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Great for Japanese historical lovers

If you know the history behind this castle like we do this place has a lot of historical meaning... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
sakuramelodymusic
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Toronto, Canada
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Back to old times

Not easy to climb the staircases. Nice view from above. Learning more about old times. Funny show... read more

Reviewed March 28, 2018
annelis53
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Germany
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

Yeah this place was nice but there's not much left and I just feel like there are more castles that are worth visiting. I came here because I was in the area but I definitely didn't think that it was a must see attraction.

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Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the castle so much, it was great to see it and all the weapons on display. I felt like there wasn't much left inside but it is great to see how the castle was and use my imagination to figure out the rest!

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Reviewed March 18, 2017

Said to be one of the finest Castles in japan, bring your slippers to climb to the top! Views over the town to the (in March) snow covered mountains that fringe Matsumoto. Visit the nearby municipal museum and see the plans of the original feudal castle and it relationship to its town...mooted!

Thank davidmgeer
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Reviewed March 7, 2017

Its literally just a moat, four walls and stairs leading up to a platform where the main castle keep use to be. The main entry gate is still fairly intact and a plaque shows the entire castle complex in it's former glory and provides some background. You can probably finish the whole thing in 15 minutes.

Certainly skippable if not for the close proximity to Matsushiro Eki and all the other interesting things in Matsushiro. It's literally right behind the old Matsushiro train station that's no longer operational but now doubles as the Matsushiro bus stop from Nagano station. There is a sign for 2,000 yen ramen on top of an old dilapidated long-closed shop across from the station. Pretty damn pricey for a bowl of ramen even in 2017. It's probably from when Japan was an economic\export superpower somewhere between the 1960s -1980s.

Coincidentally while on the way to Matsushiro I saw an old, stocky, Japanese man at least in his 60s running in on the sidewalk in red, white and blue shorts and an open-arm tank top with a giant eagle print. Now I was in jeans, t-shirt,sweater, and coat sitting inside a heated bus but damn this old guy was tough. In winter Nagano is a freezing-cold, long narrow valley surrounded by the tallest mountain ranges in Japan with icy wind gusts. This is where they held the 1988 Winter Olympics and here this guy was showing the world what's up.

Thank Redflyer99
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Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Interesting place but I wouldn't say it was amazing it was interesting and quaint for Japan but compared to international castles I wouldn't make a special trip Only to see this. It was nice to be able to walk through it but it's just bare wood inside and very narrow and steep stairs. The best bit of the castle was the ninja posing outside.

Thank Travelbug98765
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