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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto CastleMatsumoto Castle is one of the beautiful castles in Japan, and is in the center of Matsumoto city.
It is located about 1 km northeast of JR Matsumoto station.

It was first built by Ogasawara Clan in 1504, and at that time, the castle was called "Fukashi Castle".
Matsumoto city is positioned right in the center of Nagano Prefecture, so the area was important place.

In 1550, a strong warlord Shingen Takeda invaded from current Yamanashi Prefecture, then this castle was occupied by him, and Ogasawara Clan had been expelled.
But Takeda Family was destroyed in 1582, so Ogasawara Clan came back this castle again.
At that time, the name of castle was changed to Matsumoto Castle.
And the current castle tower was built in 1594.

During Edo Period (1603-1867), this castle had been enhanced as the central base for the government of this area.

After opening of new Meiji government in the 1870s, medieval castle became unneed, but the people of this city hoped to keep this.
Then this castle was designated as a historical site in 1930, and was designated a national treasure in 1936.

This castle is one of the only 12 Japanese castles that the original castle tower remains today.
And its black walls are unique and give us dignified impression.
Because of the black color, a nickname "Karasu-jo" (Crow Castle) has been given to this castle.

How to get to here

To Matsumoto by railroad

  • From Shinjuku, by limited express "Azusa" on JR Chuo Line, about 2 hours and 40 minutes - 3 hours.
  • From Nagoya, by limited express "Shinano" on JR Chuo Line, about 2 hours and 5 minutes.

From Matsumoto station to Matsumoto Castle

By route bus, about 10 minutes. On foot, about 20 minutes.

By car

Run on Chuo Expressway, Nagano Expressway and exit Matsumoto exit. About 210 km from Tokyo.
From the exit, about 3 km.

Bridge to the site of castle Matsumoto Castle
Moat and stone wall of Matsumoto Castle A gate of Matsumoto Castle
Photo by Railstation.net
Castle and cherry blossoms in the evening
Mount Norikura from Matsumoto Castle

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