Matsumoto Castle, National Treasure of Japan
Event Information

Winter Events

Winterizing

  • DateDecember 1st (Sat.)
  • Time2:00 p.m., continuing for about 1 hour.
  • PlaceNational Treasure Matsumoto Castle Honmaru Garden and Matsumoto Castle Park
  • AdmissionSpectators fee for Matsumoto Castle is charged. Adult: ¥610, Child: ¥300 (Admission fee includes admission to National Treasure Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum exhibitions) There is a group discount. *Last entry at 4:30 p.m.
  • DetailsIn order to protect the plants, such as Ogasawara trees, peonies, pine trees, and Kirishima azaleas, from the heavy snow, "Warabocchi" and "Yukizuri" are done.
    It is a well-known feature of winter poems.

Decoration of Kadomatsu

  • DateDecember 12th (Tue.)
  • Time9:00 a.m. - around 3:00 p.m.
  • PlaceIn front of Kuromon Gate (Second gate) and Taiko-mon Gate (Second gate)
  • Spectators feeFree (Admission to the Honmaru Garden and the castle tower is charged)
  • DetailsIn order to celebrate a new year and wish for a safe year, a big kadomatsu is put on each gate.

Susuharai, Decorating Shimenawa

  • DateDecember 28th (Fri.)
  • Time9:00 a.m. - around 11:30 a.m.
  • Place3 places: National Treasure Matsumoto Castle's castle tower entrance, Kuromon Gate, and Taiko-mon Gate.
  • AdmissionSpectators fee for Matsumoto Castle is charged. Adult: ¥610, Child: ¥300 (Admission fee includes admission to National Treasure Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum exhibitions) There is a group discount. *Last entry at 4:30 p.m.
    *Spectators fee for Drum Gate is free
  • Details30 staff members clean the dust on Taiko-mon Gate, Kuromon Gate, and the castle tower for the year.In addition, Matsumoto Kojokai and the staff decorate a hand-made shimenawa.

The 28th National Treasure Matsumoto Castle New Spring Celebration

  • DateJanuary 3rd, 2019 (Thu.)
  • Time10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • PlaceKuromon Gate Masugata, Honmaru Garden
  • AdmissionFree (Admission to the castle tower is charged.)
  • DetailsAn annual event to celebrate a new year.When the drumming of Kojo-taiko starts, Kuromon Gate's doors are opened.
    On the grounds, Japanese traditional cypress cups for sake (which have the family emblem of Matsumoto Castle's lord). Also, Japanese sweet sake is sold for the first time of the year. Moreover, there is a lottery is supposed to be held where you may win some Japanese traditional goods.
  • OthersWe are supporsed to provide tickets (only for the first 1,000 guests) for the Japanese traditional cypress cups for sake at the Black Gate entrance at 9:30 a.m. before the supposed to gate opening ceremony.

The National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Ice Carving Festival

  • DateThe end of January 2019
  • Timeundecided
  • PlaceMatsumoto Castle Park
  • AdmissionAdmission to Matsumoto Castle park and Honmaru Garden is free (Admission to the castle tower is charged.)
  • DetailsAs part of the winter festival, "Sawayaka Shinshu Matsumoto Festival", there is a various event with a backdrop of National Treasure Matsumoto Castle.
    ・"Jumbo Slider" set up
    ・Shinshu Matsumoto hotpot festival, etc.

The 65th Cultural Property Fire-safety day National Treasure Matsumoto Castle Multidiscipline Fire-fighting Training

  • DateJanuary 26th, 2019 (Sat.)
  • Time9:00 a.m. ~ 9:55 a.m. (May be changed)
  • PlaceNational Treasure Matsumoto Castle's castle tower and Honmaru Garden
  • AdmissionSpectators fee for Matsumoto Castle is charged. Adult: ¥610, Child: ¥300 (Admission fee includes admission to National Treasure Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum exhibitions) There is a group discount.
  • DetailsThere was a fire on January 26, 1949, which burned the Nara Horyuji Kondo Mural. This fire was the impetus to establish "cultural property fire-safety day" in 1955, with a theme of, "Pass down cultural property to posterity."
    Since then, at this time every year, there are cultural property fire-safety activities all over the nation in order to preserve important cultural properties from fire, earthquake, and other disasters. These activities are also used to spread the idea of protection of cultural properties.
    Multidiscipline fire-fighting training is practiced at National Treasure Matsumoto Castle.