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  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

The Historic & Beautiful Heart of a Region

Key features

  • National Treasure
  • Iconic Attraction
  • Castle Town
  • Festivals
  • Historic Precincts
  • Architecture & Art
  • Nearby Museums
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Nearby Accommodation
  • Tours

Public Transport

Matsumoto Station15-20 walk
Nagano Station70 min walk & train

Popular Attractions

Nakamachi Street5 min walk
Matsumoto City Museum of Art20 min walk
Kamikochi60+ min drive

Matsumoto Castle

The Historic & Beautiful Heart of a Region

Key features

  • National Treasure
  • Iconic Attraction
  • Castle Town
  • Festivals
  • Historic Precincts
  • Architecture & Art
  • Nearby Museums
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Nearby Accommodation
  • Tours
As a registered National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle is one of the region’s most important cultural assets. Set against the impressive backdrop of the Northern Alps, the castle dates back to the end of the Warring States Period with much of the original structure still intact. One of the most beautiful historic buildings in Japan, it is one of only two 6-storey castles remaining today – yet only exists due to the intervention of local residents who have saved it from destruction more than once.
The distinctive black and white façade and beautiful aesthetic, somewhat belie the castles overall strategic design and importance. Constructed between 1594 and 1603, the existing building retains much of its original structure including the imposing stone foundation walls with notable periods of restoration in the 20th century. Originally surrounded by an expansive system of moats, gates, other fortifications and a palace, the five structures that make-up the castle are testament to Japan’s feudal past and bore witness to the country’s emergence from a protracted period of war and upheaval to the long, unbroken peace of Japan’s golden age, the Edo Period.

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How to get to Matsumoto Castle

How to get to Matsumoto Castle

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Experience one of Japan's most remarkable natural landscapes

Considered the jewel of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is just over an hours drive from Matsumoto City.

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Takayama

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Step back in time in one of Japan's best preserved Edo Period townships

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Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

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Open from mid-April to late-November, its most famous feature is the grand Snow Walls in spring and outstanding hiking in summer.

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The Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo Trail

Walk the historic road through the beautiful Kiso Valley

One of five major routes linking Kyoto to Tokyo during the Edo Period, the Nakasendo retains its historic character in its beautiful post towns.

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Daio Wasabi Farm

Daio Wasabi Farm

Wander the scenic farm and sample the surprisingly subtle flavour of real wasabi.

As one of the largest wasabi farms in Japan, Daio is equally renowned as the setting for Kurosawa Akira's film 'Dreams'

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Hakuba

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Nagano's most international ski resorts

Well-established as one of Japan's premier winter sports destination, Hakuba is emerging as a mecca for green season sports enthuiasts.

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Zenko-ji Temple

Zenko-ji Temple

The spiritual heart of Nagano

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Jigokudani Monkey Park

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Visit Nagano's world-famous monkeys

Known for their antics in winter, the monkeys come to the park all year round.

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Amenities

Historic buildings
Souvenir shops
Restaurants & cafes
Public toilets

Access

Public Transport

Matsumoto Station15-20 walk
Nagano Station70 min walk & train

Popular Attractions

Nakamachi Street5 min walk
Matsumoto City Museum of Art20 min walk
Kamikochi60+ min drive