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National Treasure Matsumoto Castle国宝 松本城

Historical Monument

"Matsumoto Castle is said to feature Japan's oldest surviving five-storied six-floor pagoda. It is one of the few castles designated as a National Treasure, and maintains the image of the past. The black and white contrast of the castle rising amid the Alps in the background is beautiful, and the castle has become a symbol of Matsumoto City. In addition to the castle facilities of the Sengoku period, such as the stone drops meant to rebuff invaders, or samurai windows or the gun slits, there are exhibits such as the ""Matsumoto Castle Gunhouse"" centered around matchlock guns, and artifacts unearthed during the ninomaru palace excavation performed from 1979-1984. In the precinct, you'd do well to see the black gate with eave roof tiles marked with the family crests of historical castle lords, or the taiko gate which was restored in 1999."


Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Marunouchi 4-1 (Matsumoto / KamikochiArea)

phone 0263322902

8:30-17:00 (until last entry 16:30) ¥ ※ Subject to change depending on time

Review of Matsumoto Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/12/04 one of a kind
one of the oldest castles in Japan. you can see the reflection of the castle in the clear water. The red bridge gives it more color.
Reviewed:2018/12/02 Why else were we in Matsumoto?
An absolute 'must see' - fabulous castle; black crow. See outside by moonlight - gasp, so beautiful.
Reviewed:2018/12/02 Beautiful in daylight but spectacular at night.
We had an English speaking guide provided free by the local community, this was very useful and she explained the history of the castle which we otherwise would not have known. The castle is lit up...

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Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Marunouchi 4-1 [ map ]
Matsumoto / KamikochiArea
8:30-17:00 (until last entry 16:30) ¥ ※ Subject to change depending on time
Open everyday except the end of the year
[Admission fee] Adults610yen, Children300yen (common with Matsumoto City Museum)
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          Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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