Photographer's Note

Matsumoto Castle at blue hour

I took several pictures of Matsumoto Castle at the blue hour but since I had no tripod most of them weren’t sharp enough. This is one I took in the beginning of the blue hour while the main keep of the castle was already illuminated.

Matsumoto-jō (Matsumoto Castle) is one of the most complete and beautiful castles in Japan.
Its wooden interior provides an authentic experience unlike that felt at many other castles in the country that were rebuilt of ferro-concrete. Interesting features of the castle include steep wooden stairs, openings to drop stones onto invaders, openings for archers, as well as an observation deck at the top, sixth floor of the main keep with nice views over the surrounding city.

Matsumoto-jō is Japan’s oldest original wooden castle.
The main castle and its second donjon were built from 1592 to 1614. These structures were well-fortified as peace was not yet fully achieved at the time.

Built in contrasting black and white, it got the nickname Karasu-jō which means Crow Castle.

Information from: and from the Lonely Planet Guide.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5440 W: 17 N: 13187] (52856)
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