Takane Castle was built by the local rulers, the Okuyama clan, in 1414. The Okuyama made it their main castle as their family gained power in the region and ruled until 1570 when it was taken over by the Takeda. It was one of the focal points for Takeda Shingen to secure the Totomi area. It was also an important location to control transportation as it watches over 2 important roads. The castle was abandoned after Tokugawa Ieyasu took control of the area away from the Takeda.
The excavation and reconstruction of this site has been one of the most important studies of Sengoku Period mountaintop castles conducted. It revealed the nearly complete layout of the castle as well as the paths through it. It was reconstructed from 1994-1999. Takane Castle is a bit difficult to get to, but well worth the trip for any castle fan.
There are only 9 trains per day out of Toyohashi that go to Mukaichiba Station so plan accordingly. This is a fantastic reconstruction of a Sengoku Period mountaintop castle. There are very few such reconstructions so it is highly recommended for any castles fans, especially if you're interested in this kind of early period castle. Also refer to Arato Castle for a similar mountaintop castle.
|English Name||Takane Castle|
|Year Founded||around 1414|
|Castle Condition||No main keep but other buildings|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Features||gates, turrets, trenches, walls|
|Access||Mukaichiba Sta. (Iida Line); 30 min walk|
|Location||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Coordinates||35° 8' 59", 137° 52' 2"|
|Visits||October 16, 2009|
|Added to Jcastle||2009|