Matsumoto-jo

Matsumoto-jo was built about 400 years ago, which is the oldest and original castle. It is a National Treasure. It is sometimes called ‘Ujo’, namely the castle of crow, because it is painted in black.

Matsumoto-jo is a flatland castle. It is not built on a hilltop or river. Its defences would have included an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats and gatehouses.

The main donjon, ‘tenshu-kaku’, was completed in 16th century. Its wooden interiors and external stonework are original. I think this castle in Nagano Prefecture and ‘Himeji-jo’ Castle in Hyogo Prefecture are the most beautiful real castles in Japan. Himeji-jo is called ‘White Egret Castle’ because of its color.

松本城Matsumoto-jo Castle, Oldest Castle in Japan

IMG_0179 IMG_0178

 

↓ ↓ ↓   ’Himeji-jo’ CastleHimeji-jo

Himeji-jo 2

2 thoughts on “Matsumoto-jo

    1. Thank you for the kind comment. 🙂 Actually two photos with cherry blossoms are taken by my friend professional photographer. 😦 Anyhow, the castle is very beautiful truly.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s