Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go see Takeda Castle (aka the inspiration for “Laputa: The Castle in the Sky”) with friends! We drove all night to Hyogo prefecture and then hiked to the top of a mountain for about an hour (starting from about 4 am I think). It was freezing cold, but I was sweating by the time I reached our destination. In turn, that means I started to get really cold again once I settled into a viewing spot.
We couldn’t have chosen a better time to see the castle. The fog was extremely thick and everything was bathed in a beautiful purple glow. I could vaguely see the light blue shape of the castle peeking above the clouds. As the sun started to rise, the sea of clouds lit up blue around the mountainous “islands” and the golden castle walls.
Josh took some amazing pictures for us which I will be posting later. Until then, here are a few photos from my cellphone and the friends that went with us!