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Country: Japan
State: Niigata-ken
City: Takasaki
Type of Location: Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

From Narita Airport, Takasaki is served by Azalea Limousine Buses operated by Chiba Kotsu; buses leave once every 1 1/2-2 hours (3 hours to/from Takasaki Station, ¥4500). By train, the easiest (and most expensive) way to reach Maebashi is to take the Narita Express to Tokyo Station, then the Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki (Approx. 2 1/4 hours, ¥7800, no charge with the Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass). Reservations for the Narita Express and Shinkansen can all be made from Narita Airport.
From Haneda Airport, Limousine buses operate to/from Takasaki Station (3 hours, ¥3500). Going by train is much faster, but more expensive and requires more transfers: The Keikyu Line to Shinagawa, the Yamanote Line to Tokyo, and the Shinkansen to Takasaki (Approx. 1 3/4 hours, ¥5200; cheaper with unreserved shinkansen seat). You can purchase tickets for the JR portion of the journey upon reaching Shinagawa.

By train

Takasaki is a stop on the Joetsu Shinkansen and Nagano Shinkansen lines, and is a hub for the JR Takasaki, Hachiko, Ryomo, Joetsu and Shin-etsu lines.
Frequent Shinkansen services depart Tokyo station for Takasaki every 15-30 minutes, with more frequent departures for the evening rush. You can reach Takasaki in about one hour, at a cost of ¥4800. Regular trains on the Takasaki Line depart from Ueno station 2-3 times per hour, reaching Takasaki in about 2 hours at a cost of ¥1890.
There are also hourly departures for Takasaki on the Shonan-Shinjuku Line which runs via Shinjuku station.

By bus

Nippon Chuo Bus operates several daytime bus services from the Tokyo area to Takasaki. All buses stop at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku, with some buses also stopping in Ikebukuro and Akihabara (2 1/4 hours to/from Shinjuku, ¥1500).
Other long distance buses include the Tokai Liner daytime runs from Shizuoka and Nagoya, Sendai Liner overnight runs from Sendai, and Silk Liner overnight runs from Nara, Kyoto and Osaka. All of these buses are operated by Nippon Chuo Bus.

Key places to visit
Haruna Shrine, Minowa Castle, Takasaki Castle


Places to Visit

Haruna Shrine

Haruna Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Mount Haruna, the mountain where the shrine is located, is one of the "Three Mountains of Jomo" and the shrine has a close relationship with the shrines of the other two mountains, Mount Akagi and Mount Myogi.
Haruna Shrine was founded in 586, the first year of the reign of Emperor Yomei. During the 14th century it became affiliated with Ueno's Kan'ei-ji. During the Meiji era separation of Buddhism and Shinto, the Buddhist colors were discontinued and the original Haruna Shrine was restored.

Minowa Castle

Minowa Castle is a castle located in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.Minowa Castle was built in 1526 by Nagano Narimasa from the Nagano clan based out of Nagano in Kozuke Province. In 1566 the castle's garrison, led by Nagano Narimori (lord of the castle since Narimasa, his father, had died in 1561) and Kamiizumi Nobutsuna, came under attack by forces of the Takeda clan under control of Takeda Shingen during the Siege of Minowa. During the siege, a sortie out of the castle was led by Nobutsuna, this, however, resulted in a successful assault by the Shingen forces. The entire castle fell, save a small portion still held by Nobutsuna. Shingen was so impressed by Nobutsuna that he let Nobutsuna leave unharmed, even asking Nobutsuna to join him.Shingen gave one of his generals, Naito Masatoyo, control of the castle

Takasaki Castle

Takasaki Castle is classified as a flatland castle, and is located in Gunma Prefecture . This area was known as Kozuke Province until the end of the Edo period. It is associated with the Ii, okochi clans.
Takasaki castle was built over the top of an older castle by the name of Wada castle. That castle was built in the 1400's but was abandoned with the defeat of the Hojo clan in 1590. Takasaki was built up from 1598 by a vassal of the Tokugawa clan & led a pretty uneventful life. A three-story turret served as its central tower & was still standing in the late 1800's.
Nowadays, very little remains as most of the castle grounds have been reclaimed. The only exception being a small section of the San-no-maru & moat. It is there that the Inui turret & the Higashi gate have been relocated.

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