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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

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↓ ↓ ↓   ’Himeji-jo’ CastleHimeji-jo

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    • 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.


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