100 best Japanese Castles

There are hundreds of castles in Japan. Japanese Castle Foundation chooses the 100 best castles. They selected those castles based on their historical value, cultural value, popularity and condition. All of them have rich historical value and some of them remain the great ruins or even the castles themselves.

Matsumoto Castle


Matsumoto Castle (松本城) is one of 12 Extant Original Castles built in 1593. It is Combined towers structure Tenshu which as 29.4m high from ground level. As 5 Layered 6 stories high Tenshi, Tenshu of Matsumoto Castle is the oldest which still exists. This castle is listed as the National Treasure of Japan, and chosen as the four best castle of Japan. Because it painted deep black, it is also known as Crow Castle. In side of the Tenshu, is exhibition area for Rifles and armors from Sengoku Period.

Tourist Info.
There are public parking.
Admission fee into the castle and museum : 600 yen for adult and 30 yen for kids.
Open: 8:30am to 5pm, gate closed at 4:30 pm. Closed on New year’s Day.

0. at Matsumoto Station
1. Walk north (15 min.)