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Matsumoto 松本

A historic castle town in central Nagano prefecture, famous for its original, feudal-era fortress (listed as a National Treasure), as well as its strange local delicacies - e.g. horsemeat, bee larvae and crickets!

Pictures from two separate visits in May 2004 and July 2008.
Matsumoto-jō 松本城
Matsumoto-jō 松本城
Traditional shops along the Metoba-gawa
Traditional shops along the Metoba-gawa
Nakamachi district
Nakamachi district
Koi-no-bori over the Metoba-gawa
Koi-no-bori over the Metoba-gawa
View from Matsumoto-jō
View from Matsumoto-jō
Kaichi Gakkō
Kaichi Gakkō
Panorama of Matsumoto-jō and moat
Panorama of Matsumoto-jō and moat
Entering the castle park
Entering the castle park
Kuro-mon
Kuro-mon
Reconstructed Taiko-mon
Reconstructed Taiko-mon
Tree framing the black keep
Tree framing the black keep
Approach to the Taiko-mon
Approach to the Taiko-mon
Kuro-mon with donjon beyond
Kuro-mon with donjon beyond
Tenshu-kaku with adjacent red bridge
Tenshu-kaku with adjacent red bridge
Looking out to the red bridge
Looking out to the red bridge
Donjon from the Hon-maru
Donjon from the Hon-maru
View northwards to the Kaichi Gakkō
View northwards to the Kaichi Gakkō
Path to the donjon through the Hon-maru
Path to the donjon through the Hon-maru
View over the Hon-maru with foundation markers
View over the Hon-maru with foundation markers
Feeding swans near the bridge
Feeding swans near the bridge
Smaller Inui-kotenshu turret
Smaller Inui-kotenshu turret
Red bridge with donjon and Inui-kotenshu
Red bridge with donjon and Inui-kotenshu
Tempura lunch set
Tempura lunch set