Apart from being one of the most beautiful among Japanese castles that are still intact in their original form, the Matsumoto Castle is unique for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the castle adjoins both a turret and a second donjon to the castle's main keep. Even more importantly, the castle is what is known in Japanese as a 'hirajiro', i.e., a castle that is built on the plains rather than on a mountain or a hilltop (and this when Matsumoto is specially regarded as a mountain city!).
Apart from the grandeur of the castle, visible from both outside as well as by exploring the insides of the castle keep, the Matsumotojo is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot. The castle grounds especially have an abundance of cherry trees of the somei yoshino variety.Places nearby:
Kurobe Dam: Where Japanese Engineering Ingenuity Meets Endurance 45 km / 28 mi
Miyagawa Morning Market: The Takayama Marketplace That Has Everything 64 km / 40 mi
Kusatsu Hot Spring Baths: Japans Best Hot Springs 70 km / 43 mi
Oshino Hakkai: The Spring of the Gods at the Foot of Mt. Fuji 116 km / 72 mi
Shiraito Falls: Sacred and Picturesque 117 km / 72 mi