Constructed between 1602 and 1628, Matsuyama Castle is one of Japan’s twelve “original castles” which have survived the post-feudal era since 1868 intact. It is also one of the most interesting castles in Japan.
Perched atop Mount Katsuyama, a steep hill in the city centre, the castle’s main circle of defense (Honmaru) is accessible through multiple, well defended gates. The castle complex also includes a secondary keep and multiple turrets, giving the whole an impressive appearance and making it interesting to explore. Inside the castle, some exhibits offer information on Matsuyama’s history and the feudal period.
Despite the castle’s hilltop location, a ropeway and a chairlift make it easily accessible.