This small castle, located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, is actually a re-built corner tower from the original Takada Castle complex (which no longer exists). Nevertheless, it’s called Takada Castle today. Surrounding the castle are hundreds of cherry blossoms; it’s one of the most famous spots in Japan to see them! They even illuminate the flowers at night to create an entirely new atmosphere!
Unfortunately, I was a week late. There were a few blossoms left on the trees, but the majority had already fallen. I think the castle is just as beautiful when it’s surrounded by the new green of spring!
You can pay ￥300 to enter the castle. Here’s where you buy your tickets; they also have postcards and pamphlets for surrounding attractions.
Next, head up the stairs to the castle!
The low wall that ran along the top of the hill had holes in it. Don’t know why, but I wanted to take a picture through it haha.
After you’re done admiring the castle… head inside!
Make sure to take off your shoes when you enter, put them in the cubbies on the left, and put on some slippers. All of the information is in Japanese, but the view from the top is wonderful!
Can’t wait to go next year during sakura season!