Matsuyama Castle

Matsuyama Castle is one of twelve Japanese castles with an original keep constructed before the end of the Edo period (1603–1867). The castle complex exemplifies Japanese castle architecture with highly defensive design features, such as interconnected keeps. The main keep is linked to a smaller secondary keep and two corner turrets by parapets. This encloses a large courtyard that potential attackers would need to breach and pass through to access the main keep. There are 21 designated National Important Cultural Properties at the castle and on its wider grounds which are part of Shiroyama Park. The castle is located on a hill, affording views of Matsuyama City. For some of the best views, enter the castle and climb to the top floor of the keep.

Basic Infomation

  • Address
    1 Marunouchi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime
  • Hours
    9:00 to 17:00* (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
    *Depending on the season
  • Closed
    Third Wednesday in December
  • Admission
    Adults (over 13) 520 yen
    Children (under 12) 160 yen * Up to two children aged under 5 go free with each adult (tickets required for any additional children).
    * Holders of a physical disability certificate are entitled to free entry for a carer (please bring your certificate).
    * Discounts for groups of over 25 available (Adults only)

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