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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto-jō (Matsumoto Castle) is one of the most complete and beautiful castles in Japan.
Its wooden interior provides an authentic experience unlike that felt at many other castles in the country that were rebuilt of ferro-concrete. Interesting features of the castle include steep wooden stairs, openings to drop stones onto invaders, openings for archers, as well as an observation deck at the top, sixth floor of the main keep with nice views over the surrounding city.

Matsumoto-jō is Japan’s oldest original wooden castle.
The main castle and its second donjon were built from 1592 to 1614. These structures were well-fortified as peace was not yet fully achieved at the time.
Built in contrasting black and white, it got the nickname Karasu-jō which means Crow Castle.

It's a serious climb by very steep stairs to the sixth floor, and since everything is in wood, you have to visit the interior and make the climb on your stockings.

At my previous picture I mentioned that my spring trip of this year did generally not have the beautiful sunny weather I had enjoyed last year in Japan.
In Matsumoto is was pretty cold. This picture and the one in the workshop ware taken in the afternoon. I stayed at the castle to take more pictures at the blue hour and also some night shots. By then it was cold, cold, COLD.

But the castle was beautifully illuminated and it was definitely worth to stay there.
However, I did not have a tripod and there was nowhere a wall or a bench that were really suitable. So I don’t know if I will post one of the pictures taken during the later hours since the sharpness isn’t that good at all. Anyway, I enjoyed the beautiful views.

Information from: http://www.japan-guide.com and from the Lonely Planet Guide.

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