The castle was built by the end of the 16th century of stone and wood, not on a hilltop but on a plain. It was surrounded with a moat. This type of castle is called the "hirajiro". Matsumoto Castle is considered as Japanese cultural heritage. On the second floor, you can find an armory museum with a rich collection of old weapons, including harness. Every summer, the Taiko Drumming Festival takes place in Matsumoto Castle. In the course of the year, the locality hosts numerous cultural events and festivals.
Matsumoto Castle is open for public daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5.p.m. In summer, it closes at 6 p.m. It is closed from 29th December to 3rd January. Admission: 600 JPY (adults) and 300 JPY (children) .