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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  • For visiting the Golden Castle of's 90-minute show at 15 o'clock. Had become 40 minutes later and once again near the entry deadline 17:15 (GW I and extended sales). Slide ending just in time to slowly climb to the top and from behind the man, offers a small scaffold. We recommend fewer people can be up and down a steep staircase without stress so late.
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  • Truly was a national treasure and Castle. I think it's the most beautiful movie ever. I could only look next time I come in would like to see.
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  • We only spent half a day in Matsumoto and have visited different castles. Initially doubtful whether to visit yet another castle. But indeed worth visiting. The palace grounds are beautiful. The wiste...  more »
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  • Beautiful intact castle with minimal restoration, Matsumoto Castle has survived over the years and is a must-see landmark of this area. The inside hosts many exhibits of cannons and weapons used by samurai. Be aware, there is a lot of climbing involved if you visit. The stairs are very steep and you have to climb a lot of them to get to the top then back down again. Also, you will be asked to remove your shoes before entering. You will be given a bag to carry them through the castle.
  • The castle is really beautiful. The surrounding make everything great, with the garden and the mountains in the background. The tickets are around 600yen and you can walk in the garden and get inside the castle climbing the steep wooden stairs. I would not recommend to get inside if you are not comfortable with them. Furthermore inside there is not much to see and as there stairs are narrow there is always a lot to wait to let people pass. I think they could plan it better maybe adding art pieces in the room and letting limited group of people at time.
  • I had the chance to visit many castles in Japan, and in my opinion, this ones can be considered as one of the most beautiful and well-reserved among them. The admission fee is quite expensive compared to other local tourist spot but it's worth the value. The architecture is very unique, and it has very steep wooden stairs. But what I'm impressed the most is the observation deck at the top, which can help visitors to look at the views over the surrounding city. I recommend you visit the castle in spring (around early April) to take advantage of cherry blossom spot in the castle grounds, where you can have a hanami and take good pictures.
  • The history and castle is absolutely beautiful. There are free English speaking volunteer tour guides that are so kind and friendly! I highly recommend visiting this place whether you are a tourist or a local as it is so rich in its history and culture. This was my second visit and it was even better than my first time.
  • A nice Japanese castle placed in the middle of sweet garden. Easy to take picture of the castle you can spend around a couple of hours walking around it. I decided to not enter to visit it because I have already seen several castle in Japan and they are quite similar. However it was worth to see in particular for the nice contrast between the red bridge and the darkness of the castle. Worth to see. Note that Matsumoto is not a noticeable town so if you go there a night would be fine.
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