Matsumoto Castle is one of the beautiful castles
in Japan, and is in the center of Matsumoto city.
It is located about 1 km northeast of JR Matsumoto station.
It was first built by Ogasawara Clan in 1504, and at that time, the
castle was called "Fukashi Castle".
Matsumoto city is positioned right in the center of Nagano Prefecture, so the area was important place.
In 1550, a strong warlord Shingen Takeda invaded from current Yamanashi
Prefecture, then this castle was occupied by him, and Ogasawara Clan
had been expelled.
But Takeda Family was destroyed in 1582, so Ogasawara Clan came back this castle again.
At that time, the name of castle was changed to Matsumoto Castle.
And the current castle tower was built in 1594.
During Edo Period (1603-1867), this castle had been enhanced as the central base for the government of this area.
After opening of new Meiji government in the 1870s, medieval castle
became unneed, but the people of this city hoped to keep this.
Then this castle was designated as a historical site in 1930, and was designated a national treasure in 1936.
This castle is one of the only 12 Japanese castles that the original
castle tower remains today.
And its black walls are unique and give us dignified impression.
Because of the black color, a nickname "Karasu-jo" (Crow Castle) has been given to this castle.
By route bus, about 10 minutes. On foot, about 20 minutes.
Run on Chuo Expressway, Nagano
Expressway and exit
Matsumoto exit. About 210 km from Tokyo.
From the exit, about 3 km.
Photo by Railstation.net
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