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Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

Categories: Scenic Walking Areas, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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. To visit Matsumoto Castle on your trip to Matsumoto, use our Matsumoto tourist route planner.
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  • Unfortunately part of the stone wall was under construction. Many carp in the moat around the Castle. Fall is pretty shallow, but there is no fence, so watch out!
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  • Matsumoto Castle is the oldest original castle in Japan and classed as a national treasure. I found it to be fairly low-key and not as packed with tourists as most other historical attractions in Japa...  read more »
  • Shape is beautiful. Visit from eating lunch by Shinshu Soba. Will be a good exercise. Lots of attractions guide, I might as well as. They say it was free.
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  • One of my favorite castles in Japan. Such a beautiful and well known castle. I really liked the tour around the castle. You get a good impression how it was long time ago.
  • Beautiful unique architecture sets this castle apart from other Japanese castles. Take pictures at sunset over the water and watch the koi and swans, then head out to a restaurant in search of horse meat or basashi
  • It's a very nice castle. Also the surrounding area is beautiful. Even though I had to queue for some time in order to get it, the choice of passing by was the winning one!
  • We were lucky to have a free guide. Very beautiful castle with a exhibition about firearms inside. You have to take off your shoes and it's really cold, so put on an extra pair of socks.
  • 非常に美しい! This castle is truly the loveliest castle I've seen so far. The trees have almost completely blossomed, it will be a truly beautiful sight when they do.
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