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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


Antony Peyton @AntonyPeyton - 2019-10-21
Photos from recent travels... this time Matsumoto in central Japan. (Castle is known as 'Crow Castle' due to its bl… https://t.co/1mZ5Is4xmH
Jennifer (aka Dr J) @SidewalkSafari - 2019-10-21
Great advice on where and when to see sakura in Japan including my recommendation of Matsumoto Castle in mid-April… https://t.co/0GzjIRoNUV
Suwandi C Photo @suwandicphoto - 2019-10-21
Blue Hour at Matsumoto Castle.
#Matsumoto #castle #BlueHour #sunset #shotoniphone #iphonex #iphoneonly… https://t.co/2RGxqMsmNQ
Hector 🅰 Parayuelos @hecpara - 2019-10-20
@disneylorien Not this trip, but I'll add it to my list. We did Nagoya Castle last time, along with Matsumoto on th… https://t.co/x5tVj9rOne
Rhonda Krause @TravelYesPlease - 2019-10-20
Matsumoto Castle- Visiting an Original Japanese Castle https://t.co/eOOnYFpbkp #Japan #VisitJapan #travel #ttot https://t.co/7lqcqrKptq
andhika dwi saputro @saputro_andhika - 2019-10-20
My first weekend in japan.
Visit the almighty Matsumoto Castle and enjoy every details of the building. Lots of p… https://t.co/QhFGTFYUxE
年明けをお待ちしております @kosakyun - 2019-10-19
A real Japanese castle! Finally, those fights during the shogunate eras are getting easier to imagine!

After enter… https://t.co/v1gHp0JZCw
Uncharted Earth @Uncharted_Earth - 2019-10-17
I just posted 'ITAP of Matsumoto Castle' on Reddit

旅録〜TABIROKU〜 @TABIROKU2 - 2019-10-17
~ Shinshu pudding that looks and tastes superb ~
As soon as you enter Nakamachi Street from Honmachi Street, which… https://t.co/5w8oK5oxyg
旅録〜TABIROKU〜 @TABIROKU2 - 2019-10-17
~ Shirakabe Main Street Nakamachi Street ~
Nakamachi Street is Matsumoto's main street that has been bustling sinc… https://t.co/cFVQucHWR0
Tanantorn P. @Tanantorn_P - 2019-10-16
🏯 #matsumotocastle#matsumoto#japan#trip#july#2017#travel#travellife#travelphotography#photography#filmphotography#f… https://t.co/EflaXC5GFG
Venture Out Tours @ventureouttours - 2019-10-16
Today we stopped to see Matsumoto Castle, one of 12 original medieval castles remaining in Japan.

#gaytravel… https://t.co/tAYue2Y6Oy
旅録〜TABIROKU〜 @TABIROKU2 - 2019-10-16
Matsumoto Castle began with Fushishi Castle, built in the Eisho period of the Sengoku period, and is Japan's oldest… https://t.co/qsAhcqjDhh
旅録〜TABIROKU〜 @TABIROKU2 - 2019-10-16
Matsumoto City is dotted with tourist spots such as the national treasure “Matsumoto Castle”, “Former Kaichi School… https://t.co/mJIWbd2s6k
旅録〜TABIROKU〜 @TABIROKU2 - 2019-10-16
~ Black and white beauty National treasure Matsumoto Castle ~

#matsumotocastle #castle
#japan #matsumoto
#blog #hobby
ChasingFoodDreams @FoodDreamsCFD - 2019-10-14
Spent the day at Matsumoto to visit the Matsumoto Castle, Former Kaichi School and Matsumoto City Museum of Art wh… https://t.co/q1R84qUgH8
Kristen Abroad | Japan Travel Blogger @kristenabroad - 2019-10-14
#matsumoto castle always looks so beautiful at night.

