|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Asago, Hyogo Pref.|
|Access||Takeda Station (Bantan Line); 60 min walk or 15 min taxi (1500 yen)|
|Website||Asago City - Visiting Takeda Castle Ruins|
|Visited||Nov. 15, 2009; Sept 27, 2013|
|Visitor Info.||Some areas currently blocked off for repairs. | Time Required: 90 mins on site + 2hrs round trip to the station|
Takeda Castle was built on this site in the path of aggression between Harima/Tanba and Tajima regions as a stronghold of Izushi Castle. It was built by Ohtagaki Mitsukage, a retainer of Yamana Sozen, lord of the area, in 1441. Ohtagaki, who had been a military commander of the Yamana clan for 5 generations became lord of the castle.
Takeda Castle was conquered by Hideyoshi in his Tajima campaign of 1577. Hideyoshi placed it in the control of his younger brother, Hidenaga, who moved to Izushi less than 2 years later. Akamatsu Hirohide, the last lord of the castle, fought on the side of the Western Forces for Tokugawa at the battle of Sekigahara in the attack on Tottori Castle. Hirohide served valiantly in the battle, but was accused of setting the castle town on fire. Later that year he committed seppuku and Takeda Castle was abandoned.