The Takiyama Castle ruins is the former site of the castle that once stood during the Warring States Period in Tangi-machi, Hachioji and is designated as a historical ruin.
It is located in the Kasumi-kyuryo hills with a height of around 160m above sea level, and situated in the south of the area where Tamagawa and Akigawa rivers flowing from the northern part of Hachioji join together.
The Takiyama Castle Ruins has a long history as it was built in 1521 by Oishi Sadashige as his new stronghold and he moved in from Takatsuki Castle located in Takatsuki-cho, Hachioji.
Afterward, when the Oishi Clan surrendered to Hojo Ujiyasu, Takatsuki Castle became the property of the Hojo Clan.
After Takeda Shingen attacked the castle in 1569, he built the Hachioji Castle as his new stronghold.
Several years have passed since the residents of Kasumi and the government co-operated together to plant 5,000 cherry trees in the area in 1971, the Takiyama Castle ruins have become the famous and prominent cherry blossom-viewing spot in Tokyo.
A cherry blossom festival is held there every April and many people flock over the area to enjoy viewing the cherry blossoms.
There are several parks and plazas within the premises of the castle ruins where you can enjoy viewing the rich natural environment while having a relaxation.
Takiyama Castle Ruins also features various courses leading to the top of the hill called Honmaru where you can enjoy viewing various wonders of nature, animals and plants.
By bus: Approximately 15-minute ride from the North Exit of Keio Hachioji Station / JR Hachioji Station by bus bound for "Tobuki (via Hiyodori Mountain Tunnel)" and alight at "Takiyamajoshi-shita" bus stop; 15-minute walk from the bus stop.
By car: Drive towards Haijima through National Road Route 16 from Chuo Expressway's Hachioji Interchange, turn left at the Sanyu Intersection and drive towards National Road Route 411 (Takiyama Road) for 10 minutes.
The parking area is located nearby the Takiyama Castle ruins and offers parking spots for 29 vehicles.
Nearby tourist spots
・Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Area) in Takiyama, Hachioji
The Shin-Takiyama Road in Tokyo Metropolitan Road Route 169 in Takiyama-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo features an area called Michi-no-Eki (a facility that combines a parking area, lodging facility and regional development institutions together).
It was opened in April 1, 2007 and is known to be the only "Michi-no-Eki" in Tokyo.
Local produce from Hachioji, as well as regional produce, are sold there. It is very lively with many customers everyday.