Hyogo's restored 'castle in the sky' opened to sightseers

posted on March 6, 2016

ASAGO, Hyogo Prefecture--The picturesque ruins of Takeda Castle were alive with activity on March 3 as "the castle in the sky" welcomed tourists to its main structures for the first time after more than two years of renovations.

Located atop a mountain, the stone foundations of the castle's main keep and adjacent structures had been off limits while undergoing restoration.

The historic site is renowned for its autumn magnificence, when the castle ruins appear as if they are floating in a sea of clouds.

According to the city government section that manages the site, the foundations of the main keep were renovated because the dirt layer on top was wearing off due to a sharp increase in the number of visitors, preventing grass from growing on the soil. A new dirt layer was added on top, and sheets of fabric now cover areas where visitors are allowed to enter.

Takeda Castle is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the end of May. It will shift to earlier opening hours during summer and autumn.

source by asahi
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