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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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  • Iyo-Matsuyama Castle retains one of 12 original main keeps in Japan – it is a gem of a castle with a vast complex of structures and defensive works. Taking the winding route into the Tenshukaku (main ...  more »
  • Fab castle which towers above Matsuyama and is accessed via either the chairlift or cable car. Lots of steep stairs inside but the climb is worth it. 
  • Walk to lifts and return, but is enough to walk round. Produces a good sweat. Lift tickets are sold in round, so listen to the staff. Staff it's very good
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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.