Matsumoto Castle

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Photo: Radek Kucharski / CC BY 2.0

Also known as" "Crow's Castle" "because of its unusual black exterior, Matsumoto Castle is one of the three most beautiful castles in Japan, along with Himeji and Kumamoto Rule of the Takeda clan and later the famous Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Overview

Address

4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-0873 (Directions)

Hours

8:30 - 16:30 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 16:30
Thursday 8:30 - 16:30
Friday 8:30 - 16:30
Saturday 8:30 - 16:30
Sunday 8:30 - 16:30
Holidays 8:30 - 16:30

Price

¥610

Website

https://www.matsumoto-castle.jp/lang/

General Amenities

  • Information Counter
  • Free guides/pamphlets
  • Coin lockers

Access

It’s a 15-minute walk from Matsumoto Station. There is a bus available for 200 yen.

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