Matsuyama Castle

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.

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi
[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
[Castle Tower]Dec.3rdWednesday
[Castle tower viewing 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
Available (not available for the castle tower, available up to Honmaru Square)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (possible if you hold it or put it in a cage)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • FUN!
    5.0 Reviewed:2022.01.09
    Taking this to and from Matsuyama Castle is an excellent way to enjoy your travel to Matsuyama more. I was first worried that there were no seatbelts, but it was pretty safe. There was also a safety...
  • Recommend the Gondola ..... in both directions!
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.03.28
    A pleasant walk up (the aptly named) Ropeway Street brings you to the lower Station, purchase your ticket from a machine (single, round trip or combined ticket with Castle entrance), then make your...
  • Best way to the top
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.26
    Best way to the top and best way down for those unable to handle the steep climb. Cable car is large and the chair lift is fine on the way down although you are not strapped in. Wouldnt be allowed...

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