Akechi Castle 明智城 (Gifu Prefecture)


Akechi Castle is located in Akechi-cho in Ena Gifu Prefecture. Akechi is the supposed birthplace of the famed Akechi Mitsuhide. The castle at Akechi is ruins and there isn't anything remaining. There are sign posts along the way with information in both English and Japanese that explain the history of the castle and surrounding area of Akechi. From the castle ruins you get a nice view of Akechi primary and Akechi middle school.

Public Transport
Dogs Permitted

Getting there

You can get to this hike by either taking the Akechi Tetsudo Line to Akechi Station (change trains from JR Chuo Line at Ena Station) or by driving and parking at the free Taisho no Mura carpark (across from the Valor). 


At the trailhead there is a map

Route/Trail notes

From the carpark, walk towards the bridge on the right and cross it. Go down the street where there are some old buildings from the Taisho period. Continue past this street, on the road you should see signs that point you towards the ruins of Akechi Castle. Continue following these signs. It will take you up a hill. The track starts besdies the Roman no Kan where you enter the forest. Continue along the forest path and head up the hill towards Akechi Castle. You will pass a few shrines along the way. Feel free to stop at them. Also look out for bears. 

At the peak there is a bench you can sit at and have lunch. 

Follow the same path back. I recommend also taking a sticky beak at some of the museums along the way, they are somewhat interesting. 



Other References

Good luck finding any other information about Akechi Castle in English. If ever in doubt, use Google Maps!

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