Apr/1～, 2021 "Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing" at Matsumoto Castle(cancel)4.0
from 4/1 '21 to 4/8 '21
※Due to the coronavirus concerns, the Night Sakura Viewing is canceled. Only a part of the night illumination of Sakura will be held. Visitors can not enter in the Honmaru Garden in the nighttime.
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 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 700 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. We can't answer any question about this article.
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.
5.0a month ago
The castle with a history of more than 500 years is greatly maintained. The staff was very helpful in reminding everyone of their steps as the visitors made their way up to the 6th level. The staircases are quite steep and sometimes narrow, not to mention, tall people have to mind their heads at each landing. The castle is airy. The wooden floor can be cold in the winter as everyone has to carry their shoes in a provided plastic bags (hopefully these bags are properly treated?!). There's an interesting collection of rifles, portable bullet holders and bullet cases.
5.03 months ago
Parking nearby was plentiful and inexpensive. This made a great stop on the way to Nagano. Very impressive architecture. Had very steep stairs which made us a little nervous for the kids but the staff there is very attentive and safety conscious. Very impressive older gun collection. Our kids loved fellow in full samurai gear at the exit who was very generous in posing for pictures.
5.0in the last week
You don't need to cross the moat to get great photos of Matsumoto castle. (Of course, you're going to enjoy it if you do). The park is well kept and a pleasure to walk through.
5.0a month ago
Matsumoto Castle was beautiful. You can climb up to 6th floor to enjoy the view from the top of the castle. In the castle there are samurai suits and guns and bullets on display. The stairs were very steep and slippery so you have to be very careful.
The ticket prices was 700yen for and adult.
After the tour of the castle, with the same ticket you can use that to enter a museum close to the castle. We didn't go to the museum because we didn't have time. So you can also choose not to go if you don't have time or not interested.
5.0a month ago
It’s a castle, in Matsumoto. It’s exactly what the name says and I was a terrific experience. Wish the town had a bit more to do though!