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Matsumoto Castle

Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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More impressive and more informative tour than other castles

Small fee to get in, but the displays inside really explain the layout and use of the castle, so a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mackenzie G
Typical Japanese castle ...

It is a typical Japanese castle nestled in a park. It is one of the more impressive ones I have... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Singapore, Singapore
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Small fee to get in, but the displays inside really explain the layout and use of the castle, so a foreigner can get an appreciation of Japanese history and culture through the tour to a greater extent than some of the other places I visited....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mackenzie G
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is a typical Japanese castle nestled in a park. It is one of the more impressive ones I have visited and surely worth the visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting Japanese castle with fascinating history and exhibits. Some sections are currently closed due to building safety concerns.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Areohbe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had been hoping for the rooms to be set up like they were when the castle was in use. Instead, it was almost completely empty inside. There were a few samurai suits, a few signs with info...but otherwise just wooden floors, supports, and stairs....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of 12 castle in japan that still in their original form when their first built. And become one of the 5 castle that become Japan national treasure building. For adult ticket to go inside the castle was 610 yen. This ticket also can be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this castle in October and it was a great experience. All steps are very steep and high. It was a good workout to go up and down. Not suitable for people with some physical limitation.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KellyS197
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one of the oldest castles in Japan. you can see the reflection of the castle in the clear water. The red bridge gives it more color.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank HTamari
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An absolute 'must see' - fabulous castle; black crow. See outside by moonlight - gasp, so beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank alexineberry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an English speaking guide provided free by the local community, this was very useful and she explained the history of the castle which we otherwise would not have known. The castle is lit up at night and looks even more spectacular

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Warks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the castle involves leaving your shoes at the entrance and then getting up very steep steps inside making your way eventually to the top. Coming down such steep steps was even harder. Don’t wear a dress or skirt as people below can...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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December 11, 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.
November 23, 2017|
Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
There are crowds anytime of day. We saw the dressed up folks in the morning at 9am. Not sure if they are there in the afternoon.
November 20, 2017|
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Response from TPJN |
They’re ‘shachi’, a mythical creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal brings rain, so temples and castles were given these additions to protect them from fire.