The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

by Hideo - Japan Licensed Guide
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I picked up 4 Americans at Mastumoto station to take them to Scenic spots of  Matsumoto on Aug 20th.

【Matsumoto Castle

was built by Ishikawa Kazumasa in 1593.  The castle is the oldest, 5 roofed 6 storied among existing towers.  The highlight of the castle is black, very rare, while most castles built after 1600s are white.  When you visit the castle, you'll soon find why it is black.

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

【Former Kaichi school

is one of the oldest schools in Japan.  It was used as a functional school for 90 years until 1973.   Japanese carpenters created by imitating Western-style architecture, so outwardly employs Western-style designs but uses traditional Japanese techniques in roof frameworks.
 School rooms remind us of nostalgic Shawa-like atmosphere.

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

【Two popular streets】

One is Nawate street.  The statue of frog is waiting for you.  It is said that frogs were singing by beautiful voices in Metoba river.

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

The other is Nakamachi street.  There are a lot of houses with white mortar grid patterns called "Namako Kabe"

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

【Matsumoto City Museum

Do you know Yayoi Kusama?  She is a pioneer of modern art in Japan.  Her works are exhibited at permanent display room at the museum.  One of her works "Phantom Flower" is placed in front of the museum.

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

Her most famous one is the polka-dot pumpkin in Naoshima Island.

The Black Matsumoto Castle and City Museum

If you are interested in Naoshima, how about  "Modern Art Naoshima Island" ?

If you are interested in Matsumoto, how about  "Matsumoto Golden Route" ?

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