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Matsumoto Castle

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Castle with a view. Beware: Lots of Steep Stairs

One of the few castles I really enjoyed viditing, despite the restoration construction going on... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alex I
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Calm and magnificent

Matsumoto castle is definitely should be in tour itinerary once you are in Japan. After spending 3... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jakarta, Indonesia
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of the few castles I really enjoyed viditing, despite the restoration construction going on. The view is excellent as it sits already at a high elevation. If you have weak knees or struggle with stairs, take note. There are some really steep stairs going...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Matsumoto castle is definitely should be in tour itinerary once you are in Japan. After spending 3 days in the busy life of Tokyo, it was definitely a big relieve to pay a visit to the small town of Matsumoto, in order to enjoy its...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good spot to spend an hour or two, the grounds are lovely and the castle very interesting in terms of history. The stairs are steep, and it was busy

Thank Barry M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth the visit. We spent an afternoon visiting the castle along with a lot of other tourists. But it’s understandavle why so many people visit it. Wear shoes that are easy to take off and put back on as you are not...More

Thank darwintraveller2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The real reason to come to Matsumoto, but visitors should not forget the smaller places that are also rewarding, notably the beautiful shrines.

Thank yvesjoseph
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The castle allowed us to climb up to the top floors. Some steps of the stairs were steep. Once reached the top floor, the breeze was cool and the view was nice. There were staffs in the Ninja and high rank ancient figure outfit on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was the one of best 3 castles I have ever visited in Japan. I was lucky to see some swans in the river surrounding this castle. Also the staff working here were willing to help tourists, particularly foreigners with their languages. ベスト3に入るお城でした!なんとも外観が素敵で、川に映る城の影と白鳥が居て写真を撮るにはとても良かったです。白鳥がいることはとても珍しいと思います。ボランティアスタッフの方もとても親切でした。

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

it is spectacular no matter in day or night. although the weather ws hot, we still stayed there for the whole day.

Thank Carey L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such an amazing building. When you're walking around the castle, you can imagine how life was back then and experience the whole package. It may get crowdy and some areas of the castle are steep or narrow, but nonetheless worth the visit. You get such...More

Thank Moni K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped for a few hours in Matsumoto on the way to the Japan Alps from Tokyo. We did not stay overnight but were able to store our luggage in lockers at the station (we were there on a busy day in August and needed...More

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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.