We came to Matsumoto city in Nagano prefecture today to visit Matsumoto Castle. Today's highest temperature is 0 Celsius degrees! It is freezing.
If you would like to see a castle in central Japan area, visit Matsumoto Castle. This castle is designated as National Treasure of Japan and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan, constructed in 1592. Because of the elegant black walls, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called 'Crow Castle'.
By the way, how many floors do you think this castle has? It looks 5 floors, but actually there are 6 floors in it. You cannot see from outside, but there is a floor between 2nd and 3rd. When the battle started, samurais got together on this floor to protect themselves. There is no window on this floor.
Also, when you look at roof tiles carefully, you will notice that there are some kinds of tiles of family crests. This is because the owner of this castle changed frequently, the total feudal lords of this castle is 23 in the end.
Let's go inside of the castle!