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Beautiful authentic castle - surrounded by 3 moats and nice kept grounds. Inside there is a small collection of weapons and English explanation.
Please note - it is a steep and narrow climb, with traffic sometimes in both direction .. so not advisable for people...More
This castle dates back to the 16th century. Unlike many of the castles in Japan which had to be rebuilt after the war, this one is original. The grounds are gorgeous, and the inconveniently steep staircases really emphasize that the castle was made for war,...More
Very impressive castle. Beautifully maintained more than 70% of the structure is original. With a small but interesting armoury. Climbing the very steep stairs was quite an experience. The floor was very cold; extra socks are essential. Excellent voluntary guide he was informative and gracious....More
Beautiful and photogenic place, worth the visit! However there was no heating in the castle, so my foot was frozen and i was too distracted from the cold to slowly look through the exhibits. Do wear thicker socks if you are visiting in Winter! It...More
After 10 years of travelling around looking at Castles all over Japan - I eventually made it to Matsumoto. Beautiful looking castle surrounded by a moat (actually 3 moats) that is every bit impressive as I had read. Interesting, though small collection of armour, guns,...More
The castle is accessible by bus and we can buy daily pass for yen 500 or 800 for adult and half for child. Entering the castle area is free but we have to pay yen 400 to enter the castle building. I didnot enter the...More
I am a travel blogger travel (Sparkinheart) around Japan and this was something I really wanted to see. It’s a great place for pictures and scenery videos however note that you will need to pay 400 yen ($4 USD at this time) to get into...More
I was shocked at the authenticity of this castle. I've been in other ones in Japan where they have gutted them and turned them into modern museums. This is still original and ancient! Please note: You must be able to climb ladders with very steep...More
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.
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.