Matsumoto Castle or 松本城 is one of Japan’s premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle, Hyōgo Prefecture and Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto Prefecture. Matsumoto Castle located in 4番1号 Marunouchi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture 390-0873, Japan. The building is also known as the “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior. Matsumoto Castle is one of the 12 original and most beautiful Japanese castles. This castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. The Castle built in 1592-1614, built on a flat surface. The building had 30 meter high. In Japanese so called. Hirajiro. This castle is unique that has towers and turrets connected to the main building with dark colors. Fugashi-Jo Castle or Crow Castle is decorated with wood.
Points of interest on the castle is steep on wooden stairs, rock for attacking enemies, archery and the observation tower on the 6th floor. Matsumoto Castle has entrance fee for visit price at 610 yen and open from 8.30 a.m. to 17.00. Usually castle close during holiday on December 29 to January 3 each year.
Get to the Matsumoto Castle is about 15 min walk from Matsumoto Station or 5 minutes bus ride on the “Town Sneaker” Northern Course bus loop line from JR Matsumoto Station or by bus that you can get off at the Matsumotojo, Shiyakushomae (city hall) bus stop of the Town Sneaker Bus.