Matsuyama Castle Ninomaru Historical Garden

A historic garden which sits at the base of Matsuyama Castle, one of the Japan's Top 100 Castles? in the center of Matsuyama. Built on the site of the residence of Gamo Tadatomo, the second lord of the Iyo-Matsuyama Domain, the omotegoten palace remains are now covered in flowers while the former noble private quarters are covered in ponds and lawn that show the former room layout. Also excavated on the site, whose size is nearly 1.6 hectares, is Japan's largest ancient water well. Recognized in 2013 as a Couple's Holy Land, nearly 500 pre-wedding photo shoots are staged here annually. There are also three pavilions on the grounds, the Katsuyama-tei, Juraku-tei, and Kanko-tei, that are used for cultural events including tea ceremonies and haiku poetry gatherings.

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Marunouchi 5 map map Map
[Feb.- July, Sep.- Nov.]9:00-17:00
[Dec.- Jan.]9:00-16:30
[Admission fee to view]
[Children(Elementary School Students)]100yen
Parking Lot
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Not available
Available(Ehime Free, Matsuyama Free)
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (please contact us upon arrival)
Pet friendly
Possible (as long as the child is placed in a cage or held while entering)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Citrus
    4.0 Reviewed : 2023.11.26
    If you walk up to the castle from Shiroyama Park youll pass this garden. Its pretty quiet and has lots of citrus plants. Its a worthwhile stop before heading up to the castle keep.
  • Astonishing- a must visit
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.09.08
    To get to the castle you first have a ride in a cable car or chairlift up the mountain. There is still a rather energetic up hill walk required to access the castle itself. Having made it up to the...
  • A worthwhile stop on the way to Matsuyama Castle.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.04.29
    The gardens and history behind the location are worth stopping to investigate and allows for either a rest on the way up or down from the castle. Numerous citrus and flower plantings are established...

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