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Matsumoto Castle

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I could take thousands upon thousands of photos of Matsumoto Castle. Definitely worth going to and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Nice town

This review is about the area around the castle. Nice and clean area around, lots of interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sagamihara, Japan
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I could take thousands upon thousands of photos of Matsumoto Castle. Definitely worth going to and climbing to the top of the keep.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This review is about the area around the castle. Nice and clean area around, lots of interesting houses and buildings and beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the city

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jktrock
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful authentic castle - surrounded by 3 moats and nice kept grounds. Inside there is a small collection of weapons and English explanation. Please note - it is a steep and narrow climb, with traffic sometimes in both direction .. so not advisable for people...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank poplarkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This castle dates back to the 16th century. Unlike many of the castles in Japan which had to be rebuilt after the war, this one is original. The grounds are gorgeous, and the inconveniently steep staircases really emphasize that the castle was made for war,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank alexanderh391
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive castle. Beautifully maintained more than 70% of the structure is original. With a small but interesting armoury. Climbing the very steep stairs was quite an experience. The floor was very cold; extra socks are essential. Excellent voluntary guide he was informative and gracious....More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank perthtravellerhc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and photogenic place, worth the visit! However there was no heating in the castle, so my foot was frozen and i was too distracted from the cold to slowly look through the exhibits. Do wear thicker socks if you are visiting in Winter! It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Daphne K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After 10 years of travelling around looking at Castles all over Japan - I eventually made it to Matsumoto. Beautiful looking castle surrounded by a moat (actually 3 moats) that is every bit impressive as I had read. Interesting, though small collection of armour, guns,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank V2361LAks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is accessible by bus and we can buy daily pass for yen 500 or 800 for adult and half for child. Entering the castle area is free but we have to pay yen 400 to enter the castle building. I didnot enter the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank irman_nf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a travel blogger travel (Sparkinheart) around Japan and this was something I really wanted to see. It’s a great place for pictures and scenery videos however note that you will need to pay 400 yen ($4 USD at this time) to get into...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank sparkinheart
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was shocked at the authenticity of this castle. I've been in other ones in Japan where they have gutted them and turned them into modern museums. This is still original and ancient! Please note: You must be able to climb ladders with very steep...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Cavi
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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.