Matsumoto Castle - In Search Of The "Black Castle".


Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture- Also known the "Black Castle" or "The Crow Castle" because of its black exterior.The national treasure of Japan.During Sengoku period, Shimadachi Sadanaga of the Ogasawara clan was in charge the castle.However, in 1550 it came under the rule of the Takeda Shingen (The Tiger Of Kai) and then Tokugawa Ieyasu.


Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture Japan is quite an interesting town.

 
My first glimpse of the Castle.
This black castle is like a wedding cake with its six storeys of sloping roofs.It was built on the site in 1504 by the Ogasawara family.


Matsumoto ! I was really impressed by your beauty!



Included in your castle ticket is admission to the Matsumoto City Museum next to the castle.


There are several other architectural defensive area - like this extra wide window for musket or archer.


Erika striking a post in front of the Castle.


..........and now my turn !


Samurai's Yoroi and Kabuto (Armor and helmet) was also display at Matsumoto Castle. There is also an exhibit about the birth of Matsumoto castle and the politics of the successive lords.



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