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Matsumoto Castle

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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-32-2902
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Highlight of out trip. I would recommend to all!! I've visited a lot of castles in Japan, but I must say Matsumoto castle is my favorite. It has a great atmosphere and is well preserved and looked after.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LindaHigashi12
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy to access. Near town center . Small to medium size castle.limited car park. High slope ladder. Not recommend for young children and elderly people inside castle.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressive place. Lucky for us that we got a volunteer English speaking guide. It was a wonderful tour. The museum next to the castle is boring, skip it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elads
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great heritage site which is a must-see. The steps inside are steep - so keep your hands free. No photographs are allowed inside above a certain floor so pack the camera as well. Nice walking areas around the castle

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ravi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband bought the ticket and went inside, I stayed in the car. He said there wasn't much to look at. He took some photos of the castle from outside. That's at it!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dong Hai H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really cool experience to walk around the castle and climb up to the top, it’s really beautiful castle and also cool building and learn some history!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dododad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Matsumoto, make sure to visit this historic and pretty amazing castle. We went there in winter, so the parkland around it looked a bit bare but I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would look at other times of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank machinedownunder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the castle was the main purpose of my trip to Matsumoto. I had hoped to see this black castle surrounded by snow, but the weather did not cooperate. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment of this unique castle. I think it is the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you’re around, don’t forget to drop and see this majestic structure. It would turn you back time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank vgal0579
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Matsumoto Castle was never attacked and as such it is intact. There is an outer and inner moat. Once approaching the castle there is ample paid car/coach parking. Be warned there are steep steps ( like those in a small ship) to the 6 floors...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.