Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto

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#1 of 2,330 in Historic Sites in Chubu
Must see · Castle · Scenic Walking Area
Visit the 16th century complex of Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's most renowned landmarks, nicknamed "Crow Castle" because of its dark facade. Admire the imposing structure, the oldest castle remaining in Japan, notable for occupying a spot on a plain rather than the more usual hilltop. As you step inside the main building, you'll notice that the interior features authentic wooden pillars and staircases, while the second floor contains a collection of guns. Climb to the top of the main keep for panoramic views of the surroundings. See Matsumoto Castle and all Matsumoto has to offer by arranging your trip with our Matsumoto online trip itinerary maker.
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  • One of the most beautiful and complete among Japan's original castles and is listed as National Treasure of Japan. Known for it's black exterior.  more »
  • Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (i.e.: not built on a hilltop) dating back to 1594, and nicknamed "Crow Castle" due to its' black exterior. Unlike many Japanese castles it is not a modern...  more »
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  • Our FREE private tour guide (from a booth as we entered) was so brilliant. She took us around the castle and explained everything to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide and all she wanted was for us to get the most out of our trip to the castle. Their conservation of the site is excellent and I saw on display a set of armour I have not seen before of a samurai equipped to fight with a musket versus a bladed weapon. Stunning.
  • Matsumoto city is beautiful. Small city, but so full of charm. It’s easy to get there, but if you mistake trains it’s gonna be a long time to the city. You should definitely plan ahead since touristic spots close at 5pm, last chance to go in being 4:30pm. The castle is breathtaking, and it still has its original design and parts. I think it’s definitely a must while visiting Japan. I think it’s one of the most awesome ones. Definitely top place. Plus, it’s a good spot if you’re someone who gets tired of overcrowded places.
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