetsu Justline bound for Hamaoka Eigyosho from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 25 minutes, alight at "Hijikata" and walk for approx. 21 minutes.
URL Kakegawa Tourist Information

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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