National Treasure Matsumoto Castle "Takiginou"

Sightseeing information about National Treasure Matsumoto Castle "Takiginou" in Japan.

National Treasure Matsumoto Castle "Takiginou"3.4

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 from 8/8 '19 to 8/8 '19


Alongside Hikone Castle, Himeji Castle, Matsue Castle and Inuyama Castle, it is one of the 5 National Treasure castles. Among the existing Gojyu-rokkai castle towers, the National Treasure Matsumoto Castle is known to be the oldest, and on August 8th Takiginou is held as the annual event for every summer.

The Noh stage illuminated by fire lights (Kagaribi) is wonderfully fantastic, and when the National Treasure Matsumoto Castle floats in dusk, the sounds of the drum and the whistle echoes, and the Noh instructor dance will allure the viewers into a world of delicate beauty.
After watching the fire light stage, the magnificent Matsumoto castle emerging in the dark night is also a must-see!!
Duration time: 17: 30 ~ 20: 30 (opening 17: 30, starting 18: 00)
Venue: National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Honmaru garden Special stage
Entrance fee: from 15: 00 until 20: 30, Honmaru garden is free
※However, those who climb the castle tower from 8:30 to 18:00 (last entry is 17:30) will have additional fee charged
Admission fee: Free
Cast: Noh "Hosho-ryu " Hosho Kazufusa Master
Activities: Noh / Kiyotsune, Kyogen / Kagyu, Noh / Nue
When the mountain ranges of the Northern Alps are dyed in madder red color, a burning ceremony is held in the Honmaru garden. It brings out the uniqueness of the stage and spectators with unique outdoor performances. Enjoy the Japanese traditional arts at midsummer night.

Entry fee for Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto city museum main building will be free from August 11th to 19th if you visit in Japanese style wear such as Yukata or Jinbei. Let's walk through emotionally rich Matsumoto castle and the old good streets of the castle town.
Duration time: 8: 00 ~ 18: 00 (last entry 17:30)
Venue: Location National Treasures Matsumoto Castle / Matsumoto City Museum Main Building (adjacent to Matsumoto Castle)
Admission: Free, when wearing Japanese clothing (Yukata / Jinbei) ※since the stairs in the castle are steep, there are parts that are difficult to climb.
During the summertime extension period, guests who visit with Japanese clothes will be entitled to enter the National Treasures Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum Main Building free of charge.
Please walk along experiencing the old good streets and culture of 'Matsumoto Castle' or 'Castle Town' with emotional rich sounds in Japanese clothes.

Summer special public exhibition of Taikomon (inside Taikomon turret)
Publication period is 51 days from the release date July 14th (Saturday) to September 2nd (Sunday)
Opening time: 8: 30 ~ 17: 00
Venue: historic site Matsumoto Castle Taikomon
Admission: Free
Contents The Taikomon Gate was built around Bunraku 4th (1595), and the Taiko-roh placed on the gate Taipei Ishigaki played an important role as a source of signaling for times, signs for towering castles, cues for urgent messages, etc. It was restored in March 1999 and is open to public three times every year in April, July and October.

Access: 15 minutes on foot from JR Matsumoto Station

Purposeeasily accessible,elderly,world heritage,knows a lot about Japan,shrine/temple,sightseeing
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5.0a month ago

I was very happy to be able to witness it with my own eyes the famous castle. Before I was contented watching it in TV or in pictures but never dreamt of coming here. Well wishes do come true.
I war also amazed by its magnificent architectural design and the history behind it. I hope to visit again.

5.03 weeks ago

The castle has displays inside & it's not overly big so the steep stairs are few. Beautiful grounds with colorful trees. I loved how the samurai put on a good display while posing with you!!

5.02 months ago

Good travel by Express Train to Matsumoto from Nagoya.
Good landscape view between the valleys when out of Nagoya.
It is good for One Day travel starting from Nagoya.
It is hard to go to Matsumoto Castle's top room due to the slope of ladder. The angle is sharp!! Unbelievable...

4.02 weeks ago

Nice Castle in good condition, still using many of the original materials (rebuilt in 1950s).
You can get a free guide in English or Japanese (not sure about other languages), for about a 1 hour tour.
It also nice to walk around to see the castle from various angles (you can do this without entering or paying). Not that all other buildings that would normally be in the compound have burned down, so not much else to see.
About. 10-15 min walk from either the train or bus station.
As of Nov 2019, some renovation is ongoing, with scaffolding on 1 side of the structure, but most of the views are either hiding the scaffolding or not too bad, visually.

5.02 weeks ago

Whether you visit during the day or evening, you will find beauty everywhere you turn. I highly suggest seeing the castle during a full moon, it is a spectacular treat!