Kenji and I decided to take a trip up to Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture to try out his new toll-road tags, which give him a flat 1000 yen rate on weekends. We got lucky, and hit the cherry blossom peak in Nagano as well!
We woke up early for the trip, since the drive is about 3 hours. An hour or two in, we took a detour to see a dam and mess around, then took another detour to a small lake. Several detours later, we arrive in Matsumoto to park and eat, then go see the castle!
Next up we walked into downtown Matsumoto to check things out, and came across a clock museum which we HAD to go see of course! After we finished there, we walked near the station and ran right into the middle of a sake festival going on. Well of course we joined, and had a very good time, then found a place to eat, sobered up, and went to see the castle one last time at night before heading home.
Clock tower outside the museum
Matsumoto-jyou is considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful castles, with good reason! I want to go see Himeji, the white castle, and compare the two!