What to Eat in Takeda

Takeda is a town most well-known as the home of Takeda Castle, a castle ruin also known as the castle floating in the sky. Named this because of the way the castle appears to be floating on a sea of clouds, especially on foggy mornings, there’s also a lot more to this small town than it impressive optical illusion. Takeda also offers incredible dining, whether you’re after rustic dining, mouth watering pancakes, or piping hot okonomiyaki, you can find it all here.

Machiya Terakoya Café

Machiya Terakoya Café
Machiya Terakoya Café

Sitting in the heart of Takeda is Machiya Terakoya café, a quaint local hangout filled with rustic charm and a warm welcoming atmosphere. The perfect place to take a little time to recharge and refuel, this café is located in a Meiji era merchant’s house, maintaining its authentic old world atmosphere but with a contemporary twist. Pop in for breakfast of dinner and admire the building’s interior. The café owners have gone out of their way to make sure the building stays as true to its original form as possible. Sitting just a stone’s throw from some of the area’s popular castle hubs, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Machiya Terakoya café for a well brewed coffee and some delicious homemade sweets.

Ichigo Ichie Bakery

Ichigo Ichie Bakery
Ichigo Ichie Bakery

One of the best places to pick up snacks or possibly a picnic lunch when wandering around the town of Takeda is here at Ichigo Ichie Bakery. Filled with a huge array of freshly baked sweet and savory snacks, it’s said that the bakery is home to 60 different kinds of bread. From classic French pastries to more contemporary Japanese treats there’s something for every taste right here.

Point Pancake

Point Pancake
Point Pancake

If you haven’t had your fill of sweet bready treats just yet, then make your way to Point Pancake, which also goes by the owner’s preferred name of Powan, which specialises in pancakes. Unlike their western contemporaries Japanese style pancakes are thicker and fluffier and definitely worth trying if you’re in the area. Covered in sweet icing sugar and served with warm, delicious toppings a Japanese pancake is something all sweet tooths have to try at least once in their life.

Jugemu Okonomi

Jugemu Okonomi
Jugemu Okonomi

If you’re spending some time in Takeda, be sure to grab dinner at Jugemu Okonomi. Open every day except Monday, this laid back local favorite is an easy three-minute walk from JR Takeda Station right in the heart of the town. With a diverse menu featuring shrimp, squid, and octopus okonomiyaki (savory pancake) as well as yakisoba (fried noodles) and other types of teppan-yaki (hot plate style cooking) dishes you really can’t go wrong.

Takeda Castle Town Hotel EN

Takeda Castle Town Hotel EN
Takeda Castle Town Hotel EN

In the very centre of the town is Takeda Castle Town Hotel EN, also known as the Old Kimura Distillery. A café, restaurant, and hotel open to the public, this multi purpose space is great for spending a few nights or just a few hours. The distillery is located in a pretty easy to find location just three minutes on foot from Takeda Station (JR Bantan Line). The menu features typical Japanese style dining for breakfast and French influenced cuisine for dinner all using fresh, locally sourced produce.

Facility Name
Takeda(Hyogo)
Address
Hyougo Pref. Asagoshi Wadayamachoutakeda
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Takeda Castle Ruins
Address
Hyogo Pref. Asagoshi Wadayamachoutakeda
Phone
0796742120
Hours
[3/1-5/31] 8:00-18:00 (final cruise 17:30)
[6/1-8/31] 6:00-18:00 (final cruise 17:30)
[9/1-11/30] 4:00-17:00 (final cruise 16:30)
[12/1-1/3 the next year] 10:00-14:00 (final entry 13:00)
Fees
Admission fee to view Kim Adults 500 yen, Junior High School Students or less Free
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This mountain-top castle built on land at an elevation of 353 meters is also known as Torafusu-jo (Lying Tiger Castle) due to its shape which resembles a tiger lying down. Looking up at the castle from down below, it appears as though it is floating in the sky, and since it is enveloped by a sea of clouds that form due to the early morning fog in the autumn, it is also nicknamed the “castle in the sky” and “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” The season when the sea of clouds appears is from September through November, and the time from dawn to about 8:00 a.m. is recommended for the best view. One can see the entire castle floating in the sea of clouds from Ritsuunkyo halfway up Mt. Asago on Takeda Castle’s southeastern side.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ichigoichie
Address
Hyougo Pref. Asagoshi Wadayamachoutakeda 255-1
Phone
0796742515
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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