Matsuyama Castle

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Matsuyama Castle
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,692 contributions
One of my favorites, it was beautiful!
Nov 2020
The Matsuyama Castle is impressive and well worth visiting. It is one of Japans original castles and probably one of my favorites. You can either walk here or take a lift up, I walked and man it was steep. Once at the top the castle complex is large. I paid to enter the main keep, which was well worth it. This castle actually has some items on display to see like armor and weapons. Once you arrive at the top of the keep you get phenomenal views of the city of Matsuyama. This castle was bigger then I expected, I really enjoyed it and highly recommend everyone to visit.
Written November 10, 2020
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PLAHP
Tokyo, Japan275 contributions
Authentic
Feb 2020
This is one of the most beautiful black castle in Japan as opposed to the famous white castle in Himeji. You can easily walk up to the donjon. I like the night view better.
市街地にあり歩いて天守閣まで登れる美しいお城です。昼間ならお店も空いていると思いますが、夜の景色も素敵です
Written May 7, 2020
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Russell C
Geelong, Australia106 contributions
A Must Do in Matsuyama
Mar 2020 • Solo
This was one of the reasons I chose to stay in Matsuyama and it was a good choice. The castle is perched high on a hill overlooking the city with views out to the Seto Sea. The views alone are worth the visit. The castle is magnificent with a wealth of artifacts and information on display. Try some mandarin juiciest the gates before making the climb or you can take the chairlift - ropeline - to the top. However, I recommend walking at least one leg of the visit to see the various baileys and gates that encircle the main tower building.
Written April 10, 2020
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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
Most Impressive ... and enjoyable!
Apr 2019
Having visited a number of provincial castles in Japan, Matsuyama immediately shot to the top of my list of the most impressive. Viewed from a distance, its' elevated position makes it very photogenic whether viewed in the daytime with the multicoloured foliage in the foreground or floodlit at night. Even close-up, it is equally impressive, and walking up to the Main Bailey there are numerous informative signboards explaining the many gates, turrets and other defensive fortifications.
There's not many castles with the novelty of a Ropeway (at least part of the way up) and it's worth the hike to the main castle enclosure itself, if not for the expansive views of Matsuyama ,but for the delicious speciality flavour ice cream (vanilla ice cream topped with Matsuyama orange marmalade!).
Elected to descend from the castle using the footpath on the other side of the hill down to Shiroyama Park, which proved to be tougher than envisaged; not only is it steep and rough with lots of steps, but the distance is deceptive as it endlessly zig-zags back and forth.
Most Impressive ... and enjoyable!
Written March 28, 2020
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BelindaL_17
Singapore96 contributions
Must visit if you're at Matsuyama
Feb 2020
One of the more beautiful and complete castle in Japan. We took the chairlift up and the ropeway down the castle, and it was 520 yen for a round trip. There's quite a walk from the rope way to the castle entrance, and you have to be there by 4.30pm for last entry. The castle is very well maintained and very impressive. The stairs within the castle is quite steep and narrow, so do be careful if you have difficulty with stairs. It would be most spectacular during sakura season.
Written February 25, 2020
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pasherry
United States897 contributions
On of our favorites
Nov 2019 • Couples
Having been to several castles, this was one of our favorites. Perched on a hill you can reach it by cable car or chairlift. We did the chair lift to the top, not steep and quick. There are stairs leading to the gate, but not too bad. This castle is very picturesque and the views from the top of Matsuyama are great. Samurai displays are very good. There is a souvenir shop and ice cream stand that has delicious tangerine(mikan) cones and juice. Take your time and enjoy the castle and views.
Written November 17, 2019
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David R
Bathurst199 contributions
Tour
Oct 2019
Yet another "Must Do" when here.
As well as being in itself very impressive, the views from the top are also great.
Written November 5, 2019
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ChoongSH
Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia447 contributions
A castle you should not miss
Oct 2019
Throghout Japan, I had visited many castles and this is one of the best, that you must visit. When I say castle, it involves the environment, the surrounding and the castle architecture....I cycled from Matsuyama station, and then walk along the stairways, until I reach the castle, at the top of the hill. It is beautiful walk and the castle is very beautiful, especially when it is sunset time. It is worth to pay a visit.
Written November 5, 2019
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QSMPEK
Almeria, Spain191 contributions
Well worth the visit
Oct 2019
This is a super castle on top of the hill in Matsuyama. We went up in the cable car but you can take the chairlift - not much to stop you falling off the chair though!
Traditional dress for all the attendants - friendly people took pictures of us with our camera - great posing opportunity!!.
Great view from the top - 360 degrees all around and over the city and across to the sea.
All traditional wood built
You can dress up in samurai gear if you're not too big.
Excellent display of pieces from the history of the castle
When we went there, it was really quiet at midday - very few tourists
Written October 31, 2019
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GregoryTan_SG
Singapore, Singapore947 contributions
One of the must stop at Matsuyama
Oct 2019 • Friends
If you are visiting Matsuyama , this is one of the must stop.

- cable ride 520yen for two way ride
- cable ride is every 10 mins
- chair Ropeway ride is very fast . Not dangerous and there is a safety net below you. Not steep and you can consider to take if the wait for the cable ride take long
- bring sun block for this visit.
- rainy day to visit is not advisable
- there is a free samurai station for u to try wearing and taking picture before you walk up the castle.
- there is a Samurai mascot to take picture with
- wheelchair bound person maybe a bit diffcult to travel there
Written October 26, 2019
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