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.
4.04 weeks ago
Walked to the castle as it's close to the city centre. The impressive castle sits surrounded by a moat .This timber structure is over 400 years old .A fascinating visit .However a word of warning ...there are numerous steep stairs to climb to see the different levels .At the top the steps are almost ladder like .In some parts coming down seems more difficult .Anyone with knee issues or with mobility compromised ask questions first as our guide did not make mention of this
5.0a month ago
Great and impressive looking castle in the same named city. The entry fee isn't too bad and allows you into the inner area where there is a garden and the main structures. The inside has been kept authentic so you can see exactly how they built everything. There's information signs spread throughout the castle, and has an interesting old gun/musket exhibition. The best photos are probably taken from the outer area. Highly recommended place to visit
1.04 weeks ago
Actually a great historical place to visit...BUT...you get plastic bags for your shoes which you have to carry around the whole time in the building (sustainability???!!!)...why not provide a shelf or boxes or anything else in case of plastic bags??? Furthermore its really dangerous to climb the steep stairs just one handed. So please bring your own bags as long as this policy is not changed for a better and sustainable way!!!
5.0a month ago
Great castle and grounds, really enjoyed my time wandering around here. The castle itself is over a few levels and has a lot of quite steep staircases to go up and down so beware of that. It's very worth it though as the views are impressive and there's quite a lot of information cards around too. It wasn't too busy when I was there either which was a bonus, as I've seen pictures of huge queues to even get into the castle. Great place to spend a few hours, would go back.
5.0a month ago
It was a simply amazing castle. Being able to walk up to the top of a 400 year old castle is an incredible experience. The volunteer guides were very nice and spoke English pretty well.