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“Beautiful Castle but very crowded”
Review of Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle
Ranked #1 of 111 things to do in Matsumoto
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Darwin, Australia
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22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Castle but very crowded”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Having seen several of the castles Japan has to offer, I can say Matsumoto Castle is one of the more picturesque of the bunch. It is shrouded in lots of interesting history which you can learn about when taking a tour inside. Tours are free and English guides are on hand which is a great service but you can pick up much of the history from information boards in each area of the castle which almost doubles as a museum in some areas. The only advice I can give is to avoid the weekends if possible. I visited on a Sunday and half way into the castle there was bottleneck of tourists, turning a 20-30 minute tour into a 1 hour tour. Also, like many other temples and castles in Japan, the course is linear and can't be backtracked, so if you do go on a weekend or public holiday, expect to deal with large crowds. On the whole though, Matsumoto Castle is a beautiful landmark that should not be missed if you are heading to or from the highlands!

Visited June 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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“Free Private English-speaking Guide”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

When we entered a young woman offered to guide us as part of the services including in the visit. Having our own well-informed English-speaking guide was a great bonus. We spent over an hour visiting the castle asking questions, and experiencing the castle. The castle itself is in excellent shape and very interesting architecturally. Great weapon collection if you are interested in such things.

Visited July 2013
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Berlin, Germany
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50 reviews
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

If you cant speak japanese then ask for the japanese volounteers at the entrance that will guide you through the castle and explain everything to you in english! We had a very nice elderly woman who was so helpfull and cute in explaining everything to us! Thank you!!!

Visited June 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Maybe one of the only black castles”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

You can easily walk from the train station to the castle in less than 15 min. You will pass the timepiece museum just before you cross the river. After you pay, there is a tent with some English speaking Japanese guides (ours was a retired salaryman 78yo.) After getting some pictures take with a samurai we went up to the castle. Our guide was very friendly and helpful. We all had to take our footwear off and place in plastic bags that we lugged around the castle until the end. I think we went up every level (including the hidden floor) Aside from steepness on some floors (no wheelchairs) it can also be slippery. Inside there was a good exhibit describing guns and ammunition. (they had good English explanations as well)

Visited July 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Would be breathtaking to see in 4 seasons”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Its a beautiful Japanese Castle with its black exterior and, the Red bridge that was closed on the day we went late June 2013.The Warriors would of been very fit in those days as the stairs to each floor is steep and its all wood inside so in Winter can you imagine how cold it was then.My husband who's 6"2 kept bumping his head when climbing the stairs.The city we wished we could of stayed there but just having 10 days in Japan didn't give us much time and we came here 2 days before leaving to go back to Darwin Australia and we found a nice Irish Theme pub just down the road from the Castle and the food was great.I had a curry,best curry ever.Its a very nice little city.

Visited June 2013
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