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.
5.02 weeks ago
One of Japan’s oldest original castles. From the outside the castle is picturesque, even on the rainy day that I visited. Currently (September 2018), that are restoring the moon viewing tower, which means a part of the castle is covered in white sheeting. It’s still possible to get nice photos if you choose the right angle. The inside has a nice collection of period firearms donated by a local family.
Near the entrance there’s a free guide service provided by volunteers available in at least English and French.
5.0a week ago
One of the wooden castles which survived and haven't had to be rebuilt. There are volunteers who give you a free tour around the castle in English and Spanish (you have to buy just the entrance ticket). Our guide was really lovely and funny person so it was a great pleasure to have a such trip. To whole castle by itself is also interesting and it was the first one which we visited. Around the castle there is a small garden and a moat with carps.
5.02 months ago
What an impressive castle! The grounds are well maintained and the path to get to the castle lets you take beautiful pictures.
Inside, the castle has a collection of rifles and lots of information about how the castle was defended.
They warn you that the stairs are steep and they aren't joking! The staircases are very small and very steep but staff are nearby if you need any help. I saw one staff member help an elderly woman down the stairs with her bags.
A really cool place to visit! And in walking distance from so many other places.
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5.02 weeks ago
(visits 2) (total castles visited as posting: over 35) this really is one of the best castles in Japan. The castle itself is big and beautifuly restored and maintained. The castle park is one of the most beautiful I have seen.