Against the backdrop of the northern Japan Alps and sprawling highlands, this castle stands magnificently as a symbol of Matsumoto city. Dating back to the late 16 century, this is Japan's oldest wooden castle and one of four castles listed National Treasures (the other three being Inuyama, Hikone and Himeji). Among 12 castle keeps existent in Japan, it is the only one built on plains, rather than on a hilltop.
The donjon, attached with three turrets, has walls mostly covered with black clapboards, earning it the moniker of "Crow Castle". Interesting features include openings to drop stones onto enemies, and a turret built for moon viewing. Cherry trees bloom gracefully in mid-April and peonies in early May. The huge moats are very beautiful with red bridges and koi carp.
Purposecherry blossom viewing,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 83.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a month ago
Matsumoto castle have stunning structure from external and Nice garden around. For internal have small museum shows weapons and some painting work described about this building function in the pass. The castle worst visit and have to be careful for steep floor between each floor. Many tourists come to visit so quite crowded. And it is walk distance to old building market and frog road.
You can try or take course for fresh soba around that road. Very yummy inside old market and have cute coffee shop and many Cake and snack to try. You will Enjoy it ^^
5.0a month ago
Matsumoto Castle is probably the best castle that I have visited in Japan. Most castles in Japan have been reconstructed as many were either destroyed by earthquakes, war or torn down during the Meji restoration period. However Matsumoto Castle is one of the few castles that have survived thanks to the local people and government who petitioned and raised funds for the preservation of the castle.
It is an all wood castle and the structure is really impressive, especially when you considered the primitive technology in the past. The castle grounds are well-maintained and looks immaculate. There are samurai and ninjas in costume around to take photos with them for free.
Going into the castle, you have to take out your shoes to prevent dirtying and contamination of the castle. The stairs are rather steep, at a 40-50 degree angle incline and some are even 40cm apart. There are helpful staff at every stairs to remind people to watch their step and head as some of the beams can be hazardous. If you have a walking disability, I would recommend not going in. They have many exhibits showcasing life in the castle, including samurai uniforms, gun museum on level 2. Most exhibits have English translations. The top has a spectacular view all around and is a good place to rest and catch your breath before going back down the steep stairs. It is rather windy and breezy at the top too.
All in all, Matsumoto Castle provides a really good authentic castle experience and is one of the highlights of Matsumoto City. It is lit up at night too and looks quite nice.
5.0a month ago
That is a historical place . It was made a long time ago but still be protected and still in a good condition until now. The scene around the castle is beautiful with very fresh air. And if you want to go inside, you have buy a ticket but it's quite cheap so don't mind. You can see the beauty of a castle that all made of wood, and its stair is very sloping but The guides is very helpful, and they always take care of you .there for, don't worry
5.02 months ago
Beautiful intact castle with minimal restoration, Matsumoto Castle has survived over the years and is a must-see landmark of this area. The inside hosts many exhibits of cannons and weapons used by samurai. Be aware, there is a lot of climbing involved if you visit. The stairs are very steep and you have to climb a lot of them to get to the top then back down again. Also, you will be asked to remove your shoes before entering. You will be given a bag to carry them through the castle.
5.02 months ago
The castle is really beautiful. The surrounding make everything great, with the garden and the mountains in the background. The tickets are around 600yen and you can walk in the garden and get inside the castle climbing the steep wooden stairs. I would not recommend to get inside if you are not comfortable with them. Furthermore inside there is not much to see and as there stairs are narrow there is always a lot to wait to let people pass. I think they could plan it better maybe adding art pieces in the room and letting limited group of people at time.