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Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure) : 国宝 松本城

One of Japan's Finest Castles, With the Japanese Alps as a Backdrop

Matsumoto/Northern Alps


Built at the end of the 16th Century, Matsumoto Castle is Japan's oldest with a 5-story main keep. The castle has been carefully preserved to the way it was back in the Warring States era. With both defensive armaments and a romantic moon-viewing tower, the castle depicts an age of transition from constant wars to one of peace. Featuring cherry-tree lined moats swarming with koi and birds and the Northern Alps visible in the distance, the castle and its grounds are a popular symbol of Matsumoto. Entrance to the central grounds and main keep is for a fee.


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  •  Inner castle grounds are wheelchair accessible.
Hours :
8:30-17:00 (Last Entrance 16:30) 
Date(s) :
Closed from 29 Dec. to 31 Dec. Otherwise, open daily. 
Entrance Price :
Entrance to castle and inner grounds, 610 per adult, 300 for middle and elementary school students. Group discounts available. 
Time Required :
45 min-1 hour 
Reservations :
Not required 
Foreign Languages :
English (English-speaking volunteer guides available (ALSA). Some signage has English.) 
Luggage Storage :
Not Available 


Castle stairs are extremely steep.


tel : +81(0)263-32-2902 松本城管理事務所(Matsumoto Castle Administrative Office)   fax : +81(0)263-32-2904   e-mail   Official site


By Train
From Matsumoto Station(JR Shinonoi Line), 1km, Approx. 15 min on foot.
By bus, take the Town Sneaker North Course from Oshiro-Guchi exit and get off at Matsumotojo-Shiyakushomae stop (10 min)
By Car
From Matsumoto IC, via Route 158 toward Matsumoto City Center, approx. 3km (15 min)
4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873

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