Uwajima Castle is one of the 12 castles that survived from the Edo Period. It is located on the top of 80m tall mountain in Ehime Prefecture and it is classified as a hirayamajiro that means a castle on a hill on a plain. The castle occupies a small hill now a wooden park which is very close to the sea. A widely known expert in castle building, Todo Takatora is the who designed the castle in 1596 and it took almost 6 years to complete the main keep as well as the related structure of the castle.
Because the castle is located on the top of a mountain, the main keep can be reached by a walking trail from the north or south of the castle. On your way to the castle, visitors can see stone walls that leads to a forest. If you go to the northern appoach to the castle, you will pass by the Yamazato Soko that now serves as a small museum that houses festival props, craft tools and an old rickshaw and other items. After 15 minutes of walking, you will reach the castle's main keep that is considered as an Important Cultural Property, it has three-tiers that is about 15.8 m high. The main keep exhibits armors and swords belonging to past feudal lords as well as several portraits of them.
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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