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Matsumoto Castle

Open today: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Amazing for beautiful castle of Japan, every corner good for photo shoot,I got one of my best photo... read more

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Ananbodhin W
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No doubt this is an amazing place to visit, especially at night. It is easily accessible and an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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“red bridge”(31 reviews)
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4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-32-2902
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing for beautiful castle of Japan, every corner good for photo shoot,I got one of my best photo from here (IG: ananbodhin) love this place and enjoy a nice city view from a top of castle.

Thank Ananbodhin W
Reviewed 2 days ago

No doubt this is an amazing place to visit, especially at night. It is easily accessible and an easy walk so I'd recommend a visit.

Thank Pathfinder705918
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You can visit the castle park any time of the day. It‘s as beautiful and photogenic at day as at night, when there are less people around. You can visit the inside of the castle, but I personally didn‘t think it‘s worth it. You have...More

Thank Christina F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Make pictures all around the castle. Best time for the light is afternoon, and make sure to be at the red bridge half an hour before sunset. Also in the evening the castle is beautifully lit. Inside is an impressive wooden structure and good storyboards...More

Thank Frank T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Matsumoto castle and grounds are simply stunning.The interior is hard to navigate - some very steep stairs-cum-ladders, Very hot, but bearable even in the low 30s when we visited. Lotus flowers near the red bridge were lovely. Costumed characters in traditional Japanese historical wear were...More

Thank JCHigham
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle which is one of the four original castles in Japan. It is vey beautiful and impressive and you can go up to the top floor. Socks only inside and the stairs are very steep. A "must see" in Matsumoto.

Thank Go55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here as part of a wider trip across Japan but this was one of my favourite places. The castle itself is very imposing and the views of it from outside were really good. Inside you can go right up to the top of...More

Thank kankuchick
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crowded but clean. The Japanese people are very courteous and efficient. They handle crowds with a minimum of direction. The moats are in good shape and make for great pictures.

Thank Mikesflorida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How fortunate to have chosen such a beautiful day to have taken a day trip by rail from Tokyo to visit Matsumoto. The castle is spectacular and well worth the visit.

Thank Kristine C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a trip back in time, and a chance to walk with the ghosts of Samurai. The building is over 400 years old, and a perfect representation of a military stronghold for the period. There are displays and exhibits that bring alive the castle...More

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12 December 2017|
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Response from HKChing | Reviewed this property |
We got our tickets at the gate. I was there in Mid November and the castle was not full. Since you need to take your shoes off before entering the castle, make sure you have warm socks. The wooden floor can be cold.
23 November 2017|
Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
There are crowds anytime of day. We saw the dressed up folks in the morning at 9am. Not sure if they are there in the afternoon.
21 November 2017|
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Response from TPJN |
They’re ‘shachi’, a mythical creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal brings rain, so temples and castles were given these additions to protect them from fire.