Matsumoto-jo Castle

alin

Dec 8, 2016

What’s the most famous sightseeing spot in Matsumoto city? Matsumoto Castle, of course! It is Japan’s oldest castle and one of four castles designated as a ‘National Treasure of Japan’.
I like how the castle is not outwardly glamorous. Instead, it has a solemn and peaceful vibe because of its elegant and mysterious black exterior. No wonder it is nicknamed ‘Crow Castle’.

I recommend coming in Spring, around April, as that’s when the cherry blossoms flower. Try to stay till nightfall as the contrast of the white cherry blossoms and the castle illuminated is absolutely stunning.

Depending on the season, there are different seasonal events for you to join and have fun. In spring, you can join the cherry blossom party with performances by Gagaku. In summer, there’s the Soba Festival (new), and Beer and Wine Fiesta. In winter, there will be a beautiful ice sculpture at the castle.

The castle is just within walking distance of Matsumoto Station, so getting there shouldn’t be a big issue. While you’re here, don’t forget to explore the surrounding castle town and Matsumoto city.

松本市で有名な観光スポットといえば『松本城』。

五重六階の天守としては日本最古であることも有名で、その外観の黒さから別名『カラス城』とも呼ばれています。豪華絢爛な華やかさはありませんが、厳粛たる美しさがあり、城マニアからも人気を集めています。

季節を問わず楽しめる場所ですが、最もおすすめなのが春(4月中旬頃)の桜とのコラボレーションです。特に、闇夜に照らされた松本城と、白く輝く満開の桜は圧巻。桜のシーズンは日によって桜夜会が開かれ、雅楽の演奏や甘酒なども楽しめます。これぞジャパニーズビューティと喜んでもらえる事間違いなし!

秋は新そば祭りやビール、ワインフェスタ、冬は氷彫フェスティバルなどイベントが豊富です。松本駅からも徒歩県内ですので、周辺の城下町の風情を楽しみながらお出かけください。

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