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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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice visit on a humid morning. We took the chairlift which was nice and reasonably priced. Walk throughout the forest on the way down. Castle was lovely. Nicely renovated.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Second visit could be chosen 100 Castle was Castle as pleasant. During the 8-day visit is indeed hot. The aerial tram, survived.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The road to the Castle stands high is also the sign that says "trailhead". It is a landmark, Matsuyama-Shi. If you go with the intention to use the ropeway midsummer, so the lift had lifted both return. It is a small resort feeling. Ishizuchi mountain to climb up to the Castle, overlooking the Matsuyama city, far and Kyushu. Terracing, the wind was breezy.
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  • July 23, 2017
    I only saw some castles in Japan, but that's what I've found so far fascinating. I can really breathe the atmosphere that was once. To go you can choose between ropeway or a long steps.
  • June 11, 2017
    Very well preserved castle to let you experience how great is the engineering of ancient Japanese. This castle is located at the top of the Matsuyama city, which you can enjoy 360 degree of landscape . Also ,you can access to the top of the castle and understand the internal structure of the building. The rope rail is worth to try, great fun.
  • July 22, 2017
    Well maintained castle. Beautiful view of Matsuyama city from the top. Lots of sakura trees and I imagine the view must be magnificent during sakura season. Too bad I didn't visit during sakura season. Great to catch sunset here too.
  • March 27, 2017
    Fantastic highlight when visiting Matsuyama - this is the best experience I've had in Japan visiting a castle. You can climb up or take the nearby cable car. It's well worth going inside for all the exhibits (also in English). You can dress up like a samurai, hold a sword, and look out from the top for a spectacular view.
  • December 27, 2016
    Excellent display of history, the workmanship, attention to detail and design are excellent. I have seen a few castles in Japan and like all including this one, they are all unique with their subtle differences. The display of swords, speers and body armour is impressive, there's even a cabinet where you can feel the weight of the swords used in battle-so balanced. The higher you climb the better the views of Matsuyama.

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Where to stay in Matsuyama

You'll find hotels and other accommodations dotted across the center of Matsuyama, with the Nibancho district northeast of the main train station offering perhaps the greatest variety. From high rise-hotels to side-street hostels and guesthouses, the area offers accommodations to suit a range of budgets and styles, close to all the amenities and attractions around Shiroyama Park. Farther northeast, the area around Dogo Onsen offers a number of hotels with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas).
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