Matsuyama Castle is one of Japan's twelve surviving castles during the post-feudal era even if it was burnt twice on 1642 and 1784 by lightning. It is located on a steep hill in the center of Matsuyama Koen Park that is surrounded by the rest of the Matsumaya city in Ehime Prefecture.
The castle was originally constructed between 1602 and 1628 by Kato Yoshiaki and once became the residence of the Kato Clan.
One of the amazing experience when reaching the temple is its offers a bird's eye view of Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea.
The three-story tower or the Donjon is listed as an important cultural property and houses samurai swords, old palanquins and armor inside which belonged to the previous feudal lords. The castle also exhibits information of Matsuyama's history and the feudal period.
On the grounds of the castle, there are about 200 cherry trees, making the place one of the best spot for cherry blossom viewing around late March to early April each year.
The castle is located in a steep hill and can be reached by ropeway or chairlift. The closest tram stop and chairlift station is "Okaido" and Okaido can be reached by tram line from JR Matsuyama Station or by tram line 2 or 3 from. Matsuyama-shi Station.
From Okaido, it is a 5 minute walk to the lower ropeway station to the castle.
The Matsuyama Castle Keep opems at 9:00 to 17:00. Until 6:30 in December and January and until 17:30 in August.
It is closed on December 29
Admission Fee is 510 Yen.
The ropeway operation starts at 8:30 to 17:30. Until 17:00 in December and January and until 18:00 in August.
While the chairlift operation starts at 8:30 to 17:00 all throughout the year. It has no closing days Service fee is 510 Yen for round trip and 270 Yen for one way.
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