Matsumoto Castle has been one of Japan's most cherished castles since it was constructed in the 1500s. During the spring season, the cherry blossoms romantically frame the structure, creating a pleasing contrast of sharp architectural design and soft, natural elements.
Anytime (castle's interior is open 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Telephoto lens (70mm)
How to get there
N36° 14' 18.8844"E137° 58' 04.494"
This image was taken on the grounds of the Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto, Nagano. You can either drive or take public transportation to reach this destination.
If you're driving, there will be various parking lots surrounding Matsumoto Castle Park, like the Shiei Kaichi Parking Lot or Mitsuino Repark Matsumotojosei 2-chome Dai 2 Parking Lot.
For those taking public transportation, get off at the Matsumoto Station stop (via Limited Express trains on the Chuo Line, Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line, Oito Line, Shinano Train, or Shinonoi Line), then head north toward the castle (about a 17-minute walk) by taking Prefectural Route 295. You will need to turn right when you get to Matsumoto City Route 1517 and then left into Ote 2-chome (intersection).
From the main entrance of the castle, go around to the moat pond and stay on the west perimeter of the grounds. You'll see the cherry blossoms, which is where you'll be able to capture a familiar photo.
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