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Matsuyama Castle, Matsuyama
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Visit Matsuyama Castle to experience a centuries-old structure that offers a peek into feudal Japan. Originally built between 1602 and 1628, the castle has undergone careful historic restorations twice, first in the early 19th century after a lighting strike, and again after American bombing in World War II destroyed parts of the building. Access the castle, which stands atop a mountain, from the city center via cable car, chairlift, or on foot. Climb the castle's steep, narrow stairs to appreciate the panoramic views of Matsuyama from its towers. Put Matsuyama Castle into our Matsuyama vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Said Castle is located 132 m Summit, from big road tram tram on foot from 5-minute ropeway Castle ropeway is other tourists from China was. Ropeway down a gate to keep quite a walk. Great view from the mountain and Castle. In the honmaru can be taken in the costume of a Samurai.
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  • By using the lift or aerial tram, the castle is walking or running, go to Castle Park. 360-degree views from the Castle Tower.
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  • On the lift and go up to the Summit is a splendid Castle. Dressed in body armor and can take pictures. Because they are excellent views from the Castle Tower is strongly recommended. It is nice to drink beer, in the tea house at the foot of. Sunny day is best.
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  • Really beautiful, worth a visit. You can even wear an armor! Do I need to say anything else?
  • This is one of my favourite castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle. The top is quite pretty and has a beautiful views of Matsuyama. There's also ice cream, food stalls and bathrooms at the top before you enter the castle itself. It's one of the original castles around Japan and the castle complex below is vibrant with a really relaxed atmosphere. There's also a garden (with an entry fee) within this castle complex at the base of the mound that's worth a visit.
  • One of Japan's best castles. It's on a hilltop in the middle of the city so it has great views. the chairlift is a nice way to get to the castle
  • This place is gorgeous and the panoramic view from top is breathtaking! Unlike the concrete castle in Osaka, this castle is still preserved in wood. Chairlift up the mountain was fantastic!
  • One of my favorite castles in Japan. Go there a couple hours before sunset to explore before watching the sun set over Matsuyama.