Matsumoto's namesake castle is the oldest existing castle in Japan and is recognized as a National Treasure. The castle alone is the main highlight for Matsumoto. Everything seems to be built around this castle. Of course, the journey towards the castle itself is very enjoyable. With street food, and interesting local craft stores along the way. I even managed to find a bath house along the way.
Upon reaching, you will be walking through some sort of a park outside the moat. It is beautiful, although the place is packed with tourists and travelers. Nonetheless its still a nice place to relax in the park with beautiful scenery.
There is an entrance fee to enter the castle compound, and that there is a super long queue to enter the actual castle. Am sure not many historical castles allows you to enter to view the insides and architecture of it.
The night time view of this castle is magnificent! It's lit up and the reflection shines down on the moat, and it looks stunning!
In between the castle and Matsumoto Station are two shopping streets not to be missed, Nawate-dori (aka “Frog Street”) with small specialty shops and eateries, and Nakamachi, lined with picturesque Kura (earthen-walled store-house) –type buildings.
Matsumoto Castle / 松本城
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