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Easy day trip (if you do not hike to the real castle site)

First to get there, take any of the buses from the #1 (front) bus stop on the north entrance to... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2013
Ted C
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La Mesa, California
If you know Tokyo's history really well - it's worth it!

There is not really much to see, just a few ruins here and there. The explanation in English on the... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2012
Hachiouji-brit
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Hachioji, Japan
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

First to get there, take any of the buses from the #1 (front) bus stop on the north entrance to Takao Station. Get off at "Rein Mae"  霊園前 bus stop (underneath a freeway overpass). The road up to the "castle" is the first street on your left beyond the bus stop.

The "castle" is actually the remains of the residence of the Hojo Lord who controlled this western part of the Kanto Plain. Certainly worth seeing, with some reconstruction of steps, gates and bridges. On the way up to the "castle" there is a very attractive small temple on the right hand side of the road. If you are so inclined the site of the actual castle is at the top of the mountain, in this period of Japanese history castles were erected on mountain tops not down in the flat lands. Be advised there is nothing remaining of the castle itself so go for the view and to say you have been there not to see anything.

While there is no food available it is a neat place for a picnic if you pick up some munchies at the combini near the station before starting the expedition. Restrooms are available at a parking lot just before you enter the "castle" grounds proper. Not a difficult walk up to the "castle" although the hike up to the site of the real castle which was destroyed by Toyotomo Hideyoshi's troops in the late 1400's is a stiff climb.

A nice way to spend a Saturday or Sunday, who says you can't have a good time in the Tokyo area without spending a fortune.

Date of experience: May 2012
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

There is not really much to see, just a few ruins here and there. The explanation in English on the boards is quite good but you do need to know your stuff on Hachioji and Tokyo to make it worth its while.

Not easy to get to, quite a walk from JR Takao Station certainly need your walking shoes...not boots though!

Date of experience: October 2011
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