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Matsumoto Castle

4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-32-2902
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Magnificent Castle, Amazing display of ancient weapons.

We arrived just before opening hour to avoid the crowd. The castle looks magnificent from the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
One of the remain castle from Edo period. only 12 places in the whole Japan

Matsumoto Castle is a rare place where there is a castle tower. The remaining castle tower from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived just before opening hour to avoid the crowd. The castle looks magnificent from the outside. Inside, there is an interesting display of ancient weapons. For those who are visiting during winter, beware the cold floors (you need to take off your shoes, but...More

Thank LLTan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Matsumoto Castle is a rare place where there is a castle tower. The remaining castle tower from the Edo period is only 12 places in the whole Japan. If you want to go inside the castle on a holiday, you have to prepare for a...More

Thank matu4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a chilly January Saturday, early morning and at the time, there werent many people in line yet, only waited a couple of minutes to get in. Removing shoes and carrying it with you in a plastic bag was mandatory, the floors were...More

Thank krystelcochico
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved touring the Japan's oldest remaining castle, but regret not wearing warmer socks. Shoe removal is mandatory - and the castle was bitterly cold in January. The worn wooden floors were both cold and slippery (so at times dangerous). We would recommend thick wool...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gorgeous castle - one of the oldest wooden buildings in Japan, if I remember correctly - deserves a few hours of your day, and visit at night (even a quick one, if its December and freezing). I took a guide (they're free) but didn't...More

Thank CaitlinBrady
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the castle as it was listed as.one of the must see things to do - well I would say it was ok. However there are far more better ones elsewhere within Japan. So I would say if in the area visit, if not dont...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this castle. The view from outside the castle is spectacular. One of the highlights is the cosplay characters which offer photo-taking opportunities. It is just a short bus ride from the Matsumoto bus terminal

Thank YL G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Himeji is the all white castle and Matsumoto is the all black castle. This castle boasts simple strength. It was really interesting to learn about how it was a war castle and how they built it with a hidden floor that can't be seen from...More

Thank shinjirarenai
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most attractive original medieval castles of Japan. Its distinct black silhouette is the most characteristic landmark of Matsumoto. Worth a trip.

Thank Ioannis D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was super cold, snow gathered sporadically under the trees. A moat surrounds the castle full of gaping carp rising to the surface as you gaze into its depths. The castle sits high on a rock wall occupying a commanding view of the surrounding landscape....More

1  Thank lithiclotus
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12 December 2017|
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Response from HKChing | Reviewed this property |
We got our tickets at the gate. I was there in Mid November and the castle was not full. Since you need to take your shoes off before entering the castle, make sure you have warm socks. The wooden floor can be cold.
21 November 2017|
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Response from Eamonn R | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are two and are a type of dragon headed fish, with a meaning in Japanese edo period or earlier, I am sure there is text somewhere that will help you to find a explanation, as the castle is the oldest in Japan, and... More