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Nara | Takatori Castle Ruins

Takatori Castle, the largest mountaintop castle in japan.

Designated as a National Historic Site, Takatori Castle, together with Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Iwamura Castle, is named one of the Three Great Mountaintop Castles in Japan. There at an elevation of 583.6 m, top of the mount of Takatori, and the history is said to date back to a subsidiary castle built by the powerful local Ochi clan in the Nanboku-cho period (mid- to late 14th century). Nowadays, the remains of the stone walls are mossy to evoke wabi-sabi, a sense of quiet simplicity and subdued refinement. The castle is featured in Ryotaro Shiba's "Kaido wo Yuku (On the highways)", which states that its charm lies in the air of antiquity created by the fact that only the castle's walls still stand. And he writes, "At the risk of indulging in hyperbole, it inspired a vague sense of terror that gave me a glimmer of an insight into how the people who first entered Angkor Wat must have felt." In the fall, you can savor the red and golden maple leaves.

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