#japanesecastle #japan https://t.co/dXI0f66vkN
Leonard @Leonardwashare - 2019-10-14
@Leozaur Aw man, that place is super gorgeous too! I guess I was just wishfully thinking, because Matsumoto Castle… https://t.co/K8V2kVaWa4
Shenmue Forever @ShenmueForever - 2019-10-14
@16_o_16 Matsumoto Castle in Nagano prefecture?
Leonard @Leonardwashare - 2019-10-13
@Leozaur Is that... Matsumoto Castle?
MidBoss @Midstageboss - 2019-10-13
@JesseCox Killed by Matsumoto Castle. To be fair if you tried to use the stairs there during the night youd probably die.
นี่ยังจำเป็นอยู่ไหม? @IndyBBear - 2019-10-13
Perfect Sunday ❤️❤️❤️ #bucketlist #heritage #castle #japanese #relax #after #typhoon #family #holiday #trip… https://t.co/CKHleP7A2U
🎌🏯グレート太郎🏯🎌 @TheGreatTaro - 2019-10-13
Does anybody have the vanilla 'Japanese Cranes' Matsumoto Castle wonder for #Civ5 then can upload to Mediafire or s… https://t.co/qbBmYe15hU
Grant Swinbourne @GSwinbourne - 2019-10-12
A bit more Japanese castle action from a couple of years ago. This time it's Matsumoto Castle or Black Crow castl… https://t.co/4RhdHgxIGe
DNA a.k.a AYANOKO @dna1192_en - 2019-10-09
@Splat_Agent_Ink You have to watch MATSUMOTO castle!
...if you like. lol
ノエル Noel @Splat_Agent_Ink - 2019-10-09
@dna1192_en I love castle!!! 🏯
But I don’t have time for Matsumoto Castle this time! I’ll go next time🤣🤣🤣
来日ノエル 🇯🇵🦜Noël @Splat_Agent_Ink - 2019-10-09
@dna1192_en I love castle!!! 🏯
But I don’t have time for Matsumoto Castle this time! I’ll go next time🤣🤣🤣
来日ノエル 🐙🇯🇵Noel @Splat_Agent_Ink - 2019-10-09
@dna1192_en I love castle!!! 🏯
But I don’t have time for Matsumoto Castle this time! I’ll go next time🤣🤣🤣
来日ノエル 🐙🇯🇵Noel @Splat_Agent_Ink - 2019-10-09
@dna1192_en I love castle!!! 🏯
But I don’t have time for Matsumoto Castle this time! I’ll go next time🤣🤣🤣
来日ノエル 🐙🇯🇵Noel @Splat_Agent_Ink - 2019-10-09
@dna1192_en I love castle!!! 🏯
But I don’t have time for Matsumoto Castle this time! I’ll go next time🤣🤣🤣
Japan Australia @Japan_Australia - 2019-10-08
@donnyjkimball Hard to beat the visually stunning Matsumoto Castle in Nagano but Nagoya Castle is the best. It was… https://t.co/R82YJwLXLi
Dr Henry Stenhouse @Fernoface - 2019-10-07
Matsumoto castle is rather photogenic https://t.co/SH7L4UQk5K
Jeff Alan Greenway @jeffalangreen - 2019-10-07
#Matsumoto Castle in #japan. 15th century castle in a beautiful small town in the mountains. #travel #sightseeing… https://t.co/tlw9kM93OK
JapanHaul @japanhaul - 2019-10-06
Such a sight to see Matsumoto Castle surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms 🌸

This castle is a popular spot to en… https://t.co/hy2WIFhO7E
Pete’s wandering life🚶‍♂️🚗📸 @peteswandering - 2019-10-06
@johnqjn Close to Matsumoto Castle
Pete’s wandering life🚶‍♂️🚗📸 @peteswandering - 2019-10-06
I think my camera and I were an good terms yesterday. Stand by for an influx of Matsumoto Castle. https://t.co/r3yQPipSUA
Pete’s wandering life🚶‍♂️🚗📸 @peteswandering - 2019-10-06
More from Matsumoto Castle grounds https://t.co/JaMec4eTaD


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