Matsuyama Castle (松山城) is definitely the best Castle I've been in Japan. The castle stands proud above the hill, right in the middle of the town. This castle is one of the preserved castle. It is still original, with a little bit of repair here and there because of the fire long time ago. It also offers you a gorgeous view of the city from the top. There is also a place where you can dress up as a samurai inside. And for non Japanese speakers, rejoice ! All of the history and description have very good English translation. It is a very impressive castle.
The castle is located on Mount Katsu. In order to get there, you will need to take ropeway or chairlift.
I picked the chairlift because chairlift usually gives you a better view and experience.
Matsuyama Castle on the top
A little bit of history.
The stone walls. The stones are mostly granites and the corner sections are almost all stabilized by wooden logs.
Danbo insisted on posing in front of the castle
The gorgeous view
The castle were skillfully design with repeated zigzag patterns and jutting corners to confuse
Inside the castle, there are weapons and armors exhibition that you could enjoy.
English ! English everywhere !
Reminds me of Sharingan.
Lovely view from top of the castle.
If you have time to visit Matsuyama, the Matsuyama Castle is definitely place not to be miss.