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
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5.0a month 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.
5.0a month 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.
5.0a week ago
Impressive castle. There is a waitng line of 1 hour (in my case) but is worth the wait. Don't expect to many artifacts inside, more like to see the way it was constructed. Nice view from the top. Not suitable for young children or older people because of the steep stairways.
5.0in the last week
Loved this place, one of the only originals castles in Japan, you walk inside without shoes, climb through steep staircases. There is very cool gun exhibition, with very rare and cool guns. The view from the top is also very nice, in a clear day you can see all the snowed alps that surrounds the city! A must visit in matsumoto
4.0a week ago
A magnificent display of ancient architecture and fire arms. The grounds are well maintained. The self guided tour requires a little patience due to the confined space and large number of people.