Japan, Day 6: Matusmoto Castle, Travel Day

27 Dec 2013 /

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto-jo) is one of Japan‘s premier historic castles. The building is also known as the “Crow Castle” (Karasu-jo) 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.

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.

The second floor of the main keep features a gun museum, Teppo Gura, with a collection of guns, armor, and other weapons.

Wikipedia

Today was mostly a travel day, driving back to Tokyo from the lair of the snow monkeys. On the way back, we stopped at Matsumoto Castle, an impressive edifice built back in the late 1500s . . .

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle


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