Matsumoto Castle – Magnificent Ancient Castle in Japan
Matsumoto is the second largest city in Nagano prefecture. The city is so famous for its Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto-jo), which is one of the best castles in Japan. In addition, Matsumoto also has become one of the entrances to the exciting destinations such as the Japanese Alps, Kamikochi adan Korikura. from Tokyo, the Matsumoto catle can be reached in less than 3 hours by express train,
Matsumoto Castle is the oldest castle in Japan, built in Bunroku period (1593-1594) and has endured for more than 400 years of natural defects.
An amazing view will displayed in front of the eyes when you see Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto castle is so pretty in black and stand across a small river. In the distance we can see high mountains enclose the scenery behind.
Because it’s black appearance, Matsumoto castle also called as “Crow Castle.” The castle is very popular during the spring of Sakura. when the light lit at night, only for a limited period during the spring of Sakura, the castle will be very crowded. You can enjoy walking around the castle in the city that creates an atmosphere of Edo era, especially in road Nawate Nakamachi.
Matsumoto Castle is a special place that has power to evoke the spirit in man. Visually, This palace is fabulous. Magnificent black wall and roof tiles with white facade form a tremendous contrast, including accented red bridge over the pond.
Visitors that going into the Matsumoto-jo must to open footwear. castle guards will provide plastic bags for visitors to carry their shoes. There are five floors inside, each of which has its own function. Now on each floor are included exhibition of historical objects such as the royal household appliances, ancient clothing, armor, weapons, as well as the work literature. in every corner of the room on each floor there also an explanation of the use of the entire room.
Matsumoto Castle organizes various events throughout the year, including the Festival of soba as well as Seiji Ozawa Festival. The best time to see the Matsumoto Castle is in mid-April, when more than 300 trees of Somei yoshino blossom.
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