Takada Castle

JNTO

Jan 19, 2018

If castles fascinate you, then Takada Castle (Takada-jo) in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, is well worth its 300 yen admission fee.

Built by Matsudaira Tadateru, the sixth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1614, its construction required the diversion of three rivers, but it was completed in less than four months. It has no stone wall or donjon (main tower) and is protected only by parapets and the turret on the south-western side of its grounds.

The castle’s facade is much changed due to earthquakes and fire over the years, and the current three-tiered turret was reconstructed in 1993 from old photos and data from archaeological finds.

Highlights of the castle include exhibits of old documents and excavated items and the lotus flowers at its outer moat during summer. The castle is just a 20-minute walk from JR Takada Station. It is closed on Monday, the next day of a public holiday, and from 29 December to 3 January. It opens from 9am to 5pm, and stays open till 9pm on Sakura Watching Day.

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