Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift

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Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift

Matsuyama Castle Ropeway / Lift
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Peter R.
By Peter R.
Recommend the Gondola ..... in both directions!
Apr 2019
A pleasant walk up (the aptly named) Ropeway Street brings you to the lower Station, purchase your ticket from a machine (single, round trip or combined ticket with Castle entrance), then make your way up to the 3rd floor for your choice of transit; - To your left is the Ropeway Gondola (capacity 47, every 10-mins), which takes only 3-mins, - To your right is the Ropeway Chairlift (single seats), which takes a more leisurely 6-mins. Although your ticket is good for either mode of transit, be warned that the chairs have no safety bars or restraints, so are not suitable for youngsters or old folks like me with a desire to extend their longevity as far as possible. Whilst there is a safety net some way below the chairlift, the thought of extraction from this was sufficient for me to elect to take the gondola. Sharing the gondola with a bride and groom (dressed in their wedding finery!) and one other passenger, the journey up took no time at all to reach the upper Station, from which you have a further 10-min "hike" to reach the Castle entrance. After a leisurely 90-min stroll around the Castle and grounds, I elected to forgo my return ticket by Ropeway and walk down the other side to Shiroyama Park. Deceived by the fairly swift journey up and tired by 4 ~ 5-hrs exertions already that day, I completely underestimated how tough that descent is, and wished I'd stuck to my original plan (Ropeway down and take the tram to Shiroyama Park).

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Peter R.
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions
Recommend the Gondola ..... in both directions!
Apr 2019
A pleasant walk up (the aptly named) Ropeway Street brings you to the lower Station, purchase your ticket from a machine (single, round trip or combined ticket with Castle entrance), then make your way up to the 3rd floor for your choice of transit;
- To your left is the Ropeway Gondola (capacity 47, every 10-mins), which takes only 3-mins,
- To your right is the Ropeway Chairlift (single seats), which takes a more leisurely 6-mins.
Although your ticket is good for either mode of transit, be warned that the chairs have no safety bars or restraints, so are not suitable for youngsters or old folks like me with a desire to extend their longevity as far as possible. Whilst there is a safety net some way below the chairlift, the thought of extraction from this was sufficient for me to elect to take the gondola.
Sharing the gondola with a bride and groom (dressed in their wedding finery!) and one other passenger, the journey up took no time at all to reach the upper Station, from which you have a further 10-min "hike" to reach the Castle entrance. After a leisurely 90-min stroll around the Castle and grounds, I elected to forgo my return ticket by Ropeway and walk down the other side to Shiroyama Park. Deceived by the fairly swift journey up and tired by 4 ~ 5-hrs exertions already that day, I completely underestimated how tough that descent is, and wished I'd stuck to my original plan (Ropeway down and take the tram to Shiroyama Park).
Written March 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Geoff333_13
Cronulla, Australia389 contributions
Best way to the top
Oct 2019
Best way to the top and best way down for those unable to handle the steep climb. Cable car is large and the chair lift is fine on the way down although you are not strapped in. Wouldn't be allowed in most countries.
Written October 26, 2019
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Sean Liu
Taiwan1,312 contributions
One of the must-do activities in Matsuyama
Oct 2019
If you are heading for Matsuyama castle, be sure to include this as part of your trip. It's located at the entrance of the castle perimeter and provides an alternative way besides walking up to the castle. The cable/lift are same-priced, but with a different experience. The cable can accommodate more people during a 3-minute period. The lift can only seat one person during a 6-minute ride, and it's recommended to people who want to pursue a little bit of thrilling and exciting experience. You can also directly see Matsuyama castle along the way.

My personal suggestion would be to take the lift on your way up to the Matsuyama castle, and walk down when you are ready to leave. The walk down is about 10 to 15 minutes easy walk and is also pretty enjoyable. In this way, you get to have diverse experiences here when visiting Matsuyama castle.
Written October 23, 2019
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Lynn M
London, UK135 contributions
Fun route down the mountain!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Chair lifts and cable car provide a less energetic way down from Matsuyama Castle. Chair lifts with no seatbelts! Fun either way but sit still if you’re taking the open chairs!
Written October 4, 2019
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hinau
Auckland, New Zealand459 contributions
not a lot to see, but pleasant
Sep 2019
Went up in a gondola, the chairs looked a bit precarious. Pleasant walk down. Readily accessible from downtown
Written September 19, 2019
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Donald Grant
3 contributions
Relaxing way to get to the top
Jun 2019
We started our "Hidden Japan Travel" tour with this chairlift to the castle. Our guide cleverly arranged for us to get there before tour bus loads started to line-up
Written September 11, 2019
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tlarraya
Community of Madrid, Spain245 contributions
Fun!
Aug 2019 • Family
The chair lift is fun. Even though it doesn't have any bar or restraint, the seat has enough depth (to your knees) and there is the pole and bar you can hold so it's not scary but quite exciting.
Written August 23, 2019
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JB-in-SB
Santa Barbara, CA58 contributions
No seatbelts!
May 2019 • Family
Which makes it a bit more exciting than the average. But I will take chair lift of all forms and sizes.
Written May 14, 2019
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BetsyLiverpool
Liverpool44 contributions
Yes, it is a bit scary using the chairlift but the castle is worth a visit
Apr 2019 • Couples
Yes, just a plastic chair without any sort of bar or restraint. I was a bit hesitatant but as you have to wait for the cable car to fill up just went for it. It's ok going uphill as gravity pushes you back into the seat. Going down is another matter........

Hold on tight.

You have to make your own judgements but wouldn't recommend for young or old.

Had a great time exploring the castle at the top, great views and lots of blossom.
Written May 3, 2019
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ozteddy
Brisbane, Australia463 contributions
Good
Apr 2019 • Couples
Anyone who has spent time in Japan can appreciate anything that saves climbing steps as they are everywhere, so this was a complete no brainer. As another review stated, safety wise it would not be allowed in the US or Australia, which is an even worse 'nanny state', as there is no safety belt or anything to stop you falling off the seat - that said you can't fall far as there is netting underneath - so it's not something for small children - but it saved my knees the trip so I loved it.
Written April 24, 2019
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