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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


Kristine Ohkubo⚜️ @AuthorKristineO - 2020-01-16
#Matsushiro #Castle, located on the flat lands of northern #Nagano near the #Chikuma River was once under the contr… https://t.co/HGNJbC4YRm
Christopher Keener @duck4jpn - 2019-09-25
【War and Peace in Matsushiro】
The ruins of Matsushiro castle, originally built by Takeda Sh… https://t.co/HzXuShU7op
Christopher Keener @duck4jpn - 2019-09-23
【War and Peace in Matsushiro】
Though presently a sleepy town, Matsushiro is the site of bo… https://t.co/GnRvCEooJk
Sparrow Design @sparrow_tweets - 2019-07-04
#Nagano day 2 - #MatsushiroCastle (#松代城) is a #Japanese #castle located in former #Matsushiro town, now part of the… https://t.co/5J9LLbBeSt
大橋裕紀🏯@お城ブロガー @yuki_oha - 2019-05-18
Japan’s 100 Famous Castles 026

This castle is based on “Kaizu Castle” built by “Takeda Shingen”.… https://t.co/NLcyuU4Wxi
The cherry blossoms of Matsushiro Castle in Nagano city are in full bloom!! #nagano https://t.co/l1McbK3TrH
maya@Nagano,Japan @maya_nagano - 2019-04-18
The cherry blossoms of Matsushiro Castle in Nagano city are in full bloom!! #nagano https://t.co/l1McbK3TrH
Sightseeing Japan @SightseeingJap1 - 2019-04-08
Matsushiro Castle [Part1] The castle of the Sanada family Manishi beautifully restored to the figure of the Edo per… https://t.co/Hgu9Zu75OF
経験は最高の教師だ。卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-04-07
The taikomon gate and bridge of Matsushiro castle in Matsushiro, Nagano prefecture. It is a masugata defensive gate… https://t.co/12O83rhkex
Christopher Laguna @ChrisLagunaIR23 - 2019-02-12
This is Matsushiro Castle in Nagano city, Nagano prefecture. It was originally named Kaizu Castle. Takeda Shingen o… https://t.co/Rcz5HVHzz1
至誠而不動者未之有也 卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-01-28
Entrance to the 400 year old preserved Sanada samurai residences at Matsushiro Castle Town, Nagano Japan

This gat… https://t.co/dTSvp7Bpzf
至誠而不動者未之有也 卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-01-28
Family crest of the once powerful Sanada samurai. Matsushiro Castle Town, Nagano Japan #photography https://t.co/v80wfplviQ
至誠而不動者未之有也 卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-01-28
Inside the former Higuchi family residence. Matsushiro Castle Town, Nagano Japan #photography https://t.co/GSZTDC7Qr6
至誠而不動者未之有也 卍 @Elucidatus - 2019-01-28
The exterior of the former Higuchi family residence. Matsushiro Castle Town, Nagano Japan #photography https://t.co/bpk0AuF78t
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


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