About Takato Castle
Takato Castle, also known as “Doyama Castle,” is an ancient Japanese castle located on the prominent end of a river terrace cut by the Mimine and Fujisawa rivers in Takato-cho, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture. It was built in 1547, and from the terrace, it looks like a castle built on flat ground, but from the other three sides, it is a mountain castle located 80 meters above the foundation of the riverbed, so it is generally called Hirayama Castle.
In 1872, the Meiji government transferred the buildings in Takato Castle to the private sector, and the old clansmen transplanted many cherry trees on the castle site and made it a park in 1875. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in spring, the whole hill is covered with pink, which is called “the best cherry blossoms in the world” and is one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.
Although Takato Castle has been built as a park, the “Takato Pavilion” at the north entrance of the park, the odaiko yagura and the many inscriptions in the park are all vague reminders of its past glory.
How to get there
Approx. 50 minutes on Route 152 after getting off at the Suwa IC of the Chuo Expressway
From the Ina IC of the Chuo Expressway, take Route 361 for about 30 minutes.
From the Komagane IC or Ina Kita IC of the Chuo Expressway, take Route 153 for about 1 hour.
We went sightseeing around dusk. The cherry blossoms looked beautiful against the waning sky. Furthermore, the illuminated nighttime cherry blossoms reflected in the night sky were even more vivid, and it would be good to take pictures of the cherry blossoms reflected in the pond.