Matsumoto Castle was built between the years 1593 and 1594.
Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest of the still-standing “gojuu-rokkai” (five roofs, six stories) structures in Japan, and it has been registered as a national treasure.
(Gojuu-Rokkai: From the outside, the building appears to have five stories. However, the interior has six stories.)
The castle’s exterior has a contrast of black and white, giving it a stately appearance. It is beloved by many as a symbol of Nagano Prefecture.
Matsumoto Castle is beautiful at every time of the year, featuring cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh greenery in the summer, beautiful leaves in the autumn, and snow in the winter.
During event periods, the castle tower and cherry trees are illuminated. The illuminated castle reflected on the moat is a beautiful sight to behold.
Basic information on Matsumoto Castle
- 4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
- About 15 minutes on foot from Matsumoto Station
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Hours are 8 am - 6 pm during Golden Week and the summer)
※Opening hours may change for January 1st-3rd.
- December 29 – 31.
- Adults 610 yen. Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen. Pre-school children free.