Matsumoto Castle

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Matsumoto Castle
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Yi Qin
Singapore, Singapore204 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
A beautiful wooden castle in Matsumoto and the pride of the locals. We need to take off our shoe at the entrance of the castle to protect the structure. It was really crowded on the day we visited but everyone move in an orderly manner.

We took the free guided tour and glad we did as it helps us learn more about the history of the castle at different period of time. The guide was very knowledgable and explains to us on interesting facts and the functions of each level with passion as we walk along. Stairs are quite steep especially at the top level and we get a see a great view of the city once we reach the top.

Written March 22, 2020
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Tucson, AZ2,396 contributions
Feb 2020
In wintertime, the sun sets early after closing time. There are wonderful photos to make at 5 pm (sunshine) and 6 pm (dusk) with the reflection on the lake. This castle is interesting inside because it is like a museum (many things to see, as opposed to the Himeji white castle, empty inside).
Written February 9, 2020
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Jay 林
Singapore, Singapore171 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is always the one castle in Japan I wanted to visit and I got my chance.

It's a 6-storey building which was built with ancient method made of wood.

Upon stepping on the compound, we was greeted by a warrior on the path towards the castle. You could take a photo with him.

You have to remove your shoes in order to enter the castle as not to ruin or damage the wooden floor.

The stairs are very steep, high and uneven, so be careful. Not recommended for people who can't climb the stairs.

The one thing I didn't expect was, the wooden floor was freezing. You can feel the frozen point through your socks. Maybe summer will be much pleasant.

The whole castle have attendants at every floor especially beside the staircase. They will advice you to be careful due to the steepness of the stairs.

Also, your tour will be guided by ropes so that you will go through every inch of the castle.

You can see diaplays of building's decorated ornaments, clothes and especially weapon, barrelled guns. There are explanation on how it was introduced to Japan and how Matsumoto Castle have these little windows for this weapons so it can be defended upon.

The castle is surrounded by a moat and there is a fancy red bridge nearby connecting the castle to its outer ground.

Once you reached the top floor (6th floor), uou can peek out at every windows and catch different view of the City. It was very windy too on that wintry day.

On the ground, there is a photo exhibit of all the castle and castle ruins in Japan.

On the outer ground, this will be the most picture perfect area. You can try to capture the castle with snowcap mountains in the background.

Somehow, some ducks don't fly south during winter, you can see them in the moat.

To wrapped up this review, try to visit it at night as well, you won't regret it.

I regret didn't try to visit it in the night on the account of tired feet. 😅

Written January 21, 2020
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Doha, Qatar7,145 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Good train connections to get to Matsumoto with a really scenic train ride if you are coming from Nagano (1 hour). The castle is around 15 minute walk from main Matsumoto train station..easy to find. Entrance fee payable. As this is the oldest remaining wooden castle in Japan you have to take shoes off at entrance and carry with you in plastic carrier bags provided (which they recycle at end of tour). On each floor there are interesting exhibits about the castle history as well as a commentary played in Japanese and English on each floor. Great 360 degree views of Matsumoto and the surroundings mountains. As other visitors have warned the wooden steps between each floor are super steep so very challenging for the less abled. There are attendants by each staircase to monitor and help. There is a souvenir shop and restrooms outside of the castle but in the beautiful grounds. Lots of great photo opportunities from the gardens across the moat back to the castle. Beautiful historical Japanese castle. Must see as part of any visit to this region of Japan.
Written January 31, 2020
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British Columbia, Canada3,125 contributions
Oct 2020
after an hour walk to the japan ukiyou museum and back, and a restorative lunch we came along here.
magnificent appearance.
known as the fukahsi castle when founded in 1550.
renovated in the early 1900's and 1950's.
one of japan's premier historic castles.
a flatland castle as not on a hilltop or amid rivers.
the wooden interior feels pleasing, has steep stairs, and there is a museum for guns and weapons on the second floor, not of an interest to me.
lovely chrysanthemum exhibit.
many cherry trees on the grounds which must be amazing in the spring.
we crossed the metoba river and ended up in a really interesting area, the nakamachi street, that had old aura storehouses lining the street.
some lovely shops, had a gelato, and a delicious almond slice at a bakery.
all wonderful.
we were here in oct. 2019 and due to covid its taken me this long to write about my experiences.
we had come here after doing the magome tsumago walk and from here would return to tokyo on our last visit to japan.
have had wonderful experiences in this country.
Written February 12, 2021
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United Kingdom50 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
When l was told we were visiting a a castle, grey blocks of stone came to mind( l clearly wasn’t thinking logically) I was amazed to see this massive, towering wooden structure before me! Yes Japanese castles are made from wood. They have moats and tiny narrow windows for firing weapons out of and other familiar features but l have to say they are quite different from the English versions. They have a hidden extra floor that you cannot see from outside, this is just one unfamiliar feature!
We were put into groups of 5 or less and shown round by retirees who were practicing their English, what a wonderful idea! Our guide was very amusing!!
A word of warning, there are lots of steps inside, some of them steep! But make the effort, it’s well worth it!!
Written February 16, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore9,837 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Walked to Matsumoto Castle from the JR station. Great piece of architecture and find yourself stepping back in time few hundred years back.

Surrounded by a moat with ducks and swan, you can just stroll around the spacious castle grounds or pay a small fee to enter the castle and walk around inside.

Our favourite photo spot is by the red bridge which offers some great photo opportunities.

Lovely place to visit.
Written February 5, 2020
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William S
Kobe, Japan1,181 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Matsumoto castle is beautiful and iconic. As you enter, the mountains make a wonderful backdrop. There’s an entry fee and you must remove your shoes. Do go inside to see what the interior of a castle would be like. The steps are quite steep (not for the elderly or mobility impaired) and take a bit of effort to navigate. Lots of photo opportunities through the higher openings. Having a guide would be more informative but much of the information (hight, dates, names of sections) goes in one ear and out the other. The grounds are quite nice but not extensive.
Written February 14, 2020
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Oberst v
12 contributions
Dec 2020
We actually liked this castle better than Himeji although the snow capped mountains made our photos spectacular. The castle is undergoing repairs with dredges and booms and pipes in the moat that surprisingly didn't show up as obvious in our photos as it sounds. Work was being done inside also but the vast majority was open. Nice collection of match lock firearms and other antiques.
You have to remove your shoes. Walking around in sock feet in near freezing temps made us hurry a lot more than we normally would have liked. If you go in the winter, take warm slippers.
Castle is even more impressive at night. This was our first stop after the hotel (Celectron Hotel a little less than 1 km away). From here we went to the Kaichi Gakko Elementary School also less than 1km away.
Written December 23, 2020
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10 contributions
Dec 2019
I like the experience visiting this Castle because the structure of the Castle is well preserved. I went during Dec 2019 and it was cold. You have to remove your shoes to enter and you'll be given plastic bags where you will need to bring them along your shoes with you. There are also some exhibits of the weapons used during war. The wooden stairs within the castle could be very steep, depending on which level you are at. Be sure to hold on to the railings for support. The view from the top floor is great! If you are at Matsumoto, I think this is a good place of interest to visit :)
Written March 10, 2020
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