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Matsuyama Castle (松山城)

Historical Monument

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.

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi (Matsuyama / DogoArea)

phone 0899214873
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[Ropeway] 8:30-17:30 (Aug. until 18:00, Dec.-Jan. until 17:00)
[Chair lift] 8:30-17:00
[Castle] 9:00-17:00 (Aug. until 17:30, Dec.-Jan. until 16:30)
※ 30 minutes closing

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Address
Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi [map]
Area
Matsuyama / DogoArea
Phone
0899214873
Hours
[Ropeway] 8:30-17:30 (Aug. until 18:00, Dec.-Jan. until 17:00)
[Chair lift] 8:30-17:00
[Castle] 9:00-17:00 (Aug. until 17:30, Dec.-Jan. until 16:30)
※ 30 minutes closing
Closed
open everyday (only keeps Dec. 3rd Wednesday)
Parking Lot
Available 20spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available(Matsuyama Free Wi-Fi)
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not possible (no castle tower, possible to Honmaru Square)
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Possible (possible if hug or put in message)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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          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.