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Oka Castle Ruins

Taketa 878-0013, Oita Prefecture
+81 974-63-1541
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This is the site of a famous tune "moonlight at the castle ruins"

Oka Castle, first constructed in the 12th century sits atop a hill three hundred meters or so above... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
Funabashi, Japan
On a clear day you can see forever.

There's not much of the castle left but its foundations and some paths. It's an interesting place... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
David P
Cambridge, New Zealand
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Taketa 878-0013, Oita Prefecture
+81 974-63-1541
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Oka Castle, first constructed in the 12th century sits atop a hill three hundred meters or so above sea level, and in the Edo era housed the Nakagawa family as the local feudal lords. One of the earliest western style composers of Japan is Rentarou...More

Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 11 July 2017

There's not much of the castle left but its foundations and some paths. It's an interesting place all the same. It's very atmospheric; more so than some castles which are more intact. It has a commanding position, and you can see very nice vistas of...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This is the 3rd Castle Ruin that I visited. Not putting much hope as the ealier 2 i visited only left the ruin with stone and not much information you can check. We stopped over at Takeda for a break as driving long away back...More

Thank AmethystAme
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We came across the ruins by chance after visiting the 'Drum Tao' shop in Taketa (which is also worth a visit). The very helpful staff there suggested we see the ruins and we are glad we did. The visit proved great value as the fee...More

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

On a rainy morning we toured this amazing fortress castle, built for a samurai in the 12th Century. The ramparts dominate an impregnable, steep stone mountain, surrounded by a river system that served as a natural moat. The massive gate, the stone walls and peculiarly...More

Thank culturevulture94
Reviewed 1 April 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...More

1  Thank paul6111
Reviewed 27 February 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...More

Thank grciss
Reviewed 7 December 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...More

Thank Savvy B
Reviewed 23 November 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...More

Thank sumire2014
Reviewed 13 November 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...More

Thank LondonTell
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