Matsumoto Castle in Nagano, Japan



Coming back to seeing the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, another part of our tour was to visit Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture.


Before that, we ate at a food court by a park.

Matsumoto Castle is one of the only five castles in Japan that are listed as National Treasures.


I asked our tour guide why Shuri Castle in Okinawa is not listed as one of Japan’s National Treasures.


The distinction is that Shuri Castle was reconstructed with the use of old photos. Matsumoto has been through a lot of renovations but it is essentially has its original construction including the stonework.




This mighty fine castle has gone through property claim issues where people fought to keep it and not fall in wrongful hands. It has gone through the war where they beg for it to not get destroyed. Ultimately, it has gone through even an earthquake.

After the tour of the castle, we explored more around Matsumoto area.

There is a street lined with antique shops, and lots of “frogs” to be found.


Ending our tour was the drive back to Kanagawa Prefecture with more very picturesque mountain views.

All images are taken with Samsung S6.


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17 replies »

  1. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing! Are you based in Japan? I’ve been there a couple of times but I simply cannot remember if this was one place I had visited. Looked like I did, only I’d gone there deeper in Winter and the trip ended less fruitful than I’d liked…

  2. Hard to keep up with you Rommel, I think your last posts were from Greece! It must be marvelous to be able to see so much of this world, and it’s lovely to share some of it with you. 🙂

  3. Well preserved castle. In 1550 or 1551, it came under the possession of the Takeda clan that were samurai who were also shinobi (ninja), and they waged war against the merciless and bloodthirsty Oda Nobunaga.

  4. These are such beautiful and peaceful shots…it looks like a perfect serene place to spend some time. The history of these places add to this feel and mood, you must be having a wonderful time. Enjoy and safe travels.

  5. You won’t be surprised to know that I liked your blue sky photos better, Rommel, but I would love to see a little of Japan. In warmer weather, of course. 🙂

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