Takatsuki Castle (Tokyo)
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.
Except for the specific path, this is private property. Please be respectful. This castle should definitely be visited with a trip to Takiyama Castle.
|English Name||Takatsuki Castle (Tokyo)|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||Haijima (Itsukaishi Line), 15 mins walk|
|Visitor Information||Mountain, open anytime. Private property. Be respectful.|
|Time Required||30 mins|
|Coordinates||35° 42' 48", 139° 19' 7"|
|Added to Jcastle||2018|