Takatsuki Castle (Tokyo)

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History

There is not much actual evidence about the history of Takatsuki Castle, it is mostly conjecture, but it was likely built by the Oishi in the mid to late 1400's. The castle itself is not very big but it has a great location overlooking the Aki River and Tama River which also provide natural defensive boundaries. The castle has great views of the surrounding plains, but may have been too small for the Oishi. Following Takatsuki Castle, the Oishi built Takiyama Castle much further back along the same mountain ridge. Today there is a road cutting the ridge just west of Takiyama Castle, but if you visit both castles it seems obvious that they share the same ridge and may have been connected. Takiyama Castle has some good views as well, but with Takatsuki castle being at the furthest point in the northwest, I believe it likely that Takatsuki Castle was used as a lookout or smoke signal tower even after moving to the much larger Takiyama Castle.

Visit Notes

Except for the specific path, this is private property. Please be respectful. This castle should definitely be visited with a trip to Takiyama Castle.
滝山城と一緒に訪れてください。指定の通路以外は私有地のためマナーを守ってください。

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Castle Profile
English Name Takatsuki Castle (Tokyo)
Japanese Name 高月城
Founder Oishi Akishige
Year Founded 1458
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Haijima (Itsukaishi Line), 15 mins walk
Visitor Information Mountain, open anytime. Private property. Be respectful.
Time Required 30 mins
Location Hachioji, Tokyo
Coordinates 35° 42' 48", 139° 19' 7"
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Year Visited 2018
Added to Jcastle 2018


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