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Matsumoto Castle, A historic castle in Japan




Castle as seen from the Uzumibashi bridge


Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle.
The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" (烏城). It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain.
It is located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture and is within easy reach of Tokyo by road or railway.
The keep (Tenshukaku), which was completed in the late sixteenth century, maintains its original wooden interiors
and external stonework. It is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (平城)
because it is not built on a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain. Its complete defences would have included
an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats, and gatehouses.

松本城は安土桃山時代末期-江戸時代初期に建造された。天守は国宝に指定され、城跡は国の史跡に指定されている。
松本城と呼ばれる以前は深志城と言われていた。



(L) Taikomon (R) Kuromon (Black Gate )

A swan swimming in a moat

Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle, surrounded by a moat.

(L) A weeping cherry tree and castle tower (R) An era-actor in front of the Matsumoto Castle, that is often seen in the oversea historical places.

Inside of Matsumoto Castle
The narrow stairway up to the castle tower (Tenshukaku) is very steep and dangerous to the elderly.

(L) A ceiling assembly of the Tnshukaku, Castle Tower
(R) The second floor of the main keep features a gun museum, Teppo Gura, with a collection of guns, armor, and other weapons



Nagoya Castle


松本城
2018年4月執筆
「禁煙席ネット」主宰 日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written and photographs were taken by Dr. J. Miyamoto, in April 2018.




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