Day 5: Hakone–Takayama

Japan Castle-Matsumoto

Travel to Matsumoto by bus Matsumoto Castle visit
Matsumoto Castle is one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures ofJapan Matsumoto Castle
Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. Construction began in1592 of the elegant black and white structure with its three turrets. Because of  the elegant black walls, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called ‘Crow Castle’.  Inside the castle are steep stairs and low ceilings leading past displays of  armor and weapons from the Sengoku period (“Warring-States”) when the castle was built. The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below.
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