Taketa City Tourism Guide

History/Culture

Beautiful Traditional Townscape

岡城阯(おかじょうし) Oka Castle Ruins

It is said that in about 1185, the military commander, Koreyoshi ‘Saburo’ Ogata, ordered the castle to be constructed to welcome the Genpei War hero, Yoshitsune Minamotono. It is also well known as the location for the song Kojo no tsuki of the famous composer Rentaro Taki. It is a lovely spot to see cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

Visitors can enjoy history in Taketa.
The remains of the impregnable Oka castle and the scenery of the castle town of the Oka Domain (Edo Period 1603-1868) including their samurai residences are a fascinating historical heritage.

Oka Castle Ruins

Hideshige Nakagawa

Hideshige Nakagawa

御客屋敷 O-kyaku yashiki (Reception House)

御客屋敷(おきゃくやしき)
O-kyaku yashiki (Reception House)

This room was used as a reception area for guests. Now, visitors can enjoy tea or a meal here.

キリシタン洞窟礼拝堂 Christian Cave Chapel

キリシタン洞窟礼拝堂(どうくつれいはいどう)
Christian Cave Chapel

In about 1550, Christianity flourished and even during the period of Christian repression, Christians worshiped secretively.

扇森稲荷神社 Ogimori-Inari Shrine

扇森稲荷神社(おうぎもりいなりじんじゃ)
Ogimori-Inari Shrine

This shrine has always attracted people to pray for good business.

竹田歴史資料館 Taketa City History Archive Center

竹田歴史資料館(たけたれきししりょうかん)
Taketa City History Archive Center

Many artworks are displayed including Nanga ink paintings by the acclaimed Japanese artists, Chikuden Tanomura and Yukari Gyoto.

瀧廉太郎記念館 Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum

Rentaro Taki

Rentaro Taki

瀧廉太郎記念館(たきれんたろうきねんかん)
Rentaro Taki Memorial Museum

This is the childhood home of the composer Rentaro Taki, who was influenced by western music and introduced it in Japan. Music which he has composed and other items are displayed in the museum.

Traditional performing arts

Taketa Takigi Noh

Taketa Takigi Noh

Noh has a history of over 600 years.
It originated in Kyoto and flourished in Taketa during the Edo Period.
This tradition has been continued and each autumn, the Taketa Takigi Noh is performed.

阿鹿野獅子舞 Ajikano Shishimai (Lion Dance)

阿鹿野獅子舞(あじかのししまい)
Ajikano Shishimai (Lion Dance)

The Lion Dance is a traditional performance to take away evil and bring good luck. The Lion Dance is a designated Prefectural Intangible Cultural Heritage and features a heroic dance and drum performance.

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Taketa City Tourism Association

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Published by the Taketa City Department for Tourism, Industry and Commerce