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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Matsuyama Castle and many more Matsuyama attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Matsuyama day trip site .
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  • Is a landmark for the people of Matsuyama, but low popularity nationwide. This is the place to promote more. Make it walk, close to downtown. Ropeway; You simply take a look at.
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  • The view from the castle is a must see. Fun peek before the Castle gift shop. Tap the orange juice. Is the sorry history of the Edo period, a fine Castle is a beautiful castle.
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  • He must love the buildings for their forms. Those of this castle are unique: the walls in the shape of bow of boat type "icebreaker" or "Roman galley" very elegant! The view from above is interesting. The Interior is uninteresting. I spent a good time to take pictures of the walls since the paths: must love... Great memory!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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