Japanese Machu Picchu: Takeda Castle

Machi Picchu-like view: Takeda Castle Ruins

Good (early) morning. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Why early? It’s because we are going to Machu Picchu…..in Japan. Takeda Castle!

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Machu Picchu in Peru (photo from Wikipedia)

About Takeda Castle

Since Takeda Castle has been introduced on TV as Japanese Machu Picchu, it’s become one of the popular sightseeing places in Hyogo Prefecture.

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(Photo credit: Takeshi KOUNO)

Apparently it appears in the clouds like this once in a while under some conditions in autumn, so it is NOT expected this time (it was March).

Ritsu-unkyou (立雲峡)

We shall start with where that photo was taken, Ritsu-unkyou.

From the parking we have to climb up the mountain a bit…but for 30 minutes!

As expected the castle didn’t seem to float in the clouds. I wish it was autumn though… This mountain is filled with cherry blossom trees. If we only visited a week after, it would have been a perfect sight. Some workers were busy preparing for the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in this area.

Takeda Castle (竹田城)

After the hiking in Ritsu-unkyou, let’s now move on to our main destination – Takeda Castle!

We parked at the nearest parking which is a road station. Now we have to take a bus going up to the castle (or walk for 40 minutes!) and another 20-minute walk from the bus stop! (noooooooooooooo…)

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Don’t forget to put a sticker to show where you are from at the entrance!

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Oh hey, it is a nice view from up here, isn’t it? It is interesting that people in the past built such a thing in this mountain. Technically it is called Takeda Castle Ruins, so you don’t really see the castle itself. Apparently it was abandoned in Edo era already. But yeah, I guess that’s why it kinda looks like Machu Picchu now. See the picture below?

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From the top of Takeda Castle, the view was amazing. There are many cherry blossom trees also in the area. Too bad, it was still too early.

Lastly

It is certainly not an easy access even by car but it does feel we have done something when we get there. That’s what adventure is like, right? Hehe.

See you around!

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Tajima beef lunch



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Taste Kyoto Wine at Amanohashidate Winery

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Howdy? It’s Mr. Wada on duty. Did you enjoy the previous post? Hey, there’s a place to stop by before that. A winery!

Amanohashidate Winery

“Why winery?” To answer this question, our wine-freak friend who accompanied us wanted to take a look at this place. Hehe.

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Amanohashidate Wine

It looks more like a souvenir store. Of course everyone’s welcome.

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Wine Brewing Room

As you enter, a little winery tour begins. See how wine is made (it was not open though).

Wine Cellar

Wine is kept at the wine cellar downstairs.

Grape Field

There are grape fields out there. It would’ve been full of grapes in autumn though…

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Empty grape fields

Wine and Food

Since we are at a winery, we gotta try wine right?

Since I was driving I had to pick something without alcohol. This white wine ice-cream would be the one!

Souvenir

There’s lots of stuff for souvenir. What to get…let’s see.

We got chocolate and little wine bottles for ourselves.

Lunch Time

Feel hungry? Good news for you. There is a seafood restaurant just 50 meters away from this winery.

Note: Don refers “on rice”

Lastly

This winery is on the way to Amanohashidate. It sure would be worth stopping by! Hope it helps.

See you around!

 Amanohashidate Wine
 Address 123 Kokubun, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto-fu
 Business Hours  10:00-17:00 (close on Wednesdays)
 Contact Number  0772-27-2222

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