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.
(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
Premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle
It was lucky we could observe Matsumoto Castle just during the cherry blossom
season. It is not built on
a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain. AS other Japanese castle, the
narrow stairway up to the castle tower
(Tenshukaku) is very steep, and particularly at Matsumoto Castle, it is
dangerous to the elderly person.
執筆および写真撮影 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written and photographs were taken in April 2018, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.