Kakegawa is a middle-size city famous for its castle and its green tea production. As the city is located at almost the mid-point between Tokyo and Osaka, I hope that, during your Japan tour, you will get off a bullet train (shinkansen) here at Kakegawa Station and enjoy a short walking tour featuring the attractiveness of this region.
What to Expect
・The highlight of this tour is Kakegawa Castle, which was originally built about 500 years ago and flourished in the Edo Period. Although the castle tower was destoryed in the earthquake of 1854, it was rebuilt in 1994, using the original blueprints from 1644. The guide explains the history of the castle.
・The present structure of the Ninomaru Palace was built in the late Edo Period. Taking off our shoes, we can tour the inside, and the guide explains how each room was used.
・You can also taste the local Kakegawa green tea served in the authentic, traditional-style tea house.
・To go to the top of the castle tower, you need to climb a lot of stairs. Some stairs are steep and may be a little demanding for some people. So please tell me beforehand if that's going to be a problem.
・If you are not very much familiar with the transportation system of Japan, it may not be very easy to get to JR Kakegawa Station. I think we will have an opportunity to exchange text messages prior to the tour. So I hope I will be able to help you get there and answer any of your travel questions via text.