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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.
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
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
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
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
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.