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Sightseeing in Metropolitan Takiyama Natural Park

Takiyama Castle Ruins

Now in ruins, the historical Takiyama Castle was originally built by making use of the topography of the hills and the sheer cliffs along a river in typical yamajiro (mountain castle) style. Takiyama castle is known as the main castle of Hojo Ujiyasu's third son, Hojo Ujiteru. The castle stood on a natural strategic position carved by the waters of the Tamagawa River and the Akigawa River, and was boasted as the largest scale castle in the Kanto area. In 1569 the castle was attacked by the forces of Takeda Shingen, who were marching to Odawara. Because the castle was assailed virtually to the point of being deserted, Hachioji Castle was built and the armies relocated there. Even today, the honmaru (most central bailey), nakanomaru (intermediate bailey), and the ruins of the Senjyoujiki Moat can be seen as remnants at the site of the castle, and have been designated as historical ruins.

Takiyama Castle ruins

Metropolitan Takiyama Park

Metropolitan Takiyama Park is located within Metropolitan Takiyama Natural Park, and is home to a castle ruins park from which visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of the Tamagawa River. The historical Takiyama Castle ruins allow visitors to get a sense of the history of the area as they enjoy walking through nature. From an elevation of 160 meters (525 feet) on the park's north side, visitors can enjoy a view of the Tamagawa River. The views of the Tamagawa River, the Akigawa River, and the rural landscape are spectacular. The park is also the location of hiking trails that visitors have appreciated for years.

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Takatuki Castle Ruins

Takatsuki Castle was constructed during the Chouroku Rra (1457-1459) by Musashino Shugodai and Oishi Akishige, and was used as their clan's main castle until Oishi Sadashige, the son of Oishi Akishige, built Takiyama Castle 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to the northwest of here. After the construction of Takiyama castle, it is said that Takatuki Castle functioned as a sub-castle due to its strategic location. Situated on top of Kasumi Hill, it was said to be defended by the Tama River in the East and the Aki River, (a tributary of the Tama River) in the west. Access: From JR Hachioji Station, take the bus to Entsujimae bus station.

Takatsuki castle

The Rural Landscape of Takatuki Rice Paddies

Takatuki Town is located at the confluence of the Tamagawa River and the Akigawa River, and the area is blessed with high quality water. The rice paddies of Takatuki Town lie within the fertile rice-producing area of Hachioji, which is the largest cultivated land area in Tokyo. This vast rural landscape, in which you can see a different view in each of the four seasons, is designated of the 88 most beautiful scenic spots in Hachioji. Takatuki Seiryumai-rice (Kinuhikari) is a brand of rice that is cultivated with care by farmers in the Takatuki area. A limited amount of this rice is available in the local produce section of Michinoeki Hachiouji Takiyama.

The rural landscape of Takatuki rice paddies

Agriculture Promotion

Local agriculture has always been the pride of Hachioji, which boasts the greatest agricultural output in Tokyo. A variety of agricultural products are grown in each region, such as daikon, eggplant and tomatoes. The vegetables that took root in each region are called traditional vegetables. Hachioji is home to traditional vegetables called Edo Tokyo vegetables, which were staples of the diet of the people of Hachioji from the Edo period to the Showa period (1603-1989). Each of these vegetables have a name that includes the name of an area of Hachioji, such as Kawaguchi green peas, Hachioji ginger, and Takakura daikon. Hachioji ginger is especially popular at local “michinoeki” (roadside stations) and city markets, and it sells out very quickly.

Hachioji vegetables


As the Western redoubt of Musashinokuni, Hachioji was known for its local fabric industry since the Warring States period. The development of this industry started when the Hojo family arrived on the banks of the Tamagawa River in the middle of the Muromachi Period and introduced the industry to the locals. Hachiohi orimono, a traditional fabric, is said to have originated when transactions too place in Takiyama Joka no Ichi (a castle town of Takiyama Castle). Although this fabric was previously used for kimonos, the technique is now used to create a variety of items such as neckties or shawls. In 1980, Tamaori was selected as one of Japan's Nationally Designated Traditional Craft Products.

Hachiohi orimono

Michinoeki Hachijouji Takiyama

Michinoeki Hachijouji Takiyama is the first and only roadside station in Tokyo, and serves as the entranceway to Tokyo. Fresh local agricultural products and livestock products are sold at the farm stand ~Farm Takiyama~. The delicatessen, Hatimakiya, serves homestyle food using local ingredients, and Milk Ice MO-MO is an ice cream shop serving gelato and soft-serve made with local seasonal ingredients. At Café La Gita, which serves sandwiches made from local ingredients, and Yasai no Syokutaku Hachinousai, which offers a salad bar featuring local vegetables, you can try the delicious local food.

Michinoeki Hachijouji Takiyama


“Toutou-an” is a restaurant which has Japanese old modern space with a refurbished storehouse of the old house in Akiruno city. It is renovated in the mansion premises of a Japanese home that has been continuing from the middle Edo period to the seventeen generations. You can enjoy kaiseki cuisine matched to the season while watching the courtyard with trees in an environment where the taste of an old private house, green nature, and modern space are connected. You can also use it as celebration space; such as wedding receptions. There are a gallery and a tea room on the first floor, and they are casual and relaxing space. About ten minutes on foot from Higashi-Akiru station, which on the Itsukaichi Line. JR



The Musashino Trail is a walking path with a total length of 270 km(168 miles) that can cycle through Tokyo while feeling nature, history, and culture of each region. Each of the 21 courses has its characteristics, and there is also a hiking trail walking through Takiyama Natural Park. A hiking course walking along the right bank of the Tamagawa River is about 14.2 km(8.8 miles) long from Akishima City Tama Ohashi Bridge to Hamura Station in Hamura City. You do not get tired of walking because there are fields and mountain forest landscapes spread around the course, and scenic views from the hill and moderate undulations. You can experience the splendor of nature characterized by the surrounding hilly terrain where the Tamagawa river and Akikawa river meet.


Walk in the Footsteps of History

In Takiyama Park, which is located within Metropolitan Takiyama Natural Park, many events are held at which visitors can admire the Takiyama Casle ruins and the bountiful nature. Photography workshops are held to coordinate with the timing of seasonally blooming flowers, such as cherry blossoms and Kaempfer azaleas in the spring, and Youngia denticulate and Callicarpa mollis in the fall, and you can photograph wild flowers and grasses at these workshops. Seasonal walking tours of historic sites are also held, where you can enjoy Senjyoujiki and Shinano Yashikiato while walking along beautiful green mountain roads. These events can be enjoyed by people of all ages. They are popular both for the wonderful nature, and also among history buffs.

Photography workshops


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