Ōtaki Castle

Historic, scenic castle tucked away in rural Chiba

By Victoria Vlisides   Oct 9, 2015 - 2 min read

Ōtaki Castle is a historic spot located at the top of a hill in Ōtaki town in southeastern Chiba.

Especially with the blossoming fall colors, it's a place where people can enjoy the history and natural beauty of rural Japan. Inside the castle, which dates back to the Edo period and was built in 1590, is a gift shop and an area where you can try on samurai armor. Additionally, there's floors of historic exhibits. The view from the castle windows overlooks the town. 

Outside, you can visit the rock garden that surrounds it. The castle is one of a few major tourist spots in Ōtaki. Another nearby one is Ōtaki Forest. About 2-3 hours by train from Tokyo, Ōtaki Castle is a lovely day trip.

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Victoria Vlisides

Victoria Vlisides @Victoria Vlisides

Trained journalist who's not yet jaded. Can't get enough of meeting new people, the view, cheap travel, cherry-blossom-flavored food, dinner&drinks. Painfully addicted to Japan's gochya-gochya machines. If you're the type of person to try something new vs. something you know you like, we'll get along. I'm originally from the USA. Now in Chiba Prefecture, and August 2016 marks two years in Japan. I've worked in journalism/newspapers for more than 5 years. My:  Blog  --  Instagram   Travels in Japan (in brief): Kagoshima (Yakushima), Shizuoka (Gunma (Oze National Park, Mt. Shibutsu, Minakamix2), Tochigi (Kinugawa-Onsen, Nikko), Hyogo (Kobex2, Arima Hot Springs), Kyoto x3, Osaka, Nagano (Hakuba), Yamanashi (Katsunuma, Kawaguchiko area, Mt. Daibosatsu x3), Okinawa, Aichi (Nagoya), Kanagawa (Yokohama, Enoshima, Hakone, Kamakura), Tokyo (of course), Chiba (Choshi, Onjuku Beach, Otaki Forest, Otaki Castle, Nokogiriyama, Chiba City, Isumi, Kamogawa), Gifu, Ibaraki (Hitachi Seaside Park), Saitama (Kawaguchi), Shizuoka (Izu), Tokushima Travels outside of Japan: South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico x2, 22 states within the USA Future travel goals: Fukuoka, (SK) Seoul (again!), Hokkaido, Mt. Zao, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji, Daito Islands (Okinawa), Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Iceland, Norway, Kyrgastan