About Takada Castle (Three Tiered Turret)
The three-story watchtower of Takada Castle is located in Honjo-machi, Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, and is a part of Takada Castle. Takada Castle was built in 1614 by Tadatoki Matsudaira, the sixth son of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who ruled the whole of Japan at that time. The construction was very difficult because the course of three rivers had to be changed, but it took less than four months from the start of construction to completion.
Takada Castle is surrounded by earthen fortifications instead of stone walls, and there is no Tensokaku (the main building in the center of the castle), but the three-story watchtower on the southwest side is the symbol of the castle. Due to the earthquake and fire, it is impossible to reproduce the original appearance of the castle, but the existing three-story watchtower was restored in 1993 based on the ancient plan and excavation survey data. Inside the three-story watchtower is a showroom where ancient documents about the city and items unearthed during the excavation of the ancient city site are displayed, and the third floor is a lookout room. When summer comes, the blooming lotus flowers almost fill up the outer moat.
How to get there
15 minutes drive from JR Joetsu Myoko Station
10 minutes from Takada Station on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway by car.
20 minutes from Naoetsu Station on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway by car.
20 minutes from Joetsu Interchange on Hokuriku Expressway
15 minutes from Joetsu Takada Interchange on Joshinetsu Expressway
We walked through the snow from Takada Station and were very impressed when we arrived at Takada Castle.
We were very impressed when we arrived at Takada Castle.
It seems to be crowded during the cherry blossom season, but I would like to visit again in a different season.