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Takeda Castle Ruins
竹田城跡

Discover the castle in the sky,
and witness a miraculous autumn sight.
"Takeda-jo-seki(Takeda Castle Ruins)" is the nationally well-known castle ruins located atop a mountain. It is well known as "Japan's Machu Picchu" and the "Castle in the Sky" because of the surrounding clouds that give it the illusion of a floating castle. You can see the sight of the castle floating on a sea of clouds when the weather conditions are just right, usually in the early mornings of autumn and winter.
It’s around a 40-minute walk to the top from "Yamajiro-no-Sato." If you take the "Tenku Bus", this bus will take you half way up, then it’s about a 20-minute walk up to the top. (Extra charges will be requested. Please check the days and times of the service before travelling.) There is also a restaurant located around Yamajiro-no-Sato.
Address 169 Takeda, Wadayama=cho, Asago-city, Hyogo
〒669-5252 兵庫県朝来市 和田山町竹田古城山169番地
Nearest station JR:Takeda station (竹田駅) 
Zentan Bus:Yamajiro no Sato (山城の郷) 
Zentan Bus(Tajimawaru):Yamajiro no Sato (山城の郷)
Admission Adult:500 yen Free for junior high school students and under
Opening Hours 9:00-16:00 (Mar 20 – Sep 20) / 3:00-16:00 (Sep 21 – Dec 10)
TEL 079-674-2120
HP http://www.city.asago.hyogo.jp/kankou/eng/TakedaCastle.html
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