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Matsumoto Castle, Japan

From series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Year: 16th century.

Matsumoto is considered to be the most beautiful castle in Japan. It was built in the end of the 16th century and is located in the town of the same name. The unofficial name of the building is very symbolic. It is called 'the castle of the ravens' because of the black façade and the fine architectural forms. Although the castle was built for the military targets, it was also concerned about its spiritual component. One of the sides of the castle was specially designed for observing the moon. The guests of the castle can also nowadays visit the so-called 'Mondgemächer'.

Matsumoto Castle, Japan In the last few years, the castle was empty and under threat of demolition. The ordinary tourists have saved the castle from destruction. The close proximity to Tokyo has made the Matsumoto Palace one of the most visited architectural monuments of the capital. The main characteristic of the castle is its architecture. From the outside, the building seems to be five-storey, although there are actually six floors, the last of which is hidden behind the defenses.

Today the tourists have a unique opportunity to climb up the steep steps of the castle, to look into the hall of the Samurai and to see the collections of the ancient weapons. On the main tower of the castle was the excellent viewing platform. To get to it you have to cross a very narrow and steep staircase. Remarkable that the variety of narrow passages and steep stairs are not the fault of medieval construction workers. The steep steps and narrow corridors were built to improve the castle fortification. In the summer the interesting festivals dedicated to the national culture are held in the castle. The Mondfestival takes place here in autumn. In the night of the full moon, the tourists aim to climb up to the lookout platform of the main tower from which the wonderful view of the full moon opens. Next - Frederiksberg Slot


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Nearest airports:
 »  Matsumoto Airport MMJ - in 9 km
 »  Toyama Airport TOY - in 82 km
 »  Komatsu Airport KMQ - in 140 km
 »  Gifu Aero Airport QGU - in 141 km
 »  Nagoya Airport NKM - in 144 km
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Best hotels near Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto BackPackers

Located in 0 km from Matsumoto Castle
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Rooms: 3
The simple rooms are fitted with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding. They come with large windows that offer plenty of … More: photo, rates and booking
Buena Vista

Located in 1 km from Matsumoto Castle
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Rooms: 200
Decorated in light natural tones, the spacious rooms come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar. Guests at … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Tamanoyu

Located in 2 km from Matsumoto Castle
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Rooms: 36
Tamanoyu offers comfortable rooms with a Japanese or Western decor, all fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and an electric kettle. Free green tea … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Shoho

Located in 3 km from Matsumoto Castle
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Rooms: 97
The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a safety deposit box. Japanese Yukata robes and toothbrush set are provided, and the … More: photo, rates and booking

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Kamioka
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73 km - Toilet at Madarao-Kogen
The hotel Madarao-Kogen is located on the popular ski resort Madarao Kogen, which is located in the Iiyama district, admiring visitors with the original thematic design of the toilet. Sitting on the cobblestone, you can notice that the walls and the door are decorated …
Shirakawa-go Village
95 km - Shirakawa-go Village
The best place to enjoy a relaxing retreat in Japan is the ancient village of Shirakawa-go. This remote village is situated in the mountainous area. The site is surrounded by soaring mountains that protect it from wind and other vagaries of nature. One of the main …
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103 km - Aokigahara Jukai Forest
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Top destination around Matsumoto Castle - Nagano

The city is located in the central part of the country and is characterized by the presence of the highest mountain ranges in Japan (Hotaka, Jari, Kiso and Akaisi), between which flow fast mountain rivers, the largest of which are Hime, Chikuma and Kiso. This unique landscape has made its impact on climatic conditions of the region. In summer it is pretty cool in Nagano, and winters are always cold and snowy.

The city has always been very attractive in commercial and military terms, because it connects the eastern and western parts of the country. Due to the fact Nagano was chosen to host the Olympic Games in 1998, the city's main attractions are mainly sports facilities. These are modern hi-tech facilities, which will conquer the heart of any athlete. Of course, in Nagano you will also find several ancient temples, one of the most famous of which is Dzenkodzi founded in the 7th century. Its construction lasted until the 18th century, and it’s really hard to find another church that can conquer in terms of beauty and grandeur.
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