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Matsuyama Castle

  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle
  • Matsuyama Castle


    Matsuyama Castle features a tenshu (castle tower or keep) built in the early Edo period. Castle construction began in 1602 and took about a quarter of a century to complete. Construction of the castle began in 1602 and took about a quarter of a century to complete. Located in the center of Matsuyama City, the top floor of the castle tower overlooks the Matsuyama-heiya Plain and the Seto Inland Sea. From the Ninomaru (second circle of defense) to the Honmaru (main circle of defense) is a nobori-ishigaki (climbing stone wall), a form of defense used in Wa-jō (Japanese castles built in Korea in the 16th century), and the southern part of the wall remains in almost perfect condition. All of Shiroyama Park, including Horinouchi, is a national historic site, and 21 buildings here have been designated important national cultural properties. The site is also famous for its sweeping views of the city nightscape, as well as for cherry-blossom viewing.


    Basic information

    Marunouchi, Matsuyama City
    How to Get There
    10 minute walk from Chojaganaru ropeway and lift station
    *20-30 minute walk from the paths up to the castle
    Open time
    Castle tower 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.; varies according to the season)
    Castle Tower: the third Wednesday of December
    Adult: ¥520, Child: ¥160
    • Good nighttime option
    • Pet-friendly (Consultation may be required)
    • Free
    • Accessible by public transportation
    Who are you traveling with?
    • Children
    • Family
    • Couple
    • Friends
    • Alone
    • Senior
    Recommended seasons
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Autumn
    • Winter
    Please be aware that changes may be made to the information due to various circumstances.
    For the latest information, please contact the respective facilities directly.
    ・Paid parking lot
    ・Admission to the keep is charged
    ・For inquiries about the Field Museum Master, please contact the Town Development Promotion Section (telephone 089-948-6996).

    Detailed information

    089-921-4873 (Matsuyama Castle General Office)
    Web Site
    This information is correct as of 12/2023. For details, please visit the official website of each facility or contact each facility.