Matsumoto Castle

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  • Day22

    Jour #22: Départ de Nagano

    July 30, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Réveil tôt pour se préparer et se rediriger vers la vraie campagne, cette fois dans le village onsen de Kinugawa. La journée d'hier nous a laissé profiter d'un magnifique château que l'on a pu visiter, de ses jardins ainsi que de spécialités de la préfecture. À présent, on saute dans le train pour découvrir ce qui sera probablement notre plus beau logement du voyage !Read more

  • Day8

    Matsumoto Castle

    July 18, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    After a peaceful train ride out of Tokyo through rolling hills and into low, jagged green mountains, we came to Matsumoto. After a lunchbox ramen and gyoza we toured the largest castle in Japan, a gorgeous all-wood 16th century building.Read more

  • Day6


    March 9, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Early morning train from Nagano to have time to spend in Matsumoto.
    Visit of the magnificent castle in the morning. Really impressive building especially given that it is about 500 y/o! And wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
    Delicious unagi (eel on rice) lunch at Sakuraya.
    Walked around the very pleasant Nakamachi area and then train for Hakone to join Benedict.
    Good to see him and first of a long series of good meals at Yakudo for charcoal BBQ.
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  • Day19

    Matsumoto castle

    August 3, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I stood at Matsumoto just for one night to see the old Matsumoto castle. In the hostel I met a nice Chinese girl who joined me on the tour around the castle. It was really nice to meet her! ☺️

    Ich blieb in Matsumoto nur für eine Nacht. Im Hostel traf ich eine nette Chinesin, die mich auf Tour durch das Matsumoto Schloß begleitet hat. Es wirklich nett, sie zu treffen! ☺️
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  • Day5

    Matsumoto Castle

    January 2, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    We were privileged to visit this castle on such a beautiful day with the sun shining and crisp fresh morning.
    This castle is quite majestic and is surrounded by a moat which is the first one we have seen in Japan.
    Matsumoto-jō is one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle.
    The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" due to its black exterior.
    It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain. It is located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture and is within easy reach of Tokyo by road or rail.
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  • Day5

    Matsumoto Palace (cont’d)

    January 2, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    The keep (tenshukaku), which was completed in the late sixteenth century, maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework. It is listed as a National Treasure of Japan.

    Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (hirajiro) because it is not built on a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain. Its complete defences would have included an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats, and gatehouses.

    The castle's origins go back to the Sengoku period. At that time Shimadachi Sadanaga of the Ogasawara clan built a fort on this site in 1504, which originally was called Fukashi Castle. In 1550 it came under the rule of the Takeda clan and then Tokugawa Ieyasu.

    When Toyotomi Hideyoshi transferred Ieyasu to the Kantō region, he placed Ishikawa Kazumasa in charge of Matsumoto. Kazumasa and his son Yasunaga built the tower and other parts of the castle, including the three towers: the keep and the small tower in the northwest, both begun in 1590, and the Watari Tower; the residence; the drum gate; the black gate, the Tsukimi Yagura, the moat, the innermost bailey, the second bailey, the third bailey, and the sub-floors in the castle, much as they are today. They also were instrumental in laying out the castle town and its infrastructure. It is believed much of the castle was completed by 1593–94.

    During the Edo period, the Tokugawa shogunate established the Matsumoto Domain, of which the Matsudaira, Mizuno, and others were the daimyōs.

    For the next 280 years until the abolition of the feudal system in the Meiji Restoration, the castle was ruled by the 23 lords of Matsumoto representing six different daimyō families. In this period the stronghold was also known as Crow Castle (烏城, Karasu-jo) because its black walls and roofs looked like spreading wings.
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