2016年06月23日

'Matsumoto Castle', standing in the heart of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, features Japan's oldest full-scale 'tenshukaku' castle tower.

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Around 10 years before the completion of Edo Castle in Tokyo, which is regarded as the symbol of the unification of feudal Japan, the present tenshukaku castle tower of Matsumoto Castle was built. As those years were in the midst of wartime, the castles had to be well defended. Accordingly most castles in this period stand on a hill, this kind of castle is called 'yamashiro' hilltop castle. However, Matsumoto Castle is a typical 'hirashiro' flatland castle, equipped with tall stone walls, double moats, gun and arrow loops (As shown in the second picture), as fortifications. The two storied building in the left of the tallest building in the first picture was built in the 17th century, when Japan was already pacified, therefore any kinds of defensive devices can't be found inside. Castle tower of Matsumoto Castle is designated as a national treasure together with four other castles, Himeji Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle and Matsue Castle. In this connection, Matsumoto City is carrying out the project to restore the outer moat of this castle by 2020.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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