All Japanese castles are spectacular and represent some important element of Japanese culture, Matsumoto Castle is no exception. The castle was completed in the 16th century. For nearly 300 years after its completion, and before its complete renovation during the Meiji Era, the castle was ruled by 23 lords of Matsumoto.
As you tour the grounds, you will understand why Matsumoto Castle carries the nickname ‘Karasjo’ or ‘Crow Castle’ as many of the exterior walls are painted a deep ebon, and from many perspectives on the castle grounds, it appear as if the towers are wings, spread wide to encompass all the samurai lord’s domain. Moreover, Matsumoto Castle is so distinctive that in 1952, the keep (Inui-ko-tenshu), the roofed passage (Watari-yagura), the southern wing (Tatsumi-tsuke-yagura) and the moon viewing room (Tsukimi-yagura) were designated as Japanese natural treasures.
As part of the experience, I and other Blain Harasymiw Japan Photo Workshop leaders will share about the great figures who played a key role in the castle’s history from Ieyasu Tokugawa to Hideyoshi Toyotomi, so as you fill your camera or phone’s memory card to commemorate your visit, your photo workshop guide will enrich your understanding about the significance of the castle and its preservation since its completion. Matsumoto Castle is also one of the three famous castles of Japan, so seize tick it off your list of must-see famous locations in Japan.
With a meticulously cared for and historically significant castle photo op as part of your Japan photo tour, what are you waiting for?