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Matsumoto Castle

Travel Guide - Matsumoto Castle


Matsumoto Castle, which is the oldest castle in Japan, still containing it is original wooden donjons, has 5 layers but 6 floors and is one of four castles designated as a National Treasure in Japan. The othe National Treasure castles are Himeji Castle in Hyogo, Inuyama Casele in Aichi and Hikone Castle in Shiga. It is said that the donjon of Matsumoto Castle was built around 1593 to 1594 by Ishikawa Kazumasa and Ishikawa Yasunaga.
Since it was built in the Sengoku Period (Warring state period), Matsumoto Castle, which is uncommonly built on flatland, was focused more on its armament rather than its comfort as a residence. Historically, it has been highly valued as a castle built during the early stage of modern castle building in Japan.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 17:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • December 29 - January 3

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Combination ticket with Matsumoto City Museum: 610 yen (General, Adult)
  • Combination ticket with Matsumoto City Museum: 300 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 15 minutes walk from Matsumoto Station on the JR lines or Alpico Kotsu Kamikochi Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 4-1, Marunochi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, 390-0873


Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-04-18
#Matsumoto #Castle in #Nagano Pref! One of the historical castles of #Japan, beautiful all the year round! →https://t.co/4t9ZRBnun2
FANTASTIC JAPAN @fantasticjapan0 - 2019-04-18
Matsumoto Castle is a castle in Nagano Prefecture😍
Tenshu is one of 5 castles designated national treasure😘… https://t.co/ECpVdlnm2k
Inside Out Japan @insideoutjapan1 - 2019-04-18
What's your favorite castle in Japan? Matsumoto Castle is one of the best ✨
#insta #instagramers #instaphoto… https://t.co/EfxLLQoet4
Jom Comyn @JomComyn - 2019-04-18
Day 7: Matsumoto. Cherry blossoms coming out my ears! Amazing place. #japantour2019 #sakura #matsumoto… https://t.co/eAQXIPoN1N
Omega Academy @OmegaAcademyFL - 2019-04-18
Matsumoto Castle and a fuckload of cherry blossom https://t.co/r1fQGddI8p
ScoringLive @scoringlive - 2019-04-18
BVB: Castle: 3 - Radford: 1 [Final] 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 | J. Matsumoto (CAST) - 2 kills, 2 blocks, 3 aces, 3… https://t.co/XM2NYXyI21
datayoung @datayoung - 2019-04-18
2019-4-18 8:30am @ Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/0hqYjiEPk4
Anja @CamsShortcake - 2019-04-17
It's so pretty #matsumotocastle #matsumoto #nagano #japan @ Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/TxtABxHOxC
JapanJustForYou @japan_just - 2019-04-17
A4 This is a difficult choice, but overall I prefer classic architecture. Visiting magnificent buildings such as Ma… https://t.co/eh4mZ6GiN8
PacSet @PacSetTravel - 2019-04-17
Having a picnic outside Matsumoto Castle under the cherry blossoms!!! #pacset #pacsettravel #travelamongfriends… https://t.co/bLCWwADl3y
PacSet @PacSetTravel - 2019-04-17
The many views from the top of Matsumoto Castle! #pacset #pacsettravel #travelamongfriends #pawprintpathways… https://t.co/B8l8vrYO21
Vic Viper @ WUG FINAL SSA がんばっペ! @aoba_anoa - 2019-04-17
@braket maybe, I'll let you know but apparently the sakura at Matsumoto castle are beautiful so it's tempting while they're still in bloom
cathie @cathieleyy - 2019-04-17
Night time Cherry Blossoms. There were traditional musicians playing Totoro and it was very cute.
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2019-04-16
#Matsumoto #Castle in #Nagano Pref! One of the historical castles of #Japan, beautiful all the year round! →https://t.co/4t9ZRBnun2
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-16
Linking back to the thread on yesterday's adventures around Matsumoto Castle.

ジェナ @jennamichellee8 - 2019-04-16
The blooms were full and vibrant at our favorite castle tonight. 🌸🌙 #桜 #松本城 @ Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/grpXBV8yvk
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-15
Fabulous and photogenic Matsumoto Castle 😍
#Matsumoto #Japan #MatsumotoCastle https://t.co/HfG7CbfoZO
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-15
Great views from above if you take time to climb Matsumoto Castle's 6 story tower. Careful if you have vertigo, the… https://t.co/XJSyUCIA82
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-15
Matsumoto Castle is open late for one week after the cherry blossoms open (Matsumoto-jo Sakura Matsuri). The castle… https://t.co/T7u6KqUME4
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-15
Started and ended the day at Matsumoto Castle. #Matsumoto #Japan #nightphotography https://t.co/Ddb0ZnGlw6
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-04-15
Visiting well-preserved Matsumoto Castle today. Couldn't have asked for better weather or prettier blooms 😎 https://t.co/x1I7r1XuO0
Kenichi @JapanIam - 2019-04-15
Matsumoto #Castle #nagano prefecture - #japan #ig_japan #instagramjapan #icu_japan #wondersofnippon #wu_japan… https://t.co/XbD0FL5OdS
TM OFFICE @TMOFFICE2 - 2019-04-15
Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/Baky5gd8C6
Becky Blow @MissBlow - 2019-04-14
Matsumoto Castle (Crow Castle) was built in 1504. But I’d say she doesn’t look a day over 500!
#matsumotocastle… https://t.co/0WPnNNwGmr
Kristine Ohkubo @AuthorKristineO - 2019-04-13
#Photos from previous #travels in #Japan ❤️🇯🇵❤️ #Matsumoto #Castle #Nagano https://t.co/AtVhJb8B6D
LadyTravels2013 @LadyTravels2013 - 2019-04-13
An illuminated Matsumoto Castle and surrounding cherry blossoms. Beautiful! https://t.co/Rrrb71nm5A
藤岡浩志 @hiroshix107 - 2019-04-13
The cherry blossoms at Matsumoto Castle are very beautiful.
Japan Travel @JapanTravel - 2019-04-12
Nagano's cherry blossoms will be in full bloom next week! Surrounded by tradition and the Japanese Alps, the prefec… https://t.co/PuRQc2QVhw
LadyTravels2013 @LadyTravels2013 - 2019-04-12
Matsumoto Castle, built over 400 years ago, is a National Treasure...with really steep stairs! https://t.co/xkbYrY6Cof
cathie @cathieleyy - 2019-04-12
Cherry blossoms are finally starting to bloom here. We had two mini winters after the main big one, so it was nice… https://t.co/MB03pXdHq7


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