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Matsumoto Castle (松本城, 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, 6 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, cafe&stay CASTANA provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is situated 3.8 km from Matsumoto Castle, 42 km from Mt.Norikura Ski Resort and 2.1 km from Matsumoto City Museum of Art. The inn features family rooms. The inn will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, 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. Fukashi Shrine is 2.4 km from the accommodation, while Agatonomori Park is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 10 km from cafe&stay CASTANA.
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    • Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Located in Matsumoto, 2.8 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a shared lounge and a spa and wellness centre. Each guest at the 4-star property can enjoy mountain views from the rooms, and has access to a sauna. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. 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. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Onyado Nono Matsumoto Natural Hot Spring include Matsumoto Castle, Fukashi Shrine and Yohashira Shrine. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 8 km from the hotel.
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    • 古民家一棟貸しの宿 Thank you Hippo INN
      Budget-friendly
      Only a few steps from Matsumoto Castle, 古民家一棟貸しの宿 Thank you Hippo INN features free Wi-Fi, Japanese-style dorm rooms overlooking the castle or garden and a free-use kitchen. It has a common lounge, a garden and drinks vending machines. The common lounge at 古民家一棟貸しの宿 Thank you Hippo INN has a table with benches, as well as a Japanese-style area where guests can relax on seating cushions on the tatami (woven-straw) floor. The kitchen comes with a microwave and an induction stove. Guests sleep in traditional futon bedding, on a tatami floor. The authentic Japanese-style dorm rooms feature shoji paper screens and antique furniture. Shower rooms and toilets are shared, and amenities are available at a charge. 古民家一棟貸しの宿 Thank you Hippo INN is a 5-minute walk from the Kita-Matsumoto Train Station, and a 10-minute walk from Matsumoto Station on the Shinanoi Line. No meals are served, but shops and restaurants are within a 5-minute walk.
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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
      Featuring a restaurant, shared lounge, garden and free WiFi, Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge is located in Matsumoto, 47 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and a few steps from Kappa Bridge. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Each room has a balcony. 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 certain rooms include river views. Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge offers a ? la carte or Asian breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Matsumoto, like hiking. Kamikochi is 3 km from Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge, while Mt.Norikura Ski Resort is 26 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 51 km from the ryokan.
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    • L-BASE
      Mid-range
      Set in Matsumoto, 5 km south from Matsumoto Station,L-BASE features free private parking. Kishinoyu Onsen and Utsukushigahara Onsen are a 20-minute drive from the property. The property offers 3 different types of guestrooms. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers and a hair dryer. Free WiFi access is available in some rooms. The holiday home also offers bicycle rentals. Matsumoto Castle is a 20-minute drive away.
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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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    • Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto
      Mid-range
      Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto is set in Matsumoto, 2.8 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and 30 km from Kamikochi. Featuring a restaurant, this 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage for guests. 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. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto include Matsumoto Castle, Fukashi Shrine and Yohashira Shrine. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 8 km from the hotel.
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    • Minka House
      Budget-friendly
      Minka House features a restaurant, free bikes, a bar and garden in Matsumoto. The property is located 3.7 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, 40 km from Mt.Norikura Ski Resort and 50 km from Kamikochi. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms include a shared bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. At the guest house, each room comes with air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Popular points of interest near Minka House include Matsumoto Castle, Fukashi Shrine and Matsumoto City Museum of Art. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.
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