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.