4/10 - 4/17, 2019 "Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing" at Matsumoto Castle4.0
from 4/10 '19 to 4/17 '19
Matsumoto Castle is located in Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture, 2.5 hours by express trains from Tokyo.
Now in Japan, there are only 12 existing castles that still retain their original castle keep. Matsumoto Castle is one of the 12 original construction castles and has five-floor. Five-floor castles are only Matsumoto Castle and Himeji Castel.
In addition, this castle features of the elegant black walls and sometimes called "Crow Castle". The view of Matsumoto Castle with a wide moat, bridges, and Northern Alps Mountains is absolutely photogenic.
In April, approximately 300 cherry trees burst into bloom, and the trees are illuminated at night. It's really stunning!
"Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing" is held on 4/10-4/17 at Matsumoto Castle Honmaru Garden. Performances of gagaku (Japanese classical music) with three instruments (sou, shakuhachi), and the flute, will be held in Tsukimi-yagura. Tea ceremony seats will be set in Honmaru Garden and there will be stalls of hanami dango (sweet rice dumplings) and the permanent shop too. Please come and see the festival.
*Admission is 610 yen. Free admisson to the interior garden in the evening during the festival. (However, it is not possible to climb in the tower.)
Access: a 15-min walk from Matsumoto Sta.
*Please check the official website for the latest information.
PurposeFestivals,should go,now this is Japanese cuisine,world heritage,night view,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Matsumoto Sta. (about 1km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
4.0a month ago
Well worth the climb.
The castle was very busy with local and foreign tourists which means we could not take our time to the top because there was always a crowd behind us. That said, the interior opened our eyes to the life of the Samurai and his Lord. Surrounding gardens were beautiful and had a great display of cherry blossoms in mid April.
5.0a month ago
Even though it is closed but you can visit outside and shoot the photo. The castle still looks great and powerful once I'm stay near there. Don't worry to walk at night since there is very safe for everyone.
5.02 months ago
Very impressive exhibition of a local castle. The interior is well kept and the staff do a good job of organizing the tourists which gives you more time to appreciate the castle. There are interesting exhibits inside the castle to further dive into the history of Matsumoto Castle. The surrounding area has additional exhibits to understand the city in its earlier day.
5.0a month ago
Great castle with an interesting history and mini museum inside. Also plenty of cherry blossoms in spring to make this a must visit castle if you're anywhere close. Seemed like a popular spot for wedding photography with several couples having photo shoots in the two hours or so I were there.
3.0a month ago
The gardens on the castle ground are great for a leisure stroll and the castle itself features some stunning architectural details. However, I don’t think it worth visiting the inside of castle. The interiors are pretty empty and waiting times for entering are quite long.