Matsumoto castle is located in a city that serves as the gateway to the Japanese Northern Alps: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The castle has been designated a national treasure, and we are lucky to have three of the four national treasure castles in the Chubu region.
Matsumoto Castle’s construction began in 1592 and ended in 1614 in the time of Shimadate Sadanaga of the Ogasawara clan. The sakura blossom season is the busiest period, and visitors must wait several hours to go inside the castle.
★Access: A short 15-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride from JR Matsumoto train station
★Admission: 610 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students
Photos & report by Enkhee Purev
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