Matsumoto Castle

The lovely Matsumoto Castle

Today we visit the Matsumoto Castle, one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures’ of Japan with over 400 years of history. With the Japanese Alps in the the background and a red bridge connecting the surrounding moat, it is one of the most picturesque castles in all of Japan.

After a whirlwind tour of Kanto region, we were finally headed home Along the way we decided to stop at the beautiful Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) in Nagano Prefecture Constructed in 1592, it is one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon (castle keep) remaining in Japan Takasaki to Matsumoto After an early morning tour of Shorinzan Darumaji Temple, we were back in Takasaki From Takasaki we took the Shinkansen to Nagano The journey takes about an hour and passing through some breathtaking mountains Nagano Mountains At Nagano Station, after grabbing

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