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Matsuyama Castle 松山城

Matsuyama Castle Matsuyama Castle
Matsuyama Castle Matsuyama Castle

An imposing fortress that has withstood war and time

Located in the heart of Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture , Matsuyama Castle offers a bird's-eye view of the area. And as one of Japan's 12 original castles, it provides insights into the region as well as into the architecture and history of Japan.

Don't Miss

  • Seeing 200 cherry trees bloom on the castle grounds from late March to early April
  • Catching beautiful panoramic views of the entire city and the Seto Inland Sea
  • Experiencing feudal Japan through hands-on exhibits

How to Get There

You can reach the castle by train and then a walk, a tram, or a ropeway.

Matsuyama Castle is perched on top of Mt. Katsuyama, and can be reached by ropeway, chairlift, or on foot.

Access to the area is about a five-minute walk from the Okaido Station tram stop. To get to Okaido Station, take the number five tram line from Matsuyama JR Station. Matsuyama City Station, take the number two or three tram line, then the chairlift or ropeway to the top of the mountain. Alternatively, you can take the path from Ninomaru Historical Gardens by Matsuyama Shiroyama Park at the base of the mountain for a pleasant 15-minute walk.

One of the twelve

Matsuyama Castle is famed as one of Japan's 12 original castles that have survived since 1868 more or less undamaged.

Burnt down twice, once by lightning

Matsuyama Castle was first built in the early 1600s by Kato Yoshiaki. Soon after, it became home to the Matsudaira family and remained so until the end of the feudal era. The castle burned down once in 1642, and again in 1784, when it was struck by lightning.

Shiroyama Park and Ninomaru Historical Garden

Shiroyama Park , at the base of Mt. Katsuyama, is a recreational park with expansive play areas and beautiful views of the castle. And with access to Ninomaru, Shiroyama Park is the perfect place to start or end your exploration of the castle.

Ninomaru Historical Garden originally served as the second circle of defense for Matsuyama Castle. While none of the buildings survived, you can see the layout of the lord's residence and offices plus landscaped greenery and ponds.

A gateway to the city's history

Matsuyama Castle has numerous buildings, unlike many other Japanese castles. Throughout the various wings of the castle you can see exhibits on weaponry, haiku poetry, traditional construction methods, and more.


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