Machu Picchu of the East: The Ruins of Takeda Castle

Day Trip

Hideo Y.

4.44(113) reviews
Other Hyogo Locations
English, Japanese (Native)
10.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

The ruins of Takeda Castle is called the "Castle in the Sky" of "Machu Picchu of the East." They are truly appropriate names because the image of it ...

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Meeting Point

at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

08:10 AM

Osaka Station

Let's take a JR train for Takeda station.

11:20 AM

Takeda Station.

We arrive at Takeda Station.

We use bus and walk up to the Takeda Castle remains.

12:20 PM

Takeda Castle

We enjoy walking on the castle remains for about an hour.

Then we walk down to the Takeda Station and we use taxi.

02:00 PM

Ritsuun-kyo

We take a taxi to Ritsuun-kyo.

From there we can see Takeda Castle remains.

03:00 PM

Information center : Castle In The Sky

We see the a lot of o\photos and culture in the center.

04:00 PM

Takeda station

We take JR train for Osaka.

06:40 PM

Osaka station

We arrive at Osaka Station.

Ending Point

at your hotel either in Osaka or in Kyoto

What to Expect

The ruins of Takeda Castle is called the "Castle in the Sky" of "Machu Picchu of the East." They are truly appropriate names because the image of it floating above a sea of clouds, and gleaming in the light of the early morning sun in autumn is extremely beautiful. It's beyond description. The "Castle in the Sky" can be seen from Ritsuun-Kyo on the opposite side of the ruins of the Castle.

The ruins of Takeda Castle changes in appearance with the season: cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green in the summer, a sea of clouds in autumn, and snowy scenery in the winter.

As it stretches 400 meters from north to south, 100 meters from east to west, Takeda Castle is listed among the 100 Fine Castles in Japan. Takeda Castle is said to have been completed in 1441 and was built at a height of 354 meters, by Shozen Yamada. By 1580, the Castle all but fell down and only the stone walls remained.

If you're lucky, you may see the castle floating in a sea of clouds from Ritsuun-Kyo in autumn.

It takes almost five hours for a round trip from either Kyoto or Osaka, but it's worth seeing it.

I'm sure you'll enjoy the 40-minute hiking and the nature in the cool autumn breeze.

Why don't you come join my tour !!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

My transportation fee is 4,600yen.

Your transportation fee (JR train + bus + entrance fee ) is 10,500 JPY per person, a taxi (4 people including me) is about 4,000 JPY per one taxi)

Important Information

I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!! Thank you.

I have to tell you one thing. The scene of "the image of floating above a sea of clouds" is a natural phenomenon. Whether we can see the scene depends on the weather.

Therefore I can't assure you that if we see a sea of clouds by all means.

The guide fee doesn't include our transportation fee.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Brian T.

Apr 16, 2022

Well planned tour of Kyoto!

We had an excellent day with HIDEo YOSHIda. From our wishes he planned a tour, took us around town and showed us different sights of Kyoto. He is very knowledgable in many different areas so we learned a lot about Japanese culture and history. We can warmly recommend a day with HIDEo YOSHIda.

Hideo Y.

Hello Brian. I'm very glad to receive your good review. Today we visited Japanese gardens such as moss garden in Saihoji, Sogenchi garden in Tenryuji and Ninomaru garden in Nijo Castle. They gave us peaceful and fresh atmosphere. I'm going to do my best on guide for many years to come. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

Pobparat A.

Aug 27, 2020

Excellent guide. Well prepared tour.

He is so friendly and very knowledgeable about local history and japanese mythology. His itinerary was well preplanned. I would not have been able to explore all the places we did on my own. Thanks Hideo san!

Hideo Y.

Hello Pobparat I'm very happy to receive your message. Favored by good weather, we could enjoy visiting Kumano three Grand Shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Hongu Taisha, and Hayatama Taisha. Furthermore we watched Nachi Waterfalls with a height of 133 meters, the longest drop in Japan. I look forward to your activities and success in your life. Thank you, Tua.

Arlene B.

Feb 2, 2020

Highly recommended

Sir Hideo is great we finished all the itineraries as planned and very patience with my 13 pax group of tourists from the Philippines.Very informative and accommodating. Definitely will recommend you Sir Hideo see u next time.. Thank you very much

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your message. I also enjoyed guiding you. You all enjoyed wearing Kimono. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Arlene.

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Polly E.

Jan 16, 2020

Highlight Tour of Kyoto

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

$260/ per group