Matsumoto city which located in Nagano province of Chubu area is an international tourist conference of Japan. Therefore, the city is considered as the paradise for vacationers in ski resorts and hot springs. Matsumoto Castle is also known as Matsumotojō – one of the most beautiful and oldest castles in Japan, spanning more than 400 years of history.
Furthermore, built on a plain with the architectural style of the “Five Ruins”, the castle is considered the national security of Japan with extremely sophisticated architecture. In addition, there are also traditional samurai costume workers ready to take pictures with visitors. Unlike most other castles built of concrete, Matsumoto Castle has a wooden interior that gives you a warm and friendly feel. In addition, the second floor of the castle is used as a showcase for figurines, armor, and weapons.
Meanwhile, the top floor will be the ideal place for you to enjoy the panoramic view of the castle and the city. Ticket price to visit the castle is 610 yen (about 124,000). It is a 15-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station, which is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
1 Admire the beauty of the city and castle at cherry blossom season
Cherry flower is the national flower in Japan, so when visiting the country, you can not miss out the change to admire the beauty of the flower. The best time to admire cherry is in middle April when you choose Matsumoto city for traveling. Especially in the castle, when the cherry blossom will increase the beauty, making you like a lost in a fairy world. Around this time, every night, the castle will open for free to visitors to listen to traditional song performances. Event time is usually 3 days after the cherry blossom starts to bloom and lasts for 8 days later.
2 Visit temples
One of the most important temples in Matsumoto is the temple of Jorinji which has the wooden door is considered one of the oldest doors in the city. When visiting the place, you will get relax and comfortable feeling in beautiful gardens in the temple. Alternatively, you can also visit the nearby Inari temple. Inari Okami is one of the most important gods in Shinto religion. Thus, the Inari statue is located right at the temple gate, making it easy for visitors to observe and photograph. These temples are only a 5-minute walk from Matsumoto Station.
3 Visit Daio mustard farms
Daio is the largest mustard farm with an area of over 15 hectares and is a popular tourist destination in Matsumoto city of Japan. The water is led straight from the streams in the vicinity to the farm, forming a dense network of conductors for the cultivation of mustard. In order to help increase tourists, farmers were built along the field, as well as exhibitions on how to plant and make mustard. Nearby, you can also visit the Daio Shrine. The temple is named after a local hero.
Out of the farm, you do not forget to buy mustard products and enjoy the mustard ice-cream. The farm is open free from 9 am to 5 pm for visitors. From November to February, the farm is open until 4:30 pm. In order to get there, from Shinanno-Omachi Station, you can take the Oito Line to Matsumoto, then down to Hotaka Station. From here, you can take a taxi to the farm for about 10 minutes or rent a bicycle to go for 200 yen (about 40,000) per hour.
4 Travel around Nakamichi-Dori ancient town
It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to walk to Nakamichi-Dori, where many ancient architecture houses, traditional eateries, guest houses and grocery stores are located. If Tokyo is a vibrant, modern and busy city, then come to Nakamichi-dori, you will feel the pace of life slow, gentle, and relaxed of the people here. When visiting Nakamichi-dori, you will have the opportunity to see, relax and experience the culture of the Japanese in the closest way. This place fully describes how the Japanese balance in culture – has developed rapidly to catch up with modern life, while trying to preserve ancient, traditional memories.
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