National Treasure

Matsumoto Castle maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework. It is listed as a National Treasure of Japan.

Easy Access

From Hakuba, Matsumoto Castle is reachable by direct train. It is 60 km or 1-2 hours by train. Take a side trip from Hakuba to see the oldest castle in Japan.

Japan’s oldest castle

Visit Japan's oldest castle Open hours 8:30 - 17:00 (entrance closes at 16:30) Cherry blossoms: mid-April - late-April

Cherry Blossom

Built in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is known as the “Crow Castle” due to its unique black exterior. The five-storied donjon is one of only four castles in Japan to be designated a national treasure. The Matsumoto City Museum, located next door, has various displays which introduce local archaeology,history and folklore. During spring time, visitors can encounter beautiful scenery of the castle and cherry blossom.

Matsumoto Castle

In Japan there are only four castles that have been designated as National Treasures and Matsumoto Castle is one of these. The five-storied donjon is one of the oldest castle structures extant in Japan. Construction of the main donjon began in 1592 when warlords around the country struggled for dominance.