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Matsuyama Castle is one of Japan's best castles that stands on Mount Katsuyama, 132 meters high, at the center of Matsuyama City. Around the castle, Shiroyama Park, a city park, has been developed. The castle is the largest one in Shikoku district, taking 25 years to be built, which is the longest building duration in Japan. Also, it is said that this castle is the last perfect compound as a castle architecture in Japan. It has some castle towers and watch towers connected, and 21 buildings of this valuable castle complex are designated as important cultural properties. From the castle towers, you can have an overlooking view of the city of Matsuyama. Also, it is a scenic beauty spot of cherry blossoms in spring.
- Marunouchi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime
- Contact No.
- 7-minute walk to reach Matsuyama-jo Ropeway, from Okaido Station, 10-minute ride on Iyotetsu Intracity Streetcar bound for Dogo-Onsen from JR Matsuyama Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00‐17:30 (Castle Tower)
Closed: Third Wednesday in December
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Matsuyama Castle Tower Admission: 510 yen for adults, 150 yen for children
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Dai-tenshu (large castle tower): the Last Perfect Castle Architecture of the Edo Period
Matsuyama-jo's Dai-tenshu (large castle tower) is the only one of the existing 12 castle towers in Japan that has the family crest of the lord on its roof tiles. It displays the valuable armor of the first lord and other documents and objects. Also, you can enjoy the view of the city of Matsuyama, if the weather permits, even the islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
Stone Walls of Artistic Excellence
Many of the Matsuyama Castle's stone walls are large and splendid. Especially the castle keep's wall is 14 meters high and magnificent. Nobori-ishigaki, a stone wall connecting the keep and the building on the castle foot, is one of only two existing "Nobori-ishigaki" in Japan. The part that has the keep is in a fan-like form and beautifully finished.
Shiroyama Park includes the Whole Ground of Matsuyama Castle
Shiroyama Park was developed as a city park and is a major park in the city, covering the entire area of Matsuyama Castle. Both locals and tourists love this park with lush greenery to come and enjoy the view of the castle.