Matsumae: Japan’s Northernmost Castle Town – HOKKAIDO LOVE!

Matsumae is the only castle town in all of Hokkaido, making it home to the northernmost castle in Japan. Matsumae Castle also happens to be the last Japanese castle built anywhere in the country.  In addition to its historic significance, the park surrounding the castle was selected as one of the top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots in all of Japan. It is often referred to as the best place to see cherry blossoms in all of Hokkaido. Over 250 varieties of cherry trees grow throughout the park, allowing for a long blooming season that lasts for nearly a month. The cherry blossoms typically bloom from late April until mid-May.

Matsumae Castle and Park

129 Matsushiro, Matsumae, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido