Mar/31 - Apr/7, 2020 "Nighttime Cherry Blossom Viewing" at Matsumoto Castle4.0
from 4/1 '20 to 4/8 '20
※Due to the coronavirus concerns, the Night Sakura Viewing is canceled. Only 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 on 3/31-4/17 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. 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 week 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.
5.04 months ago
Pretty neat castle with well kept grounds and a park surrounding it. There are no barriers to the moat but the water isn't deep if you were to fall in. Lots of koi swimming around along with swans and ducks. You can enter the castle grounds and the castle itself, but I had my dog with me so I wasn't planning on going in. There are a ton of other historic sites around the area, such as a shrine across the street. It was definitely worth going out of our way for.
4.02 months ago
A very beautiful japanese castle, with a beautiful trees, lake with fishes, ducks and swans. One of my favorites. Inside the the entrance fee is about ¥700 for adults, from 8:30am. The garden is free.
3.02 months ago
I would like to give 3.5 stars 😃. The castle is amazingly beautiful. Love it's view and park around it can be a nice walkway.
5.03 months ago
Enjoyed the view arround tha castle.
If you have time and. 700 yen and patience to wait in the queue, then bother to enter the top of the tower