Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

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#1 of 2,356 in Historic Sites in Chubu
Visit the 16th century complex of Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's most renowned landmarks, nicknamed "Crow Castle" because of its dark facade. Admire the imposing structure, the oldest castle remaining in Japan, notable for occupying a spot on a plain rather than the more usual hilltop. As you step inside the main building, you'll notice that the interior features authentic wooden pillars and staircases, while the second floor contains a collection of guns. Climb to the top of the main keep for panoramic views of the surroundings. See Matsumoto Castle and all Matsumoto has to offer by arranging your trip with our Matsumoto online trip itinerary maker.
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  • A beautiful wooden castle in Matsumoto and the pride of the locals. We need to take off our shoe at the entrance of the castle to protect the structure. It was really crowded on the day we visited...  more »
  • Matsumoto castle is a middle ages war castle ,wood built ,and it is right now exactly like in its time ,long ago ,a witness of this type of military architecture whith small windows, posts for...  more »
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  • Our FREE private tour guide (from a booth as we entered) was so brilliant. She took us around the castle and explained everything to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide and all she wanted was for us to get the most out of our trip to the castle. Their conservation of the site is excellent and I saw on display a set of armour I have not seen before of a samurai equipped to fight with a musket versus a bladed weapon. Stunning.
  • Matsumoto city is beautiful. Small city, but so full of charm. It’s easy to get there, but if you mistake trains it’s gonna be a long time to the city. You should definitely plan ahead since touristic spots close at 5pm, last chance to go in being 4:30pm. The castle is breathtaking, and it still has its original design and parts. I think it’s definitely a must while visiting Japan. I think it’s one of the most awesome ones. Definitely top place. Plus, it’s a good spot if you’re someone who gets tired of overcrowded places.

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