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We did not have time to go inside but it was worth to go and just watch from outside its stunning... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Liliana F
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The castle is a stunning sight, both inside and out, and at all times during the day. If you visit... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Catherine S
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did not have time to go inside but it was worth to go and just watch from outside its stunning and verry beautiful garden.

Thank Liliana F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The castle is a stunning sight, both inside and out, and at all times during the day. If you visit early then you may be able to see people walking around dressed as samurai and have your photo taken with them. Shoes have to be...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you go to Matsumoto, you must see this castle. It is beautiful and well preserved. It is a nice walk around the castle.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The castle looks great on the inside and outside. If you have difficulties walking, don’t go inside, the stairs are very steep and some of the steps are quite high. If you have the chance, go the castle in the evening, after sunset, because the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let me be clear the castle from the outside is magnificent. The surrounding and inside garden are also really nice. However, the inside is a bit disappointing if you are used to European castles. The inside is made of wood en undecorated. It contains a...More

Thank Arlet S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although incredibly and unseasonably hot, the castle was a most impressive place to visit, in very tranquil surroundings. Worth it in every way, and with expansive views of the town as well.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The city provides a free English speaking guide for the castle which was great especially considering that many of the exhibits did not have translated information.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ao much better than expected, the stroll through the castle keep, through the old wooden structures and old weapons (and other) they showcase, was very enjoyable. Also definitely check out the museum next to it, it's already included in the ticket! Some interesting stuff there,...More

Thank Levin G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely stunning. Beautiful castle with a fascinating history. Volunteer guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, definitely something you should do. The items on display were really interesting as you wind your way through the castle. Beautiful garden that is lovely to wander. There were also...More

Thank JCorrosion
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hd a few hours to spare so I walked ove to the castle. I saw the free Enlish speaking guides. A big sign saying not tips or cost. Lovely people wanting to practice their language skills and meet other people - as well as sharing...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.