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  Stunning views of Matsumoto Castle.
by worldkiwi

Matusmoto-jo is Japan's oldest castle. It was built over 400 years ago. The entrance fee is JPY600 (NZ$8.60).
You need to take your shoes off when you enter the castle and can carry them around with you in a supplied plastic bag.
The castle contains displays of artifacts and information about Matsumoto-jo's history. The views from the top floor are excellent in Matsumoto's clear mountain air. The moon viewing pavilion is the last room you pass through on the route through the castle and is a relatively recent addition to the castle.
Be warned that some of the stairways in the castle are very steep and narrow - more like ladders really. Elderly people will find these very difficult to navigate.
The castle is very photogenic from the south and west sides, in particular.

Directions: From the JR Matsumoto station, it is about a 15 minute walk to the castle. Walk down Agatanomori Street and then turn left into Honmachi Street and follow this all the way across the river and up Daimyocho Street.

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  • Written Apr 28, 2006
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