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Ruins of Oka Castel

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Address: Taketa, Taketa 878-0013, Oita Prefecture
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Interesting history and great views of surrounding area

We walked from Bungotaketa station, directions at end of post. We were fortunate to visit the day before the castle's cherry blossom festival and the trees were in full bloom, a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2016
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We walked from Bungotaketa station, directions at end of post. We were fortunate to visit the day before the castle's cherry blossom festival and the trees were in full bloom, a gorgeous sight. There is a ticket office where you pay the Y300 entrance fee and as well as the usual ticket are given a souvenir scrolled map. There is... More 

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Taketa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

Main structures such as keeps were lost at the beginning of the Meiji era in the mid-19th century however; its grand scale can be seen and felt by walking up the hill to the top of the castle. Impressive views to look over the mountains of Kuju, Aso and Sobo are there if it is fine. It is highly recommended... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Taketa is the cutest mountain town, and Oka-jo is its main attraction. The ruins are now a huge park to explore, hike, and picnic. It is beautiful in every season, offers an great view of the whole surrounding area, and is one of my favorite spots in Japan!

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

パッケージツアーで訪れました。初めて聞いた観光名所だし石垣しか残っていないということなのでたいしたことないと思っていました。難攻不落の城だったというだけあって石垣の上まではかなりの急坂を登ります。ただ上からの眺めは最高です。紅葉を期待していましたが今年は早かったそうでほぼ終わりでした。桜の木が多かったので桜の時期は最高だと思います。内部は滝廉太郎の像以外ほとんど何もありません。高台からの眺めとかつての城の姿を想像しながら散策します。 高齢者・身体の不自由なかた限定で1日10便バス(7人乗りくらい)がありました。ただ春・秋の観光シーズン以外は土日祝日のみ運行だそうです。 そもそも岡城址には公共の交通手段がないのが残念。 I traveled Okajou-shi (the site of Okajou Castle) in a packaged tour . I was not expecting so much exciting as it is a place I never heard before, there might be only a stone fence as a legacy. It used be regarded as an un-defeatable military base, we have to walk up sharp slope. But the... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Very enjoyable hike and plenty to photograph. Car mapcode to car park 237153497*60. The grounds are extensive and you do wonder how did they get the stones there. We tide this in from Aso and the curtain waterfalls using Japan met service to pick the best day to head out of the Aso clouds for sunlight. Chopping and changing days... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The castle was voluntarily dismantled during the Meiji period, but the base remains of what must have been a very imposing fortification. We visited in autumn/fall when the leaves were just about to turn in colour. The walk up from the Kyushu Olle trail (a day walk ending at the castle) is steady and a lovely reveal occurs of the... More 

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Shirakawa, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We visited Oka Castle just after the peak of the cherry blossom, in early April. Although it was raining, this didn't stop us enjoying strolling up and around the castle grounds, taking a circular route to return to the car park from the opposite side. The 300yen entry also included a beautiful colourful scroll, with a diagram of the castle... More 

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