Matsumoto Castle – splendid collaboration between castle and cherry blossoms

Matsumoto Castle is a symbol of the period of the warring states which remains for more than 500 years.

The castle is located in Matsumoto, Nagano, and is still familiar not only to citizens but also to foreign tourists as a symbol of the city.

In spring, many visitors arrive to see cherry blossoms surrounding the moat in full bloom.



A flurry of cherry blossoms blown in the wind

In premises of the castle, more about 300 cherry trees including Yoshino cherries and weeping cherries.

During the “Corridor of the Light”, a lighting event held at the castle, you can enjoy the illuminated cherry blossoms together with the castle, as well as the musical performance with Japanese traditional instruments.


Beautiful harmony between castle and nature

The best part of the Matsumoto Castle is the beautiful harmony with surrounding environments.

With splendid view of the Japan Alps in its back, the castle features tasteful black and white contrast.

Furthermore, in spring, elements of cherry blossoms creates even more beautiful view unique to Japan.


Worth visiting through all seasons

Of course, it is well worth visiting in other seasons as well.

On of the must-see points are the moat. If you look into the water, you can see the castle reflected on the water surface.

You can enter the castle and see the structure inside as well.

It is such a hard exercise to climb a steep staircase!

Imagining that people in the old times climbed this staircase usually, I realize how modern people are lacking in exercise.

【Matsumoto Castle】

Address: 4-1, Marunouchi, Matsumoto, Nagano

Access: 15min walk from Matsumoto Sta. on JR Shinonoi Line
Duration: “Corridor of the Light” held for 10 days from 3 days after the official cherry bloom announcement


Garry Wu, an amateur photographer who lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

Jane Wu, an amateur photographer who lives in Xinbei, Taiwan.