Matsumoto Castle

松本城
16
Address
4 Marunouchi
TEL
0263-32-2902
Website
http://www.matsumoto-castle.jp/lang/
Business Hours
8:30
17:00
Entrance closes at 16:30.
Closed
Dec. 29 - 31

Matsumoto Castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. Construction began in 1592 of the elegant black and white structure with its three turrets. Because of the elegant black walls, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called ‘Crow Castle’. Inside the castle are steep stairs and low ceilings leading past displays of armor and weapons from the Sengoku Period (Warring States Period) when the castle was built. The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below.

You might wait for a maximum of two hours to enter the castle tower during the peak season of late April – early May Golden Week and mid August summer vacation (obon) holidays. In such cases, numbered tickets are sometimes issued and you can come later with your ticket to enter the tower quicker.
The castle is beautifully illuminated in the evening.

Every summer Taiko Drum Festival and a Takigi Noh (a play performed by torch light) festivals are held at the site which is also famous for its cherry blossoms in April. A Moon Viewing Party is held every autumn on the grounds in the specially built moon viewing room of the Castle. It is said, that “the moon can be seen three times from the moon viewing room”. Once in the sky, once in the water below and once in your cup of sake (but six if the sake is strong).

There are free English language brochures and Good Will Guides provide interesting facts and legions.

See also the following:

Shop Hopping Tickets

Fill out the survey and hand over your ticket to get this:
¥100 discount on a
charm with the date commemorating
your going up the main tower
Learn more about Shop-hopping Tickets here!

Price

Admission (Castle & Matsumoto City Museum

Adults
¥610

Access

TRAIN

15 min walk from Matsumoto Sta

BUS

Get off at the Matsumotojo, Shiyakushomae (city hall) bus stop of the Town Sneaker Bus

CAR

15 min from Matsumoto Interchange