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Matsumoto Castle ({, Matsumotojō) is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles. It is a "hirajiro" - a castle built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain. Matsumoto Castle is unique for having both a secondary donjon and a turret adjoined to its main keep. The castle structures, in combination with their characteristic black wainscoting, give off an air of grandeur and poise.

Matsumotojo's main castle keep and its smaller, second donjon were built from 1592 to 1614. Both these structures were well-fortified as peace was not yet fully achieved at the time. In 1635, when military threats had ceased, a third, barely defended turret and another for moon viewing were added to the castle.

The wooden interior of Matsumoto Castle provides an authentic experience unlike that felt at many other castles rebuilt of ferro-concrete. Interesting features of the castle include steep wooden stairs, openings to drop stones onto invaders, openings for archers, as well as an observation deck at the top floor of the main keep with nice views over the surrounding city.

In spring, Matsumoto Castle is a popular cherry blossom spot. Many visit to stroll around the spacious castle grounds and park. Along the outer castle moat are hundreds of somei yoshino cherry trees that provide lovely views when they are in full bloom around mid April each year.

Getting there and around

The castle is a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride on the "Town Sneaker" Northern Course bus loop line from JR Matsumoto Station.

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    • cafe&stay CASTANA
      Mid-range
      Located in Matsumoto, within 3.4 km of Matsumoto Station and 6.1 km of The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, cafe&stay CASTANA provides accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star inn offers free shuttle service. The property is non-smoking and is situated 25 km from Canora Hall. The inn will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At cafe&stay CASTANA each room comes with bed linen and towels. Matsumoto Castle is 3.8 km from the accommodation, while Suwa-Lake is 28 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 11 km from cafe&stay CASTANA.
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    • Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring is located in Matsumoto, 600 metres from Matsumoto Station and 3.9 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. All units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms at Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring include air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna and spa centre. Canora Hall is 27 km from the hotel, while Matsumoto Castle is 1.6 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 11 km from Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring.
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    • Guesthouse Raicho
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Raicho offers accommodation in Norikura Kogen in Chubu Sangaku National Park. Mt. Norikura Ski Resort is a 3-minute drive away, and pick-up service to and from the resort is provided every morning. Free WiFi and free parking is available on site. Guests can also enjoy bathing in the sulfur hot-spring, which makes use of pure spring water. Towels and toothbrush are provided at a fee. Kamikochi Sawando Car Park is a 20-minute drive away from the property. Kamikochi Bus Terminal is a 30-minute bus ride from Kamikochi Sawando Car Park, and a 60-minute direct bus ride from Norikura Kogen. Guests can have breakfast at an extra cost upon request. Guests can make their own meals at the shared kitchen on site. Activities available around the area include out-of-area skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing near a waterfall, hiking, cycling and fishing. Guests can also visit the Northern Alps or Matsumoto City, both tourist destinations that can be accessed from the property.
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    • Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge
      Mid-range
      Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge features a garden, shared lounge, a terrace and restaurant in Matsumoto. The property is set 47 km from Takayama Station, 49 km from Matsumoto Station and 50 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. The property is non-smoking and is located 47 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. At the ryokan, each room comes with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a shared bathroom, bed linen and towels. All rooms come with a safety deposit box and free WiFi, while certain rooms include a river view. Guests at Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge can enjoy a ? la carte or an Asian breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Matsumoto, like hiking. Kappa Bridge is 200 metres from Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge, while Kamikochi is 200 metres away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 52 km from the ryokan.
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    • Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto is situated in Matsumoto, 3.5 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and 27 km from Canora Hall. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is set 500 metres from Matsumoto Station. All guest rooms at the hotel come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. Rooms have a kettle, while selected rooms also feature a kitchenette with a microwave. At Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Staff at Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto are available to provide information at the 24-hour front desk. Matsumoto Castle is 1.4 km from the hotel, while Suwa-Lake is 30 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 11 km from Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto.
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    • Minka House
      Budget-friendly
      Located less than 1 km from Matsumoto Station, Minka House offers 1-star accommodation in Matsumoto and features a garden, a restaurant and a bar. Featuring free bikes, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is situated 3.9 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. Guest rooms include bed linen. Canora Hall is 27 km from the guest house, while Matsumoto Castle is 1.3 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 12 km from Minka House.
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    • Kamikochi Hotel Shirakabaso
      Mid-range
      Amid stunning nature in the heart of Kamikochi located within Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi Hotel Shirakabaso offers Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet and a restaurant. It features a public bath. Rooms offer a traditional Japanese d?cor of tatami-mat (woven straw) floors, futon bedding, and paper sliding doors at the seating area. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a fridge and en suite toilet. Western rooms come with bathing facilities. Shirakabaso Hotel serves a dinner prepared with local produce in its dining room, while Restaurant Le Blanc offers a buffet of Japanese and Western dishes. Guests at the Shirakabaso can marvel in the beauty of the Japanese Alps on a hike, or browse in the hotel shop. The hotel is located in front of the Kappa Bridge, and it offers easy access to scenic spots. It is a 30-minute walk from Taisho Pond.
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    • Ryokan Seifuso
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 5-minute drive from Matsumoto Castle, Ryokan Seifuso offers a Japanese cultural experience with traditional accommodation, hot public baths and tea ceremony and kimono classes. Free-use bicycles are provided. Located in the Shinshu area of Nagano just 35 km from the natural beauty of Kamikochi, the hotel is about a 10-minute drive from the Matsumoto Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) Museum. JR Matsumoto Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms include a refrigerator, flat-screen satellite TV and free in-room WiFi. Bathing facilities and toilets are shared with other guests. Seifuso Ryokan is entirely non-smoking. A DVD player and a computer with free internet access are provided in the common area. Fax/photocopying services are available and free parking is offered. Ryokan Seifuso serves fresh, seasonal Japanese cuisine for breakfast. A Western-style breakfast is available on request. Vegetarian diets can also be accommodated.
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    • Hotel Tamanoyu
      Luxury
      Hotel Tamanoyu features spacious public hot spring baths, as well as private ones. For further relaxation, it offers massages, Japanese cuisine and small classical concerts. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and facilities are wheelchair-friendly. Tamanoyu offers comfortable rooms with a Japanese or Western decor, all fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and an electric kettle. Free green tea is provided, and guests are free to roam the hotel in Japanese samue casual wear. Guests can unwind in public spring baths or reserve an outdoor hot spring bath for private use free of charge. Tamanoyu Hotel houses a souvenir shop and drinks vending machines. A Japanese breakfast and traditional multi-course dinner are served at the dining room. Local beers and Japanese sake can be enjoyed at the salon, which often features live classical and fork music. Hotel Tamanoyu is a 10-minute drive from Matsumoto-jo Castle and shopping street Nakamachi-dori, featuring classic Japanese architecture. It's also a 10-minute drive from the historical Former Kaichi School (Kyu Kaichi Gakko).
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    • Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae is located in Matsumoto, 3 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and 29 km from Canora Hall. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is non-smoking and is set 400 metres from Matsumoto Station. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. Guest rooms feature a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. A buffet, ? la carte or continental breakfast is available every morning at the property. Matsumoto Castle is 1.1 km from the hotel, while Suwa-Lake is 32 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 12 km from Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae.
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