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Matsuyama Castle (松山城)


Castle / Ruins of Castle

Matsuyama Castle is the only castle among the surviving 12 castles which now has a keep. It was selected as one of the 100 best castles of Japan in 2006. Kato Yoshiaki started the castle construction in 1602, and it is the last complete castle to have been constructed in Japan, which was completed over the longest length of time (approximately a quarter century) in Japanese architectural history. The inner citadel of the castle is located on the summit of Mt. Katsuyama at an altitude of 132 meters, while an outer citadel and a third citadel are at the base of the mountain; it is a huge castle and is counted as one of the coalition of the three largest flatland mountain castles in Japan. You can see from Mt. Ishizuchi to Iyo-nada with one sweep of the eye from the top floor of the large castle keep—that scenery is magnificent.


Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi (Matsuyama / DogoArea)

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[Ropeway] [Normal] 8:30-17:30 [Aug.] 8:30-18:00 [Dec.--Jan.] 8:30-17:00 [Chair lift] 8:30-17:00 [Tenshu] [Normal] 9:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:30) [Aug.] 9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00) [Dec.- Jan.] 9:00-16:30 (Last entry 16:00)

Review of Matsuyama Castle

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Reviewed:2020/11/10 One of my favorites, it was beautiful!
The Matsuyama Castle is impressive and well worth visiting. It is one of Japans original castles and probably one of my favorites. You can either walk here or take a lift up, I walked and man it was...
Reviewed:2020/05/07 Authentic
This is one of the most beautiful black castle in Japan as opposed to the famous white castle in Himeji. You can easily walk up to the donjon. I like the night view better...
Reviewed:2020/04/10 A Must Do in Matsuyama
This was one of the reasons I chose to stay in Matsuyama and it was a good choice. The castle is perched high on a hill overlooking the city with views out to the Seto Sea. The views alone are worth...

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi [map]
Matsuyama / DogoArea
[Ropeway] [Normal] 8:30-17:30 [Aug.] 8:30-18:00 [Dec.--Jan.] 8:30-17:00 [Chair lift] 8:30-17:00 [Tenshu] [Normal] 9:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:30) [Aug.] 9:00-17:30 (Last entry 17:00) [Dec.- Jan.] 9:00-16:30 (Last entry 16:00)
[Ropeway lift] open everyday [Tenshu] Dec.3rd Wednesday
[Tenshu Admission Ticket] [Adult] 520yen [Children] 160yen [Ropeway Lift Round-Trip Ticket] [Adult] 520yen [Children] 260yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Not available
Available(Matsuyama Free Wi-Fi)
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (no castle tower, no up to Honmaru Square)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (possible if you put it in a hug or cage)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Ehime Areas


          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country's oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.