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“Beware the clown slippers”
Review of Matsuyama Castle

Matsuyama Castle
Ranked #1 of 126 things to do in Matsuyama
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Impressive reconstruction. I actually liked the display of traditional carpentry joints used in construction. Inside one has to don overshoes. All the locals got green plastic cloggs, but the attendant rushed up to me and proffered some large leather slippers. So large in fact I had great difficulty maneuvering up and down steep stairs. Is that a joke on the Gai jin to see them in clown shoes or a special honour? Good view over city and bay from the top.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

A beautiful old castle, with great views of the city. Very well maintained and restored. Short drive from the centre of town with plenty of parking

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

This huge castle/fortress looms over the city of Matsumoto on the coast of western Shikoku. It is huge in scale and size with many of the original outlying buildings, turrents, gates, etc. still intact. Most of it has been burned down over the years and rebuilt, arson, lightening, American bombing all took out various parts of the buildings so except for the stone walls little is truly "original". But it remains one of the most impressive places you will ever see in Japan.

Not as beautiful perhaps as the White Heron Castle in Heimiji, but as a military installation it is exceptional.

Excellent English language signage which is not common in Japanese Castles. These provide a good explanation of what you are seeing.

I can not recommend it too highly.

You can get there by taxi from Matsuyama Station about 1000 yen, or trolley 150 yen a lot more fun and virtually as fast. Take the cable car up and then walk down.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Situated high on a hill overlooking the city, the castle has a commanding view of the surrounding countryside which in the fall is punctuated by colorful autumn leaves, making for some great photo ops. And the climb doesn't end even once inside the castle since there are several levels to explore, all linked by narrow stairways. The men in our group had great fun trying on the armor and intricate costumes of the shogunate era. It is a truly authentic medieval castle, and a must-see attraction in Matsuyama.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We went there on Saturday. We arrived about 40 minutes before the opening to walk the grounds and to get to the castle when it's still empty, but unlike a weekday, weekends obviously are busy days. There were a lot of individuals as well as groups, I would say in all at least a hundred people who approached the closed gate. A man in kimono and sneakers came out and gave a short speech as the crowd cheered, then people pushed the gate doors and we witnessed something we'd never seen in Japan. We got a free demonstration on how they used to take castles by storm. People rushed in. The castle fell to the crowd within minutes. They ran up and down the stairs, sat on the floors, tried on mock armor. I thought the day was lost, so I began looking at the glass cases (which are plenty at Matsuyama, the castle loses its character, it looks like a museum with unfinished wooden floors and exposed joists). It turned out that they have a great collection of original artifacts there. The castle belonged to the Matsudaira clan and the exhibition displayed their armor, belongings and written documents. It was a pleasant surprise. But a bigger surprise was when I got to the top floor. Somehow the crowd dissipated and suddenly the castle turned nearly empty so I went downstairs taking pictures and thoroughly enjoying it.

The castle was a short walk from our hotel. They have a ropeway which takes you half way thru. The view is great and there's another path to the other side of the park, closer to the train station but we had no time to explore it.

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