A Stunning Black and White Castle Shining in the Northern Alps Mountains.
Matsumoto Castle was built between the years 1593 and 1594.
It 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 features a contrast of black and white colors, giving it a stately appearance. It is beloved by many as a symbol of Nagano Prefecture.
Matsumoto Castle has beautiful scenery throughout the year, featuring cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh greenery in the summer, beautiful leaves in the autumn, and snow in the winter.
The castle tower and cherry trees are illuminated during event periods. The reflection of the illuminated castle on the moat is a beautiful sight to behold.
A symbol of Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City, the castle has also been designated as a national treasure.
The oldest still-standing “gojuu-rokkai” (five roofs, six stories) structures.
The castle features a beautiful contrast of black and white colors, with the Northern Alps mountains as a backdrop.
No shoes allowed on inside of the castle tower.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
8:30am-5:00pm (Hours are 8:00am-6:00pm during Golden Week and the summer)
※Opening hours may change for January 1st-3rd.
- December 29 – 31.
- Adults 700 yen. Elementary and junior high school students 300 yen. Pre-school children free.
- About 20 minutes on foot from Matsumoto Station on the JR Shinonoi Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)