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    Posted: 10 February 2019 at 11:05
Last time we were at Nikko station waiting for a train that would take us, via a change or two, to Matsumoto.

It's hard taking photos from trains - the windows can be dirty, lights get reflected, the things move at speed, but sometimes it all comes together:

1

Autumn view, somewhere in the valleys of the foothills to the Japanese Alps (why oh why can Sony not now make a GPS system that is always on and part of the camera?)

After checking in to the hotel we have to check out some restaurants

2

Checking out the menu

On the way back to the hotel we pass a couple of used-book stores

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4


We came to Matsumoto to see the castle, one of the great surviving examples from medieval Japan

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Viewed from the castle grounds the scale of the structure is much more apparent

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Matsumoto castle dates from the C16 and is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. The keep (tenshukaku) maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework. During the Edo period the stronghold was also known as Crow Castle (烏城 Karasu-jo) because its black walls and roofs looked like spreading wings. So I was chuffed to grab this little snap from our hotel room

6a

A crow over Crow Castle (OnePlus 3 phone)

A couple of interior shots

7


It's not immediately apparent here, but there is a requirement to remove shoes at the entrance and carry your shoes up and down and through the castle in plastic bags until you get to the exit elsewhere.

8


Afterwards, in the city centre,

9

Visitors queue to offer prayers At Yohashira Shrine

And a splash of welcome autumn colour

10

Gardens near Yohashira Shrine

Except as noted, all A7 III and FE ZA 24-70mm F4

Thanks again for looking and for your comments and interest in my earlier posts.

Edited by Howard_S - 10 February 2019 at 11:08
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Fascinating set of images - again, Howard!

The castle is really impressive - particularly in #6. But as I already commented on Flickr: I love the bookstore shots! They are phantastic IMO!

For an image taken from a moving train #1 is great!

Thank you for sharing!
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Howard,
Wonderful images from this remarkable place.

I had the privilege of visiting Matsumoto and Nagano in 2009 when I accompanied my Suzuki violin teacher daughter to the annual international summer school held there, the world headquarters of Suzuki, and the home of its late founder Dr Shinichi Suzuki.

Images 2 to 11 from my post are of that beautiful castle, colloquially known as "the crow' because of the black painted wood. Perfectly preserved in all its medieval splendour, and I recall it was cleverly designed so as to appear to have four levels from the outside, but inside there was a concealed fifth level from which a hidden detachment of samurai could be deployed to surprise any attacker.

Matsumoto is such a quiet, traditional town full of beautiful buildings and gardens, and the alpine backdrop of the nearby ski fields.

Love all the images, with special mention of ##3, 5, 6, 9.
Thanks for sharing.





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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 February 2019 at 12:45
Arigato both!

And I'm really impressed by your castle photos, Jozioau. I saw the hidden floor inside the castle and the views are indeed splendid from the highest levels (where those girls are peeking out through the grill). There are some more in my Flickr album for Matsumoto, which can be found by clicking on any of the photos here.

Ours was a fleeting visit, but we did get a sense in Nakamichi and elsewhere of the intriguing life of the city beyond the big-name attractions.
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