Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto Jo) is one of four castles designated as National Treasures of Japan the oldest castle donjon of which remains in Japan. Constructed began in 1592 on this elegant black and white structure with three turrets.
Because of the elegant black roof, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called Crow Castle. Inside the castle are step stairs and low ceilings leading past displays of armor and weapons from the Sengoku period ("Warring-States") when the castle was build.
The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below
The easiest way to get to Matsumoto Castle is take the train direct from Hakuba Station.
The castle is open from 8:30am - 4:30pm and closed 29 Dec - 3 Jan
Adults 600yen Children 300yen
In winter Ski Japan Holidays have guided tours to Matsumoto.
On the way to Matsumoto they stop of at the Wasabi (Horseradish) Farm. The largest one in Japan! Here you can try wasabi foods including wasabi ice cream. In Matsumoto there is a guided tour of the castle, As well as lunch.
The tours leave at 8:15am and arrive back at Hakuba at 5:00pm
Price including lunch and entry to both castle and farm
Adults 9000yen Children 7,000yen