Visit the Matsumoto Castle to take in many years of history. This 15th-century masterpiece is one of Japan's premier historic castles and a true national treasure, especially in the fall when the auburn leaves hint at seasonal change.
Anytime (castle's interior is open from 8:30am-4:30pm)
Wide-angle lens (22mm)
How to get there
N36° 14' 21.1452"E137° 58' 05.0484"
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 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). The walk will take around 17 minutes and you will see the park on your right. Enter the park by using the entrance near Mitsuino Repark Matsumotojosei 2-chome Dai 2 Parking Lot and continue walking straight. You will see Matsumotojo Uzu Bridge and Matsumoto Castle as you walk.
Reference the GPS coordinates and you'll find the exact point where I stood behind the trees to get this side view of the castle.
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