Experience ancient food culture and history Ina City, the birthplace of Shinshu Soba, is an area where ancient food culture is passed on, such as the insect foods ‘Takato Soba, Gyouja Soba’, ‘Irinoya Traditional Soba’ and ‘Locust/Bee larva’.

Recommended Spots

Tour Route

Visit the castle, temple, and stone Buddha linked to the lord, and wander through the castle city.


Takato Castle Ruins Park

50,000 soldiers from the Oda army, commanded by Nobutada, the oldest son of Oda Nobunaga, fought in a fierce battle. In spring, about 1,500 Takato Ohiganzakura trees blossom.


This is a school that was built in the Sannomaru section of the castle. It is connected to Takato Castle and is reportedly the sole building to remain since the Edo era.



When Oda Nobutada raided Takato Castle, he stole a bell from Kaizenji Temple in Iida City. The damage caused by the theft can still be seen in the temple, which is now known as the Stone Buddha Temple.


Takato Sakura Hotel (meals/day trip hot spring/souvenirs)

Lunch is served on the wooden deck that overlooks the Takato Lake and the ruins of the Takato Castle. You'll enjoy the landscape and the fresh air. In addition, there is a hot spring that is available for day trips.


Ina City Takato Town History Museum/Ejima Kakomi Castle

Displays important materials related to the Takato Castle. The Shimomakuri house is also the home of the life story of Ejima, who was a maid in the Ooku clan under the protection of the Takato clan. Unfortunately, she met her demise in the famous "Ejima Ikushima incident" during the Edo period.



About 40 stone Buddhas, including the Saikoku Sanjusansho Kanzeon Bodhisattva, made by the skilled Takato stonemason Sadaharu Moriya, are kept here, and it is a holy site for the pilgrimage of stone Buddhas.

Hokoji Shrine

The Hokoji Shrine was highly revered by the feudal lords as the protector of Takato Castle. When the castle was moved, a hoko emerged from the ground and was placed inside the shrine, causing it to be renamed Hokoji Shrine, and it continues to be revered and worshipped there.


Strolling around the shopping street

A street scene with the feel of a castle town. In the shopping area, you can find places to eat 'Takato soba' and buy local sake and the famous 'Takato manju'.