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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  • We took a day trip here from Hakuba. This was a very interesting tour and beautiful grounds. Well worth the time.  more »
  • Very well preserved Castle (it is not a new building at the same), in a beautiful park.
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  • Located in Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, Matsumoto Castle is a small castle. Castle is the rare castles remains at that time.
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  • 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.
  • An imposing building, beautiful both inside and out. If you have time to go inside, I'd recommend it just to see the construction. It's one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. The exhibits are also plentiful and interesting (lots of weaponry, with a little english description). The steps/stairs inside are steep. It's a sight to behold with the snow capped mountains in the background.
  • A must see if you head the Nagano area. Although it did go through major renovations, the original features still exist and it is in great condition. Full of historical facts and a great collection of artifacts inside. The structure means you may end up queuing to climb up and down the stairs which may be difficult for people with small children or disabilities. The view of the alps from the top is worth the climb. The castle park is equally beautiful and the staff are incredibly friendly. Lots of cosplayers visit, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for good photos.
  • Worth to visit the castle during October, whether is just perfect, luckily soba festivals is going on. The castle got long history and the construction was so beautiful from outside & inside. They displayed the antique s and other items inside the castle. We can go through till the top but the stairs are narrow. View from the top is amazing .
  • The castle is unique in that it lets the visitors have a glimpse of what Japan used to be like during the times of feudal lords. The structure itself is very interesting and breathtaking at the same time. It’s a bit cold in winter to walk inside the structure barefooted but bearable.

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Where to stay in Matsumoto

Matsumoto strikes a balance between the old and the new in its accommodations, as it does with most other aspects of its urban design and culture. The area directly around the main train station houses many of the newer options in town, including some large hotels, both basic and luxury, and a couple of smaller, family-run options. The more historic area north of here has hotels and "ryokan" (guesthouses) with a little more history and character, and with the main attractions of the old town on their doorsteps. The surrounding rural area features a number of hotels with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) and campsites.
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