Matsumoto Castle

Sightseeing information about Matsumoto Castle in Japan.


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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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4.0in the last week

Nice castle and great to visit. If you want you can climb up the tower to have a great view over the city. You need to take off your shores when you get into the tower. Some stairs are pretty steep. But it is really interesting to see the castle and its rooms from inside. There is even a secret floor which you can’t see from outside :)

5.0a month ago

The scenery here is truly breathtaking. Also breathtaking (in a more literal sense) are the crazy-steep stairs heading up to the top. I cannot imagine samurai going up and down those things in full armor. Gift shop had a guy dressed as a ninja outside for pictures. Just really cool all around!

5.0in the last week

The castle is beautiful. Most of the displays inside have both English and Japanese, but there are some older blocks of Japanese text unaccompanied by English versions. Staff are very polite, but they will address patrons who block traffic on the steep stairways. The castle walk-through is not wheelchair accessible and may be difficult for some people due to the very steep (estimated 65° angle), thin stair steps on the upper floors. Overall, I thought the castle was interesting for both architectural and historical reasons.

5.0in the last week

Beautiful castle. Interior has very steep stairs (didn't see wheelchair access options) and a nice exhibit of antique firearms. About 15 minute walk from Matsumoto Station.

5.0in the last week

Beautifully preserved castle. Well worth the train trip from Tokyo. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and tour groups. There is a gentleman in samurai gear who wanders the castle grounds and takes free photos with visitors. Also, there are English- speaking guides who provide free tours. Inquire at the castle entrance.

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