Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

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Visit the 16th century complex of Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's most renowned landmarks, nicknamed "Crow Castle" because of its dark facade. Admire the imposing structure, the oldest castle remaining in Japan, notable for occupying a spot on a plain rather than the more usual hilltop. As you step inside the main building, you'll notice that the interior features authentic wooden pillars and staircases, while the second floor contains a collection of guns. Climb to the top of the main keep for panoramic views of the surroundings. See Matsumoto Castle and all Matsumoto has to offer by arranging your trip with our Matsumoto online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Matsumoto Castle was seen in the pictures. In black looks very trendy look with my own eyes at once, was one of the Castle you want. Look at real and was very impressed. A very beautiful castle with moat overlooking the Castle, made shoot view firmly, is satisfied. At 410 Yen entrance fee, you can climb to the top of the Matsumoto Castle. Experience which is also then climb many stairs quite steep but do not know, because I'm tired. Do I need I even finished watching the Castle down in steep fall. Go to Matsumoto is the unmissable castles.
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  • The Highlight of out trip. I would recommend to all!! I've visited a lot of castles in Japan, but I must say Matsumoto castle is my favorite. It has a great atmosphere and is well preserved and looked...  more »
  • Easy to access. Near town center . Small to medium size castle.limited car park. High slope ladder. Not recommend for young children and elderly people inside castle.  more »
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  • Another amazing piece of Japanese history perfectly preserved. There is not a huge amount of artifacts to see inside, but the experience and surrounding grounds are beautiful. Makes for some great photos. If visiting in winter make sure to wear two pairs of thick socks. As usual it's no shoes inside the castle and the floors reach zero degrees.
  • Very beautiful and scenic. The staff does a really good job ushering visitors around the castle for a smooth flow. A little bit of an exercise climbing the stairs, bad feeling for people without foot arches since you must remove your shoes. I also got good photos of beautiful Matsumoto City from the top floors of the castle.
  • Most amazing & extensive collection of flint guns I have seen. Ensure you wear thick socks in winter as you are required to remove your shoes to enter & I is totally open to the wind. Also the top levels have steep stairs just like on a ship.
  • Beautiful view from the top of Matsumoto Castle. I would recommend bringing sunglasses as they make it easier to see the mountains in the distance. On a bright day they are not visible unless you are wearing sunglasses. Also super cool is to take a picture with the samurai outside the castle gates. I believe one was licensed to have a real sword -- it was amazing.
  • Wonderful castle that was easily accessible from the train station. Unlike some other castles which have been converted to museums, only a small part of Matsumoto Castle housed some artifacts. As a result, you can get a feel of the actual keep, see the layout, look out of the windows, climb to the top floor and imagine what life could have been in the past. Note: you have to take off your shoes and carry them in a bag when you go into the castle. And the steps were really steep.
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