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Matsumae Castle, Matsumae-cho

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Matsumae Castle is a castle located in Matsumae in Hokkaido, Japan, and is the northernmost castle in Japan. It was the home of the Matsumae Han of the Matsumae clan. It is perhaps the only traditional style Edo period castle in Hokkaidō.HistoryBuilt in 1606 by Matsumae Yoshihiro, it burned down in 1637 but was rebuilt in 1639. Later, modern defences were built on the site in 1850. The donjon of Matsumae Castle was 30m high. In 1875, the administrative building, three turrets, and an artillery position were torn down, before the remaining donjon and main gate burned down in 1949; it is now all a park.It once controlled all passengers through Hokkaidō to the rest of Japan.
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  • We were about an hour early for opening, but were let in anyway. Really happy about that, and the castle was great too.  more »
  • This is a beautiful castle and surrounding park. However, we just missed the Sakura season. The museum is a few floors but all explanation in Japanese, it would be better if there is English translati...  more »
  • Like many castles in Japan, not much really remains of the original castle, and if I remember correctly, the current tower is a reproduction, and is a museum. It is unique for being the northernmost c...  more »
  • One of the 100 famous castles. Despite the long long way through bus, it was worth the time. It will be beautiful during sakura seasons.
  • I think we went in the wrong season because it was depressing and nothing charming about the visit.
  • Worth the trip to see the Sakura blooms, but its also nice in the winter and without the crowds to boot!
  • I didn't go inside the palace, but the surrounding park is very beautiful indeed. I went there on a Monday evening and had the whole park to myself. Lots of tables and benches -- a fantastic location for a picnic.
  • Have a good view