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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


Barrett 🇺🇸🇯🇵 @barrettish_ - 2018-12-15
A 400 year old castle, Yayoi Kusama and nice people - I thought Matsumoto, Nagano was a pretty good place to visit… https://t.co/xWqfcp9b9P
Japan In Images @JapanInImages - 2018-12-15
Matsumoto castle is a prominent historical site to be visited. https://t.co/gDlzIexrY5
S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2018-12-14
松本城天守閣 Matsumoto Castle Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles. The building is https://t.co/gInQKAQGMf
Travel Japanese App @traveljpapp - 2018-12-13
Discover Winter’s Wonders in Nagano Prefecture’s Castle Town of Matsumoto 🏯 https://t.co/INaocc2gQL (HT:… https://t.co/pCrU4fa4vY
discover japan now - Lena Shiratori @discoverjapann1 - 2018-12-12
@AestheticsJapan @JapanTraCul I visited Matsumoto Castle yesterday! I was happy I had wonderful hospitality from Ka… https://t.co/uxvwPD0Fli
discover japan now - Lena Shiratori @discoverjapann1 - 2018-12-12
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xiaojun @xiaodeejun - 2018-12-12
Matsumoto Castle in Winter
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日本 @AestheticsJapan - 2018-12-12
Matsumoto Castle in Winter
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Ace Perez @acejunerell - 2018-12-11
The most complete and beautiful original castle in Japan, a true national treasure - Matsumoto Castle. #WhenInJapan… https://t.co/llIJjP5aaf
Anie ✨5 is my treasure number @mynamelessname - 2018-12-11
Another stunning view of Matsumoto Castle @ Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/1XWfMBHT2k
JapanTravelBug @japantravelbug - 2018-12-11
@travthroughlife @funtravelchat @CharlesMcCool @HeidiSiefkas @twodriftersxo @DanaHFreeman @Nicolette_O… https://t.co/xYIgulyPdy
S. J. Pajonas @spajonas - 2018-12-11
松本城天守閣 Matsumoto Castle Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles. The building is https://t.co/W1aifR01cL
Tokyo Weekender @Tokyo_Weekender - 2018-12-11
From ice sculpture and candy festivals to milky white hot springs, the castle town of Matsumoto has more to offer t… https://t.co/vKTnVcCNn1
Andrew Buenaviaje @doyzkie - 2018-12-10
Had a quick stroll around Matsumoto before heading back to Tokyo. And one of my favorite spots here is this secondh… https://t.co/jTw8CZP3CC
Anie ✨5 is my treasure number @mynamelessname - 2018-12-10
Just posted a photo @ Matsumoto Castle https://t.co/I3p782Uft1
Anie ✨5 is my treasure number @mynamelessname - 2018-12-10
So beautiful. I can’t believe it’s real. And the weather is chilly but perfect for taking pictures. @ Matsumoto Cas… https://t.co/wcxEbilKFu
Brett Franklin ✈️🇺🇸🇯🇵 @singledigitseat - 2018-12-10
At the train station waiting for my train to Matsumoto Castle. Japan Alps in far distance. Home of the 1998 Winter… https://t.co/aYWdA3QU0t
Brett Franklin ✈️🇺🇸🇯🇵 @singledigitseat - 2018-12-10
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Brett Franklin ✈️🇺🇸🇯🇵 @singledigitseat - 2018-12-10
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Brett Franklin ✈️🇺🇸🇯🇵 @singledigitseat - 2018-12-10
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Around Japan @AroundJapan2014 - 2018-12-09
#Matsumoto #Castle in #Nagano Pref! One of the historical castles of #Japan, beautiful all the year round! →https://t.co/4t9ZRBnun2
Ben Williams @BenitoWill - 2018-12-09
Matsumoto Castle gardens being invaded by thousands of celebrating #Yamaga supporters 💚 https://t.co/1gmQHaFGFG
Ben Williams @BenitoWill - 2018-12-09
Matsumoto Yamaga are holding a parade from the city centre to Matsumoto Castle to celebrate their J2 championship w… https://t.co/G0dJ9BoIzb
Dave Phillips @lovefutebol - 2018-12-09
Matsumoto #Yamaga's #jleague 2 victory parade heading to the 16th century castle, one of the four on Japan's list o… https://t.co/SYVqWxiJXL
Lisa @Lisa_Xanadu - 2018-12-09
Splendid day in Matsumoto
#matsumoto #japan #matsumotocastle #travel #travelgram #instatravel #traveler… https://t.co/dHQzqANq3P
松本山雅 長野市川中島支部 @ilovematsumoto - 2018-12-09
For tourists in Matsumoto city, Nagano.
Today winning ceremony will be held in the garden of Matsumotojo castle til… https://t.co/hb9qqSCfRq
Sandra Zhang @zhanghuangxiao - 2018-12-08
There're only 12 castles with original castle towers in Japan. We've been to 5 of them. Apart from Himeji Castle, t… https://t.co/p8N04BN8QD
Sigfrido @Sigfrido1014 - 2018-12-06
Japan's Reflections―
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Gail at Large @ImageLegacy - 2018-12-05
Pinned to Gail at Large on Instagram on @Pinterest: Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture was my favourite castle i… https://t.co/ioXfRXFZko
Pearlyshell @perlasclemente - 2018-12-05
Matsumoto castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is the oldest existing castle in Japan boasting with almost 400 years of histor… https://t.co/sxS7XPYfpG


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