Takeda Castle Town Hotel

Asago, Japan

At a Glance

  • This historic former sake brewery has been thoughtfully restored and transformed into a boutique property at the foot of Takeda Castle

  • The rooms are Japanese in style, with ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities such as air-conditioning and WiFi adding home comforts to the historic character

  • Overseen by an award-winning chef, the meals combine fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and a fusion of Japanese and French techniques with delicious results

  • The historic buildings and atmospheric castle ruins are on the doorstep to be explored

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Best time to Visit

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The best and most popular times are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.

Of course, you can visit Kyoto at any time of year, although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Description

Sitting just below the picturesque Takeda Castle, this boutique property is housed in a historic sake brewery that has been thoughtfully restored to offer stylish accommodation and exquisitely prepared meals in traditional surrounds.

With a 400-year history as the Kimura Sake Brewery, this historic building is now home to a small, five-roomed boutique hotel at the foot of the iconic Takeda Castle. Traditional features have been restored and refined, while modern amenities ensure a comfortable, restful stay with thoughtful cuisine and a convenient location. 

The five rooms of Takeda Castle Town Hotel include four guestrooms in the main building and a four-bedroom annex with kitchen, living and dining areas that can be booked as a whole house. Throughout the property care and attention has been paid to the features of the old building, combining wooden beams, carvings and tatami mats with air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and WiFi. The two-storey annex boasts four bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen, along with its own separate entrance to offer self-contained living for a family or group. 

Housed in the former brewing area, the restaurant provides a chance to savour the flavours of the region while surrounded by the craftsmanship and cultural heritage of the building. Carefully sourced produce such as Tajima beef, Tamba black soybeans and Matsutake are transformed into delicious delicacies by the award-winning chef using a fusion of Japanese and French techniques. 

Just a short walk brings you to Takeda Castle, also known as the ‘castle in the sky’. These atmospheric remains offer a scenic vantage point from which to look out over the surrounding hills, a particularly picturesque panorama when the valleys are swathed in clouds. Many of the buildings in the surrounding area have been well preserved and a stroll around the town offers a taste of a bygone time. 

Offering a peaceful escape in historic surrounds, Takeda Castle Town Hotel is a restful and comfortable property which thoughtfully combines its past with its present and extends a warm welcome to its guests. 

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Location & directions

Asago, Japan

Takeda Castle Town Hotel is located in Takeda, five minutes from the train station.

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