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Guided Tour of Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle : 松本城

Tour National Treasure Matsumoto Castle with the Helpful ALSA Guides.

Matsumoto/Northern Alps


Take a tour of arguably Japan's coolest castle, Matsumoto-jo, with a friendly, English-speaking volunteer guide.


ALSA, the Alps Language Service Association, provides free tours of Matsumoto Castle. The castle forms the focal point of Matsumoto City, which developed as a castle town around it. Built in the 16th Century, the castle has been maintained to its original form and has been designated as a National Treasure. With all of its history and the intricacies of its construction, it is helpful to have a knowledgeable English-speaker guide you. Let ALSA enhance your experience and appreciation of Matsumoto Castle!


Hours :
Castle hours: 08:30-17:00 (Last Entrance 16:30; Closes later during Golden Week and Summer)
ALSA hours: 10:00-15:00 or by appointment 
Date(s) :
Castle: closed on 12/29-12/31
ALSA: daily except April 29 – May 5, Aug. 11 – 17 and Dec. 28 – Jan. 9, Other tours by appointment 
Cost / Price of Admission :
Castle Entrance 610 (300 for elementary and middle school students); ALSA's services are volunteer. 
Time Required :
1-1.5 hours 
Reservations :
Not required(Reservation is accepted all year around.) 
# of Participants :
Foreign Languages :
English (Guides in languages other than English can be arranged. (Minimum 2 weeks advanced notice required.)) 
Luggage Storage :


ALSA guides are located at the waiting area by the Black Gate entrance on the castle's south side.


tel : +81(0)90-9669-3454   fax : +81(0)263-47-3454   e-mail   Official site


By Train
From Matsumoto Station(JR Chuo Line), From Matsumoto Station's main exit, go northeast on the road to the left of the McDonald's 350m to the main street and turn left. Proceed north to the castle, 550m (total 15 min on foot).
By Car
From Matsumoto IC, Take Route 158 east 2.6km to "T" (Chuo 2-chome signal) and turn left. Proceed 400m to the castle. (total 15 min)
4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto  390-0873

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