Matsumoto City Museum
The castle grounds (and your admission ticket) also include the Matsumoto City Museum, with its small displays relating to the region's...
Former Kaichi School
A few blocks north of the castle, the former Kaichi School is both an Important Cultural Property and the oldest elementary school in...
Matsumoto Timepiece Museum
Home to Japan's largest pendulum clock (on the building's exterior) and over 300 other timepieces, incuding fascinating medieval...
In the perfect spot, a block south of the river, across from Nakamachi, you'll find this popular pub with good lunch specials and,...
This simple Taiwanese eatery near the castle serves amazing spicy soups, noodles and veggies as well as the standard array of Chinese...
4-1 Marunōchi · interesting places nearby
Magnificent, must-see Matsumoto-jō is Japan's oldest wooden castle and one of four castles designated National Treasures – the others are Hikone, Himeji and Inuyama. The magnificent three-turreted donjon was completed around 1595, in contrasting black and white, leading to the nickname Karasu-jō (Crow Castle). Steep steps lead up six storeys, with impressive views from each level. Lower floors display guns, bombs and gadgets with which to storm castles, and a delightful tsukimi yagura (moon-viewing pavilion). It has a tranquil moat full of carp, with the occasional swan gliding beneath the red bridges. The basics are explained over loudspeakers in English and Japanese. You can also ask at the entrance about a free tour in English (subject to availability), or call the Goodwill Guide Group (32-7140) which gives free one-hour tours by reservation.