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Matsushiro Castle Ruins

Travel Guide - Matsushiro Castle Ruins


At the time of the historically famous Battles of Kawanakajima (1553 - 1564) between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, Matsushiro Castle, originally called Kaizu Castle or Kayatsu Castle, was built as the stronghold for Takeda Shingen. After the destruction of the Takeda family, the castle was controlled by the Oda family and Uesugi family. Later, the castle became the residence of the Sanada family in 1622 by the order of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and then it was destroyed by the Meiji government in the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912).
Renovation work was completed in 2004 and some buildings and stone walls of the castle were reconstructed. Visitors can learn about the time of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) as well as view the glorious cherry blossoms in the spring.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:00 - 17:00


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 30 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Matsushiro. Get off at Matsushiro Sta. Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 44, Matsushiromachi Matsushiro, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 381-1231


WAttention Tokyo @wattention - 2018-11-24
Sanada Jumangoku festival is not your common #matsuri. Unlike the religious matsuri, this one takes place on the gr… https://t.co/W1TqMoP0dj
Japanese Masshole @Bostonasian - 2018-09-20
Long wkend diary part III - Visited #Matsushiro, #nagano. It was first built by Shingen Takeda, then it ended with… https://t.co/AYvVt490wW
Voyapon @Voyapon - 2018-04-27
Follow us in Matsuhiro and #travel back in time! Visit the Kaizu castle, get a glimpse of what life as a #samurai w… https://t.co/R4gbASBVaJ
Affro @VS_Affro - 2018-03-09
Was pouring down, we went out and did samurai stuff instead of sitting in. @ Matsushiro Castle https://t.co/yroijGKGGc
Missy Capp @ShotsfromtheHip - 2017-02-20
We braved the elements ☔️ to check out Matsushiro Castle on our way home...& found out there's… https://t.co/pPQElggyq3
JCVD2000 @jcvd2000 - 2016-10-01
@jcvd2000 North Closed Gates of Matsushiro castle (Japan's Top 100 Castles, No. 26): Two gates protected north entrance of main enclosure
JCVD2000 @jcvd2000 - 2016-09-30
@jcvd2000 Basement of the tower at the northwest corner of main enclosure in Matsushiro castle (Japan's Top 100 Castles, No. 26)
JCVD2000 @jcvd2000 - 2016-09-29
@jcvd2000 Drum Gates with the bridge at Matsushiro castle (Japan's Top 100 Castles, No. 26): Two gates protected the main enclosure.
明らめる 卍 @Elucidatus - 2016-07-27
The taikomon gate and bridge of Matsushiro castle (松代城) https://t.co/cWV4gikn6n
明らめる 卍 @Elucidatus - 2016-07-21
The taikomon gate and bridge of Matsushiro castle... | Views of Japan https://t.co/cWV4gikn6n
yuki_kyhomg @yuki_kyhomg - 2016-04-15
Enjoyed holiday in 'Matsushiro Castle' https://t.co/OGY8lIKlqo
Bear Tales @beartalestweets - 2016-04-13
Cherry blossoms in full bloom Matsushiro castle and Sengoku samurai · 4K shooting –… https://t.co/EWcSovYthd https://t.co/kIeRxYZav9
Online Sake Cup Shop @CeramicsJapan - 2016-03-19
Ueda castle of TV drama ! Matsushiro-Yaki sake cup with 'Six coins' Oda-family crest. https://t.co/sphjQNgpED https://t.co/TMusJN7sTs
Japanese Castles @castle_jpn_en - 2015-12-25
Matsushiro Castle (松代城) The ruins of East-Akazu gate - https://t.co/G9PwoET9Rt #japan
Japanese Castles @castle_jpn_en - 2015-12-02
Matsushiro Castle (松代城) Higuchi clan's house - https://t.co/mAtBfNbvpH #japan
新心館古武道 卍 @Elucidatus - 2015-08-31
The taikomon gate and bridge of Matsushiro castle… http://t.co/ki33zrgbNj
新心館古武道 卍 @Elucidatus - 2015-08-14
Former Higuchi clan residence, built in 1862. Matsushiro Castle Town, Nagano, Japan #Photography http://t.co/WbqTApdfk5
Tadatoshi @jintosi - 2015-07-11
A few hours ago, I was in Matsushiro castle. This pic is Taiko-mon Gate in Matsushiro castle. http://t.co/KxekTPDrgC
Fujiyama Noboru @dosscoi21 - 2015-02-01
From Jyoshinetsu free way about five minute landmark Matsushiro-castle BUNBU-Gakko east , nearly Matsushiro General door step than free way


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