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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5.0in the last week
Beautiful, definitely worth paying the 600 yen per person to go into the castle. The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. Inside the castle the exhibits are really interesting and paint a picture of what life was like. The views from the higher levels are wonderful. Definitely worth a trip to Matsumoto
5.0a week ago
Really nice castle, entry fee is fairly cheap and worth it. However allot of the information is only available in Japanese so you should ensure to take a leaflet with your language on at the entrance. Also beware stairs get steep inside the castle.
4.0a month ago
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 :)
5.04 weeks ago
Nice castle view. Outer area is free to access and take a popular photo with light up in evening. Inner one doesn't have much photo spot, but worth if you like the Japanese history. Entry fee for adult is 610 yen.
5.02 months 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!