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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. To visit Matsumoto Castle on your trip to Matsumoto, use our Matsumoto tourist route planner.
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  • It was a cool look of black Castle. The gates somehow in front of the Castle, Ninja Castle has there, was thanks for the welcome. Overseas tourists welcoming services. Weak legs Castle during the floor is cold, because the stairs are very steep and recommended winter does not. Then I would want to go in the summer.
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  • Magnificent Castle located in a park. Photos sublime to do especially near the bridge. See also night of course
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  • We happened to go on the 3rd Jan - Matsumoto Castle "Gate Opening" Ceremony and event. There were people dressed up as ninja, warrior and geisha for photography opportunity as well as some performance...  more »
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  • Definitely worth the entrance fee! Castle gardens are very nice, there are people dress up as geishas and samurais in the gardens. The castle itself is very interesting. The only downside is that there are no English descriptions on the inside of the castle. However, to compensate for this, just before you buy the tickets look out for a tent where there are volunteer guides that can give you an explanation.
  • What an absolutely magnificent castle and location. This castle is a "must see". I visited the top floor but it wasn't worth the effort. If you see the castle, you will never forget how beautiful it is.
  • This castle alone is worth the visit to Matsumoto. The keep dates back from the 16th century. It makes for majestic views at all times (even at night as it is is well lit). There is useful information on every floor. Consider coming early in the morning to avoid the crowds. If you've got some spare time in Matsumoto check out Daio wasabi farm which is a good, family oriented side trip.
  • From the outside it's beautiful but not very different to otber castles in Japan. The inside is total crap. It's not worth the admission fee. It feels like a queuing-up lesson through boring rooms with nothing in it. Better learn a little bit of japanese patience or you will go mad after 5 mins.
  • This is one of the top three genuinely preserved Japanese castles I have visited, along with Himeji and Matsuyama. Set against the snowcapped mountains and surrounded by a moat, the black castle is very photogenic, especially during cherry blossom season. The wooden interior remains and there are many informative notes about what you are seeing inside. Be warned that there are some scarily steep ladders inside!